Thanos actor Josh Brolin says he only took on the role because the Titan makes on all of the superheroes in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Brolin firstly took on the role for a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, and returned in the mid-credits scene for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He was then essentially the lead in Avengers: Infinity War, lending degree and emotion to the villain as he successfully hunts down the Infinity Stones.

Brolin’s Thanos engaged in a number of epic combats in Avengers: Infinity War, first contend Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, and most of the Defender of the Galaxy on Titan, before arriving in Wakanda and tackling the rest of the Avengers. Once there, he kills Vision, overcomes Scarlet Witch and Thor, and snaps half of all life in the universe out of existence. Brolin returned as Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, once again taking on all the remaining Avengers in the first third of the cinema, and fighting all of the made heroes in one of the largest and most epic cinematic battles ever at the movie’s climax.

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Now, Brolin reveals that he wouldn’t have taken on the role of Thanos if the criminal had been facing off against only one of the Avengers. Speaking to legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins and his wife, James, on their podcast Team Deakins, Brolin says that when he signed up to appear as Thanos he was given a character bible and it revealed that Thanos would be taking on all of The Avengers in the Infinity War epic. Brolin also reveals that when he first indicated on to the role, it was just a cameo, which didn’t offer very well. You can speak Brolin’s full mentions below 😛 TAGEND

“I turned down quite a bit of those things and again parties were like “money! ” When I said yes to Avengers it was a small thing. It was mostly a cameo, so there was not a lot of coin involved. So that wasn’t the reason. But when they came to me they gave me a big bible. I enjoyed that it was all[ of them ]. If it had been one of the Avengers – and I don’t mean this, I probably shouldn’t say this but I’m just gonna say it – I probably wouldn’t have done it. But the fact that it was all the Avengers against this one guy. I liked that aspect of it.”

Brolin’s remarks reveal that not only was the plan to have Thanos take on all The Avengers broiled into the character from early on, but too that Marvel Studios clearly wasn’t sure they’d follow through on those designs from the beginning. By only signing him on for his first appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel was likely pay themselves an out in case the Infinity War sage-green didn’t play out the highway they wanted it to. Clearly, though, it did and Brolin was brought back for further appearances.

It’s also interesting to note that Brolin was obviously not keen on playing a inventory scoundrel in a smaller Marvel movie, but was viewing out for a more complex and impactful villain capacity to stimulate his superhero movie debut. As it turned out, the character he got was probably the biggest bad considered to be in a superhero movie to date, so his hand-picked worked out. It would be interesting to know, though, who would have taken on the role if Brolin turned it down, and how different Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame would have been if he had.

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Source: Team Deakins

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