With Guardians of the Galaxy coming out later this summer, and Guardians members Drax the Destroyer and Gamora having deep connections to him, one could guess that Thanos would be popping up in the film. Interestingly though, with only a few months left until the release of the movie, no one had been announced as playing the character. This lead most fans, myself included, to believe that either Thanos wouldn’t actually be seen on screen and only be mentioned, or that they were saving it for a surprise (possibly even just a stinger cameo again like in The Avengers).
Last week, both of those theories were shattered like Thor after Thanos turned him to glass in The Infinity Gauntlet, when it was officially announced that Oscar-nominated actor Josh Brolin will be providing the voice of the Mad Titan. Apparently, Thanos will only appear on screen as a hologram.
I’m not sure how I feel about the casting of Brolin. It’s nothing against his acting ability. He’s a very good actor and has been in some great films (True Grit, No Country for Old Men, and Milk, just to name a few). I’m just not convinced that he really fits the character. He’s not particularly tall (5’10”), muscular, or intimidating…three things Thanos most definitely is (Thanos is 6’7″). Brolin’s voice isn’t really what I envision when I think about what Thanos would sound like.
Of course a lot of this can be covered up/altered using visual and sound effects. And it’s yet to be revealed whether Thanos will be physically played by Brolin, or if he will merely be providing the voice and motion-capture work like James Spader is for the CGI-created Ultron in the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Because of this, I’m staying cautiously optimistic about the character’s representation. Brolin is a top-notch actor, so kudos to Marvel Studios for bagging another big time Hollywood personality to play such an important character in their Cinematic Universe. I’m definitely excited to see Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet story arc finally getting to be presented to the world on screen.