It’s a moment of reckoning as the stage is almost set for a monumental crossover, following the successful spin of MCU’s first 12 movies comprising both Phase 1 and 2. The latest batch of films stands to be the payoff for years of arc establishing and universe building – culminating in the highly anticipated event in Avengers: Infinity War. The two part event represents the culmination of all the characters, known and unknown yet, perfectly teaming up to fight the ultimate villain, Thanos in a battle that is expected to rattle the universe at its core.
Central to all of these is the Mad Titan, Thanos. His role has been so far relegated to a mere sketchy image of a villain silently working and pulling strings in the background. In fact, we are yet to see him leave his floating, rocky throne. This however, does not reduce our respect for the Mad Titan as audience anticipation grows stronger, eager to see how this villain cause havoc to the universe. Now that phase 3 is dawning upon us, we will definitely expect more and more of Thanos’ presence on the next Marvel movies.
With so much excitement and hype surrounding Thanos’ character and role, actor Josh Brolin couldn’t be happier. Playing the role of the Mad Titan, he shared some details in an interview with Superhero Hype and disclosed some of Thanos key role in the MCU. As expected, Brolin can’t say much except share his excitement about the movie franchise and the larger role that his character will portray. Brolin explains, “It’s not voice work, it’s mo-cap. I’m there. I’m there and I’m not in a booth. I’m being filmed. I have a bunch of crap on my face. [laughs] I’m being filmed by like thirty-four cameras? Thirty-six cameras? Something like that. Every movement, everything. So, it’s very new to me, it’s very exciting, it’s very unnerving. But I sure trust these guys!”
Surely, Brolin’ s acting skills gave life to Thanos as a nemesis that you’ll love to hate, even with such a brief stint in Guardians of the Galaxy. Brolin has set the stage on how the Mad Titan should be perceived – respectable and dignified in spite of holding a murderous intent at a universal scale. Of course CGI is largely credited for creating a menacing image of the villain, but it is the actor’s genius that brought life to Thanos’ ubiquitous presence, with more details to come as the next batch of movies progress. “We’re supposed to get together very soon to talk about the trajectory of Thanos in the next few years and it’s very exciting. It’s one of the better decisions I think I’ve made,” confirms Brolin.
So far, Thanos made his last appearance during the mid-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he displays his dissatisfaction and eventually decided to take matters into his own hands. Fans were frenzied when finally the Infinity Gauntlet made its debut, hinting to the obvious fact that all of this will culminate with the Infinity War movies. The Infinity Gauntlet itself is mysterious and appealing as the character of Thanos himself. Imbued with limitless power, the powerful glove once equipped with the Infinity Stones, will grant its wearer god-like powers never before seen in the Marvel universe.
There is still much to expect, and much that we don’t know on how the stories will cover ground and transform Thanos to become the greatest threat the universe has ever known. Perhaps we’ll see more of this soon as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits the big screen.
We surely admire Brolin for his excitement of his portrayal. True enough that he had played his cards right as an actor, and taking the role of Thanos will surely be one of the best decisions that he has ever made.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.