Thanos, who has largely been seen sitting down in completely CGI-constructed scenes, will return for Avengers: Infinity War. Based on the name of the third installment in the Avengers franchise, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo of Captain America: Civil Warfame, it looks like this may finally be the moment that the Avengers get to actually meet Thanos.
The Russos shared a new set photo, which can be seen below, featuring actor Josh Brolin in his motion capture suit. The directors didn’t say anything about the image, instead just capturing it “Rehearsal,” but it does appear like Brolin’s character, which also appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, will get to do a little more than just sit around and look menacing in Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released May 4, 2018.
Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos is the MCU films, has praised the directors of the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ films.
The actor, who is currently promoting the home entertainment release of the Coen brothers’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’, told Yahoo he saw parallels between the critically acclaimed directing duo and the Russo brothers, who are helming both installments of ‘Infinity War’.
He said: “I think these guys are just masterful at telling stories. They are into it. It is really fun. They [the directors Anthony and Joe Russo] are like the Coen brothers in their own way. You know they go to Palm Springs and they rent a house for a week and they flip burgers. They talk about the things Thanos could do. It is amazing.”
Brolin also described the moment when he first read the script for the next ‘Avengers’ film:
“I have known the co president of Marvel for over 20 years [and he said:] ‘Hey will you come to the Valley, so we can tell you the story of what we are going to do?’ I obviously got in my car immediately and I went to the Valley, which I don’t like to go to! And then I sat at a big table with all these guys and they just went through the story very specifically and I was completely and utterly blown away. It really is a fun world. It is a new world for me. Some people have been doing this since they we’re even kids and as much as I was in to a few comics I don’t know a lot about this world but I do know how deeply it affects people.’
There are still five Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films set to be released before “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1,” but that’s not stopping one of its stars from sharing his thoughts on the two-part film.
In an interview with Digital Spy, star Josh Brolin admitted that he knows the plot of the movie, but he can’t reveal any spoilers.
“I literally can’t say one word about it, but it’s an incredible story. There’s no script yet. But I do know the story inside and out, and it’s an amazing story,” he said.
Brolin went on to say, “I sat at a table and listened to the story and was completely and utterly blown away. I was told it by all the people involved. It was a large table, I’ll put it that way.”
GameNGuide noted that the table Brolin was seated at included directors Anthony and Joe Russo, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and producer Kevin Feige, all of whom worked on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War” together.
It is unclear if any other cast members took part in that meeting, although it’s likely considering Brolin said it was “a large table.”
The actor has made cameo appearances as villain Thanos in previous MCU films “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
In the Marvel movies, Thanos has been collecting Infinity Stones, which will give him the power to rule over the universe.
“Infinity War” will see the Avengers, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, along with other superheroes that have been introduced in the franchise, come together to try and stop Thanos as he finally collects all of the Stones.
In May, McFeely told Cinema Blend that Thanos will “do lots of dastardly things” in the film, but he’ll do more than just twist “his mustache the whole time,” according to Markus.
The screenwriters said the film will let fans “learn about the character, not just as a villain.”
It’s already been confirmed that “Infinity War” will feature 67 characters, most of whom we’ve seen in previous films.
As Joe Russo revealed back in January, “We have so many characters we’re dealing with. We’re breaking ground on ‘Avengers: Infinity War.” We have a board with 67 characters on it.”
That’s a lot of characters to include, but if “Captain America: Civil War,” which the Russo brothers directed, is any indication, then the directing duo is certainly up to the task.
“Avengers: Infinity War — Part 1” will be released on May 4, 2018, and “Avengers: Infinity War — Part 2” is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.
As Thanos, Josh Brolin has one of the sweetest gigs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His character is mostly computer-generated, he’s only ever had a handful of lines, he has a cool rocket chair in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and he still gets to be the biggest villain in the whole universe. However, Avengers: Infinity War will make him get out of that rocket chair and actually do something for once, and it sounds like Brolin is really excited about the prospect of finally getting a chance to murder some superheroes.
Speaking with Moviefone (via IGN), Brolin said that he recently “sat at a table” and “listened to the [Infinity War] story from beginning to end,” which he seemed to be pretty happy with. He said that actors sometimes have to say something is “a great movie” or “a great experience” even though they don’t really mean it, but Infinity War “is the opposite.” He says the story is basically about Thanos “against everybody” and is “really fun” overall, adding that he was “blown away” by how “brilliant” it all was. He even claims that he “had goose pimples” for most of the time he was hearing the story, and he’s “pretty amazed” that he gets to be a part of it.
No plot details about Infinity War (which is reportedly just a working title) have been released, but it will most likely feature some of the same elements as Jim Starlin and George Pérez’s The Infinity Gauntlet comic. That story involved Thanos essentially becoming the supreme being of the entire universe, so it’s not especially surprising that the guy playing Thanos would be into that.
Thanos has been a part of the MCU for roughly four years now, having first shown up in a post-credits scene after the original Avengers movie back in 2012. That makes him easily the most heavily teased movie villain of all time, but eventually all that teasing will come to an end when Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is released in May of 2018.
In the comic books, Thanos has been around even longer. He first appeared in the Iron Man comics back in 1973, but really came into his own as the main villain in the Infinity Gauntlet series upon which the two Infinity War movies are based. That means he will finally be moving out of the shadows and into leading man status in the movies as well. But will he be a compelling villain? Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely think so.
The pair recently spoke to The Huffington Post about making Thanos the main villain of the Infinity War movies, and how four years of teases affect fan expectations of the character. When asked what he was looking forward to the most about the two films, McFeely immediately pointed to Thanos:
“It’s easy. Really giving him good scenes. You know, he’s never been the villain in any of the movies. He’s never been the main character in that way, so giving lots of good screen time to Thanos is paramount and pretty fun. He hasn’t had an amazing scene. I think it’s an advantage ultimately, right? Because people are anticipating this guy coming in and really delivering the goods. So, I think they’re eager, and we just have to deliver it. We don’t have to convince them that he’s gonna be interesting. We just have to execute what has been teased.”
out of the shadows and into leading man status in the movies as well. But will he be a compelling villain? Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely think so.
Thanos will be played by Josh Brolin, a versatile actor who has more than proven himself in movies ranging from as far back as Goonies to his recent return to the world of the Coen Brothers with Hail, Caesar!. There is no doubt he brings some serious acting chops to the role, but the real question is whether or not Thanos will make a compelling villain. Although McFeely and Markus certainly vote yes, presenting interesting villains has not always been Marvel’s strong suit, at least not when it comes to the MCU. Reaction to Avengers: Age of Ultron was a mixed bag, even from its own director, and much of that had to do with Ultron himself. The burden is on Marvel to turn that around with Infinity War.