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Guardians of the Galaxy baddie Thanos may not have the brand recognition of Marvel villains like, say: Doctor Doom, Red Skull, or Loki.

However, if Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige‘s opinion has any merit, then Thanos easily measures up to his nefarious contemporaries–with actor Josh Brolin giving him life, that is.

Brolin did more than simply voice the supervillain–they also filmed him, as Feige recently explained in an interview with Collider:

We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time, but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. We ran it by [Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn] who loved it, ran it by [Joss Whedon] who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it. We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well.” 

More from Feige after the jump:

According to Feige, Brolin’s casting was straight out of a “dream” list of performers he wanted to see in a Marvel film:

We were looking at a wish list of ‘Wouldn’t it be great if’ names, and his name was on it. You look at his face and the performances he gives — he could be Thanos without any effects. He has that kind of face and that kind of gravitas to it.

We get it Kev, you got a big ol’ mancrush on Brandon Walsh from Goonies. 😉

In all seriousness, the man has a point–I mean LOOK at Thanos: Special effects makeup or CGI technology almost seems redundant–dude is purplish-gray Josh Brolin.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been anticipating the appearance of Thanos in the films ever since he was teased in the first post-credits sequence of Avengers (no, he wasn’t eating shawarma with Tony and pals–the OTHER post-credits sequence).

Many fans were disappointed when it was revealed that Thanos would not be in the Avengers sequel, and believed he was only shown so Joss Whedon could dick with the viewers.

Seeing him up on the big screen, ruining the Guardians’ day, will be a huge treat.

Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, is scheduled to open August 1.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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