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Josh Brolin Talks Playing Marvel’s Big, Bad Thanos

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Marvel has been steadily building to their compendium event, Avengers: Infinity War Pt 1 &2, which will finally give us the villain Thanos. Thanos is set up to be someone who the Avengers almost cannot beat. The story for Infinity War in the comics, is a big event that sees most of your favorite heroes destroyed or blinked out of existence. It takes cunning and a bit of luck to finally defeat the mad titan known as Thanos.

One of the pivotal roles in the comics is that of Doctor Strange, who is being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stephen Strange basically sends all of Marvel’s mightiest heroes to face Thanos, knowing that they don’t stand a chance. It is a pivotal storyline that sees a few heroes playing an intricate game of chess against Thanos, hoping to distract him and secure the Infinity Gauntlet.

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Thanos reacts to Ronan’s defiance in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. Image: Marvel

As all the heroes gear up for this pivotal Marvel Cinematic moment, we will begin to hear about how Josh Brolin will tackle the role of the Marvel villain. In an interview with CBR, Brolin talks about the preparations that he has made for the role, and his approach to being Thanos:


When I’m on a set, there’s such a balance between, are you method-ly doing your research and getting into it and all that? And I said, yeah, but there’s so much imagination involved anyway. I think the difference with this, and I’m glad that I’ve had a couple of experiences going in front of 36 cameras and doing mo-cap and all that, it was really unnerving for me in the beginning.

So I’ve had those few experiences, I know what to expect a little bit more. Then, you just come in prepared, and you come in like anything else. You come in as, just the whole idea of coming in as Thanos, period — sitting down and saying, “What do you want me to do?” I’m ready. It’s fun. The thought of it is fun. It makes me nervous, but it’s fun.

Brad Repka
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