Dreamt up by comic book Zeus Jim Starlin, with his first appearance on 1973’s issue of Ironman #55, the Mad Titan Thanos has become a staple among cosmic adversaries. Already, he has (briefly) taken over the entirety of Existence, rewritten the Marvel Multiverse in an ill-fated spin-off and has struggled with his embarrassing crush over Death. His big movie breakout in the Avengers series has been already hyped to no end, but what are the future plans for the character, regarding the Marvel Movie Universe?
Thankfully, Josh Brolin has recently weighed in on the character (during a press release for his upcoming film Hail Caesar!) and hinted at a few of the studio’s future plans…
The cosmic pow-wow is expected to unfold during Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (2018) and reach its inevitable explosive climax with Infinity War Pat 2 (2019). While we don’t have many specifics regarding the role that Thanos will play out during the movie series, Josh Brolin recently teased nerds to no ends by saying:
“So Kevin [Feige], Louis D’Esposito – who I’ve known for a long time, since he was a First AD that I worked with on Hollow Man with Paul Verhoeven – and then the brothers… the Russo brothers. I get together with them next week, maybe the week after, and we’re going through the whole thing. And I don’t know anything at this point. I know a little, but, honestly, very little.”
For anyone that’s out of the Hollywood loop, Kevin Feige is the president of Marvel Studios, the meat-and-bones of the MCU while Louis D’Esposito is the producer behind pretty much every MCU movie, from Iron Man all the way to the upcoming Doctor Strange. The Russo Brothers (Joe & Anthony) are the directors of Infinity War, so a lot of this teasing is more than substantiated at this point. Josh Brolin revealed more about the intricacies of playing the MCU‘s biggest baddie ever in a separate interview, saying:
“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! You know? 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.”
So Thanos has a planned trajectory and will probably be finally promoted from post-credits nerd-candy all the way up to series antagonist, sooner than we think. Hey, it’s only so may times an immortal engine of destruction can put up with peeking out from backstage after Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, right? However, seasoned nerds are already asking: “that’s all well and good, but an Infinity War needs an Infinity Gauntlet. So where are the Stones, man?”
From what we know so far, only four out of the six in the full set have been accounted for in the MCU: Space was the Avenger’s MacGuffin Tesseract, currently under lock and key in Asgard. Mind was used to power Vision, during Avengers 2. Reality was contained in the aether during Thor 2, but managed to end up in The Collector‘s Museum in the post-credits sequence. Power made its debut in the Guardians Of The Galaxy, but has since then been contained by the Nova Corps. That leaves only Soul and Time out of the count, but we trust that they will show up in the wrong time at the wrong place before long on the silver screen.