Josh Brolin Dishes On Playing THANOS, Multi-Pic Deal, 'Death' Storyline And Taking On 'Iron Man'

The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For star reveals his inspiration and thoughts about signing on to play Marvel's Avatar of Death in multiple films, the Thanos/Death dynamic and more! Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/7/2014
"First and foremost, I have a really good friend who I've known for years who's the co-president of Marvel, Louis D'Esposito," said Josh Brolin when IGN asked what he attracted him to Thanos, the Emperor of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "I knew Louis as a first AD, and he's the one who initially called me, and then [producer] Jeremy Latcham. Then I talked to Kevin Feige, ultimately. But there's something about them that's so insular and so geeky and so real. I loved it -- because I've turned down a lot of those types of movies. Not Marvel, but I've turned down a lot of those types of movies. When they started telling me the story about them getting together in Palm Springs, nine of them flipping burgers and talking about what Thanos was going to do and going, 'What do you think?' like, 'Captain America's going to show up here!' Then, 'Oh my God, what if the Hulk came in at that point?' and all that -- I love that sh**. I love it, because those guys are absolutely saturated with that world, and they love story. Another thing that I really loved is, they said that they didn't use directors that did music videos and all that in the past. They would always look for people who had done stories. If you look at James Gunn's oeuvre, he's done even web series, but they're all stories."

Brolin then revealed the comics and Colonel Kurtz, who Marlon Brando played in Apocalypse Now, as his source of inspiration for Thanos. "I start thinking of all those things, but that's after the fact," he said. "I want to know that these guys are really into what they're doing. It's not just like, 'Oh, Marvel's hot right now. Do you want to do a Marvel thing?' Well, no, I don't want to do a Marvel thing, because that can have the opposite impact, and you can actually work less and people go, 'Oh, why'd you get him for that?' I ask, 'Do I see myself as this thing and could I do this thing?' Not that I'm ever 100-percent sure, but we had constructed this small thing, Kevin Feige and I and Robert, and going on-stage at Comic-Con. Then it became something else. Once I got on-stage, it sort of became its own improv. I knew at that point, because I saw the rivalry between Robert [Downey Jr.] and I, and I thought, 'I get this. I suddenly really get it.' So I feel like I'm more inside it than I was. It was more a display to me before that. It was more cosmetic. Now I think I'm starting to get who the guy is a little bit." The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For actor then said he look forward to facing off with Robert Downey Jr.'s Armored Avenger, but it's "not necessarily because we're personally connected." He continued, "It's just, we're both in very different parts of our lives. He's fun. He's smart, and I like playing off of somebody smart, because it's challenging. I like the challenge a lot." About the mad titan Thanos' romantic relationship with Death in the comics, Brolin was asked when that'll play out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. "His relationship with Death, who is actually the woman, I love that," Brolin said. "You can take Sin City [in which Brolin plays a man obsessed with a dark-hearted woman] and pump it full of steroids, and then you have Thanos. I like that he's motivated by that -- not just motivated by destruction or death or this or that. He's motivated by a very identifiable, human trait."

Given that Thanos is set to appear in multiple films, Josh Brolin was then asked was he hesitant about signing a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios. "Having done different series and all that, it's like doing the best series you could ever do," he replied. "You know you're taken care of, you know the manifestations are good, you these people are at the top of their game. I've been involved in series where I couldn't wait to play a character and watch the character go through this trajectory, and then you would say, 'Why would you do that?' Like, you're doing that based on a model of what you think people want. 'Oh, we need a love interest now. Oh, we need this.' This is already set up, and it's set up brilliantly. It's like, 'Okay, now how are you going to utilize it in a way that's within Avengers, within Guardians, within that?' I don't know if there's anybody better than them [Marvel Studios]. They understand it. They live it. I can tell you live it too, and it's that kind of a thing. It's like, I'm catching up to you guys, and I love the idea of catching up to somebody." He continued, "You know, there are movies that I've done where I feel like I have a better understanding before I even started than the filmmakers do. And that's disconcerting because they're the filmmakers. They're like, 'Well, what do you want to do?' It's like,'What do you mean what do I want to do? What do you want me to do?' We can go back and forth with it, and maybe I'll have my two cents over here and they go, 'Oh my God, that would be great. Even though that's not really a part of Thanos, it would be a great addition to Thanos, to make him even more Thanos,' or bring even more humanity to Thanos -- whatever it is. So I'm in the learning stages that is really exciting. When I first said yes, they sent me so much frickin' research. I was in the middle of doing Everest, and I was focusing more on Thanos than I was on Everest. But it's an exciting prospect, truly." Josh Brolin then said that, though he doesn't know of Thanos' planned arc in its entirety, he does have an idea: "I know what one appearance is going to be for sure. There's one or two that I don't know."


Source: IGN
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JordanKing - 8/7/2014, 3:08 PM
Marvel vs DC right now..

EzioKenway1225 - 8/7/2014, 3:10 PM
Brolin was great in his small role as Thanos.. as i have said.. he brought the right amount of superiority and regalness to the role..hsi speech to Ronan was great too
BANEofExistence - 8/7/2014, 3:10 PM
cool...not sure what will be done once he is the main bad in Avengers 3... Idef seim as a big bad in Guardians 2 though
MrReese - 8/7/2014, 3:11 PM
Kill IM off!!! ;)
EzioKenway1225 - 8/7/2014, 3:12 PM
JordanKing-lets not start that
Jollem - 8/7/2014, 3:13 PM
what about thor? that seems like a better scrap
BatManHeisenberg - 8/7/2014, 3:14 PM
He'll be awesome when he gets a bigger ole. He already was awesome.
yossarian - 8/7/2014, 3:14 PM
Can't wait. I keep having to remind myself that Avengers 2 comes before Thanos. arghhhhhh
FordEl - 8/7/2014, 3:16 PM
Should've kept the first guy, but Marvel wanted to be more diverse, lol
Maven - 8/7/2014, 3:17 PM
This guy sounds pumped for the role.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/7/2014, 3:18 PM
when Thanos gets off his chair... shit is about to go down
Marvel1997 - 8/7/2014, 3:18 PM
@JordanKing- I hate this fanboy studio war but......LMFAAAOOO that pic is just too funny
SpiderFraud - 8/7/2014, 3:19 PM
That picture won picture of the year.
EzioKenway1225 - 8/7/2014, 3:21 PM
also..it was quick but when Ronan gets the the orb and he says he will go after Thanos.. Thanos seems more amused and like" really..i dont have time for this shit" and i dug that
SpiderFraud - 8/7/2014, 3:21 PM
Thanos is the most lazy overpowered being in the galaxy!

That chin must make things difficult for him.
Marvel1997 - 8/7/2014, 3:21 PM
@Jollem- I think the Hulk would really Push Thanos. As we saw in Avengers and other films Thor seems to tire out rather quickly at times (Besides the Chitauri invasion which he was the only one to not be overwhelmed)
DaVinci31 - 8/7/2014, 3:22 PM
In short, Marvel Studios knows their sh*t.
Marvel1997 - 8/7/2014, 3:22 PM
@SpiderFraud- Well maybe there are certain things that He doesn't want Compromised Thus remaining in The Shadows. I think will see him [Frick]ing shit up by GOTG 2
SageMode - 8/7/2014, 3:23 PM
"Should've kept the first guy, but Marvel wanted to be more diverse, lol"

Or maybe Marvel thought that getting a respected actor for Thanos made more sense than keeping a glorified stuntman for the role.
yossarian - 8/7/2014, 3:23 PM
@Ezio - Yes! That part was cool. Thanos' expression was, "Bring a lunch boy."
MrReese - 8/7/2014, 3:25 PM
"The only matter I do not take seriously..Boy! Is you. Your politics bore me! Demeanor's that are of a pouted child. And apparently..you've alienated my favorite daughter Gamora.I shall honor our agreement..Kree.If..u bring me the orb.But return 2 me again empty handed & I will bathe the star-ways with your blood."

FordEl - 8/7/2014, 3:25 PM
@SageMode

Great actors start somewhere and he has done a lot of roles before hand
80sFace - 8/7/2014, 3:27 PM
I'd like to see Guardians 2 be like Empire Strikes Back. Have them be on the run trying to escape Thanos.

Whatever they do I hope they're not "celebrities" like Iron Man was in Iron Man 2. That was a bad choice.
TheBeard - 8/7/2014, 3:27 PM
EzioKenway1225 - 8/7/2014, 3:28 PM
MrReese- that speech was great.. the arrogance of thanos was spot on
SpiderFraud - 8/7/2014, 3:28 PM
@Marvel1997

I already know once he gets off his ass, things are gonna get real quick for everybody.

I cant wait to see how they handle the fight scenes with him. Some heroes better sit that fight out, though.
Marvel1997 - 8/7/2014, 3:29 PM
THANOS:*"" Your Fanboy Politics BORE MEE""
kinghulk - 8/7/2014, 3:29 PM
i cannot wait to see more of thanos.
Pasto - 8/7/2014, 3:29 PM
*Pictures a scene where Thanos and Hulk are brawling*
*Creams himself*
sameoldthing - 8/7/2014, 3:30 PM
Brolin is a solid actor. He's going to do well as Thanos in future films.
He was good as Jonah Hex too but stuck in a poorly written movie.
Glad he's excited to be part of the MCU. Who wouldn't?
Marvel1997 - 8/7/2014, 3:30 PM
@Ezio- Is it just me or did Thanos seem kinda worried/afraid (In the Hologram) once he realized Ronan had Absorbed the Power Stone.
Buu - 8/7/2014, 3:33 PM
Josh Brolin is PERFECT as Thanos!
kinghulk - 8/7/2014, 3:34 PM
marvel1997- did ronan absorb the power stone? it looked like he just punched it into him hammer.

anyway cant wait to see thanos tear this galaxy apart it will be epic. http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/kinghulk/news/?a=105403
Spideysense44 - 8/7/2014, 3:35 PM
I wanna see Thanos just slap away Iron Man
Omarvls - 8/7/2014, 3:36 PM
@JordanKing
Oh S. hit

That is insane

clogan - 8/7/2014, 3:37 PM
He basically said that he turned down Batman in Batman v Superman. (:



EzioKenway1225 - 8/7/2014, 3:38 PM
i still would like a scene like i think ti was infinity Gauntlet in which Cap stands up to Thanos
clogan - 8/7/2014, 3:39 PM
MrReese - 8/7/2014, 3:40 PM
@EzioKenway1225 Not only that, but even Nebula was like "this a fight ur never gonna win" or something along those lines after Thano's speech.Which is perfect because it leads to Ronan being like [frick] it! I saw what orb can do, why not just use the stone 2 get powerful enough to accomplish his own goal.Which of course was 2 have Xandar obliterated. Plus Ronan even had the balls 2 kill(?) The Other & approach Thanos they way he did.Dude had balls! Loki didn't even [frick] with The Other. Lol . Great movie I certainly tap my hat off 2 Mr.Gunn. :)
AsgardianHobo - 8/7/2014, 3:41 PM
[frick]ing awesome!!!!

"What do you think?' like, 'Captain America's going to show up here!' Then, 'Oh my God, what if the Hulk came in at that point?' and all that -- I love that sh**. I love it, because those guys are absolutely saturated with that world, and they love story. Another thing that I really loved is, they said that they didn't use directors that did music videos and all that in the past. They would always look for people who had done stories."

He's JUICED about the roll, and that is awesome!
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