MARVEL STUDIOS: Catching Up With Original Thanos Actor Damion Poitier

MARVEL STUDIOS: Catching Up With Original Thanos Actor Damion Poitier

When we last spoke to Damion, the up-and-coming actor hoped he would play the Mad Titan in more Marvel Cinematic Universe adventures but it looks as if that's not to be. However, Damion has a lot more projects in development, including possibly portraying a different Marvel character.

Speaking to Blackfilm.com at SDCC 2014, actor Damion Poitier (who played Thanos in Joss Whedon's Avengers) gave his full support to Josh Brolin, who looks set to play the Mad Titan in his inevitable Avengers 3 showdown with Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of the team. Said Damion on his initial discussions with Marvel about continuing in the role, " Initially, they just hired me as a facial figure. In terms of moving forward, I knew that was a question of what happened in between I got it and the next time they would need it. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the exposure we wanted in the interim, but it’s all good. We got good exposure from that scene and we’ll keep moving from there."

So does Damion feel any resentment towards Marvel after they turned to Brolin to officially play the role and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had his brother mo-cap Thanos on the Guardians set? "[Brolin's] going to kill it," said Damion. He continued, "They make smart choices over at Marvel. That’s one of the things that they do. They are always making intelligent choices on who they choose to do their roles."

But Damion is a longtime member of the Joss Whedon inner circle (having worked on Firefly, Dollhouse and Angel) so naturally he's not going to get left hanging by his boy. Since Poitier was pretty much unrecognizable in his Thanos portrayal, his camp and Marvel are discussing what other characters he could potentially play in the MCU. However, Poitier is wisely keeping those particulars under wraps. "Well, I’m talking to [Marvel] about [playing another character]. I don’t want to talk about that until such a time is permitted."

And if you recall from our 2012 interview with Damion, he's a life-long comic book fan with a massive collection. With that in mind, he has some pretty interesting choices for what other Marvel characters he'd like to see on the big screen following the box office success of Guardians of the Galaxy. " I have always been a big Nova fan. I like Night Thrasher. I’m also a Darkhawk fan. There are a lot of indie characters that are floating around at Marvel that have really interesting back-stories I would like to see come out. Now that they are going into television series like Netflix, there’s a good chance we might see some of these characters, so I’m excited about the whole thing."

Damion has been keeping busy since his Avengers appearance, guest spotting on Justified, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and starring in the web series Geek Cred; as well as doing mo-cap and voice-over work for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Lost Planet 3.   Hopefully, he can continue to get more and more exposure from his work and we'll actually get to see Damion's face in his next Marvel outing.


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PymParticle - 8/2/2014, 7:08 AM
He should've been Thanos. Pretty lame they went for starpower
JoJo1982 - 8/2/2014, 7:09 AM
I miss his look as Thanos, the GoTG look isn't better then then avengers cameo look at all
yonny616 - 8/2/2014, 7:10 AM
I still prefer his Thanos. Looked more menacing.
JoJo1982 - 8/2/2014, 7:10 AM
Let's get him as night thrasher and lead up to a New Warrior movie
Lozzy - 8/2/2014, 7:10 AM
I hope he does play another role in the MCU. He looks like he could be a good fit for Luke Cage.
Killuminatic - 8/2/2014, 7:11 AM
Luke Cage?
ComicsBornAndBred - 8/2/2014, 7:13 AM
His Thanos had a more menacing look. Darker shade of purple and a really creepy smile. Cast the white guy, Thanos light purple now lol
ComicsBornAndBred - 8/2/2014, 7:14 AM
Wish they kept him. Had to go for star power. Idk why, you'll never really see Brolin you'll just hear his voice.
Alien - 8/2/2014, 7:14 AM
Damn Marvel, what wrong wit' you? Now we gots Jonah Hex as Thanos.

MexicanSuperman - 8/2/2014, 7:14 AM
At least his Thanos looks great.
PymParticle - 8/2/2014, 7:14 AM
There's no reason to change the actor. He may get another role but Thanos is probably the biggest role you could get.
Greengo - 8/2/2014, 7:17 AM
Greengo - 8/2/2014, 7:18 AM
Jwe75 - 8/2/2014, 7:19 AM
Brolin was better, just watched the movie. Come on, he looks so much better and threatning then just the close up grin in Avengers.

Boy!
JoJo1982 - 8/2/2014, 7:20 AM
@batmaniac

Thanos looks cool in GoTG but compare to the avengers look.... GotG Thanos looks like Ivan ooze from the power rangers movie.
AntMan - 8/2/2014, 7:22 AM
Thanos looks better in GOTG.
Alien - 8/2/2014, 7:22 AM
WB better snatch him up and get him to play Darkseid.

marvel72 - 8/2/2014, 7:24 AM
thanos looked better at the end of the avengers than he did in guardians of the galaxy,don't get me wrong thanos looked good in guardians but they need to work on the cgi.

i want to see big improvements to thanos by the time he next appears be it guardians 2 or the avengers 3.just like we did with the hulk from what he looked like in "the incredible hulk" to what came after with the avengers.
Stubner - 8/2/2014, 7:24 AM
Marvel seemingly hired this guy as a stand-in and he seemed to be aware of that and is cool with it. I hardly see the cause for resentment towards Marvel for hiring a beyond bad ass Academy Award nominated actor to portray their most menacing villain. I mean, God forbid(?).

I see zero problem with Josh Brolin playing him. Hearing him and seeing him in GOTG gave me chills.

Damion Poitier turned and smiled. That's all I know about hit acting range I've never seen anything with him in it so I can't comment on his acting chops.

However, from what I've seen from Thanos it's pretty clear Marvel made the right choice.

IT's JOSH "FRIGGIN' BROLIN!!! AS THANOS!!!! Are you all insane? How do you not realize how lucky we are?!?!?!?!?
DrKinsolving - 8/2/2014, 7:25 AM
BatzFTWfan - 8/2/2014, 7:25 AM
Brolin is damn better.

And how about Damion as Black Panther ?
KINGPEN266 - 8/2/2014, 7:26 AM
ChillBill66 - 8/2/2014, 7:26 AM
Possible for Luke Cage? Possibly for a new Blade? Probable Black Panther. He would be a great addition to the MCU
DrKinsolving - 8/2/2014, 7:27 AM
I still don't understand the hate, Brolin is an awesome choice for Thanos

Thanos in the Avengers was only a human hand and a face, we didn't even see his body, or hear his voice, so how was he better?
FrankSidebottom - 8/2/2014, 7:27 AM
I think he would make a very very super very good Black Panther
AlphaMasterFlex - 8/2/2014, 7:28 AM
Thanos looked like ass in Guardians.
Jwe75 - 8/2/2014, 7:29 AM
THANOS truly first appeared in GOTG. Come on, he did have 2 sec face time in Avengers. IF that makes people think it was great acting, theyre out of their minds :)
Brolin nailed it in GOTG, i'm glad they got him now committed for the role and the make up and everything was perfect in the film. Just listen him in the movie. Ronan was a kitten in front of him ;)
OrionPax - 8/2/2014, 7:31 AM
Black Panther!!!! He would kill it!!!!!
StrangeBatch - 8/2/2014, 7:31 AM
My estimations:

* Moon Knight ([frick] yeah)
* Black Panther
* Adam Warlock
* A celestial
DrunkenNukem - 8/2/2014, 7:32 AM
Brolin´ Thanos looks good...idk what you guys are talking about
LMB10 - 8/2/2014, 7:32 AM
Yeah, [frick] Marvel for hiring an actual actor instead of this guy! [frick]ing hell
SoFresh - 8/2/2014, 7:32 AM
We aint getting any black main characters anything soon guys, it's ok if we're back up or on netflix, but not as big players.
Atleast until phase 6 when everyone tired of superhero movies.
Then we can have a Black Panther movie and blame the reason of why people didn't watch on the fact that it's a black cast.
Pheezmatic - 8/2/2014, 7:34 AM
^not bad
StrangeBatch - 8/2/2014, 7:34 AM
Poitier would kill it as Moon Knight. Slashing bitches with his crescent-not-batarangs-things.


#POITIER4MOONKNIGHT
TheAbomination - 8/2/2014, 7:35 AM
I hope they let this guy play another character. He seems pretty awesome to me.
Pheezmatic - 8/2/2014, 7:37 AM
nightthrasher...i can see that being cool....new warriors coming?
CletusKasady89 - 8/2/2014, 7:38 AM
Not sure what you people are thinking. Brolin's Thanos looks so much better. Avengers Thanos didn't even loom realistic to me even when I first saw it and even though it's only a close up of his face. I mean that grin just looked stupid with those white teeth...crest white strips? Besides, Brolin's a great actor and probably going to nail it. You guys are being way too picky, GOTG Thanos looks great.
JayTopStix - 8/2/2014, 7:38 AM
He had what 2-3 lines. Who cares?
JoJo1982 - 8/2/2014, 7:39 AM
Ya'll our getting it all confused
We are talking about looks not acting, that's why I feel his facial look in avengers is more comic accurate then the one in gotg.

Take a chill pill folks
Dusk - 8/2/2014, 7:39 AM
People always bitchin
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