Fans have been waiting for the showdown between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Thanos ever since the Mad Titan appeared in the mid-credits scene of the first Avengers film. While the ruthless and powerful villain has been a hidden presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since, Avengers: Infinity War will finally bring Thanos out of the shadows for a climactic battle with our favorite heroes. In an interview with Collider, actor Josh Brolin talked about his experience playing the character and the desire to make Thanos a standout villain in the MCU.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that some of our favorite heroes will not survive the war against Thanos and the Mad Titan will more than likely be personally responsible for a few of those deaths. Brolin stated that he is prepared for audiences to hate him once the film is released and commented on his experience playing the character:
“Dude, I’m in a position just personally where not everybody loves me and that’s okay (laughs). Look, not everybody can be on your side all the time and that’s okay. When playing a character like this, dude, it’s like there’s something—I don’t know any other way to put it, it really turned out to be one of the greatest experiences I’ve had. I’m still not done, but it’s been incredible to be able to work with the Russos, to be able to work with these guys. I had no idea. It’s just a different type of acting, but then when they showed me a little six-minute teaser of a scene that I had done, I was so blown away by how next-level this digital process is and how real it feels. I don’t know how I could be anything but happy. If everybody hates me at the end of it, I don’t know, will it be worth it if it’s a great movie? Maybe.”
Just how reprehensible will the Mad Titan be in Avengers: Infinity War? Brolin offered a taste of a particular scene where director Joe Russo referenced The Godfather when guiding Brolin’s performance:
“Look, I got Joe Russo who’s constantly resourcing like The Godfather and, ‘You have a gun to his fucking head.’ I’m like, ‘I love you so much. The fact that you’re taking an Avengers scenario and you’re turning it into a Godfather thing for us to be able to kind of hang our hat on is great, and to emotionalize the whole thing.’ I think they were very happy where they said, ‘We didn’t really realize that Thanos is going to be as complex as he is,’ and I think they were very appreciative with the stuff that we’re bringing to it.”
Brolin also expressed his confidence that Thanos will break the streak of weak MCU villains:
“I can’t tell you definitively, but how I feel right now and what I’ve spoken to the Russos about and Feige, absolutely. It actually more than pulls it off, and I think what they’re coming up with based on what I’ve done, I think is next level.”
Even as someone has not been entirely on board the “Marvel has bad villains” train, Thanos is going to have to be a standout villain in the Marvel Cinematic in order for the film deliver on the promise of being the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe story and I’m excited to hear that the Mad Titan is going to be a complex and noteworthy antagonist. Do you think Thanos will live up to the hype? Share your thoughts below!
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Benicio Del Toro, Danai Gurira and Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in theaters on May 4, 2018.
5 Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains So Far
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a branching property. With its stories being told across film and television this juggernaut of a franchise has introduced many characters throughout the years, including superheroes, side characters and anti-heroes, but some of the most interesting are certainly the villains.
Villains are important to give the hero someone to face and to allow them to be heroic, but they should also be their own characters. They shouldn’t exist solely for the hero, but on their own terms. While the MCU has had some bumps along the road when it comes to villains there have been a few that have really shined as unique and interesting.
Here are the 5 best villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. This list contains spoilers. Click Next to continue.