The first installment of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War doesn’t hit screens until late April / early May of 2018, but the first reactions to its story are already making their way onto the internet. Of course, the number of folks who are privy to that information are the filmmakers and cast members themselves. So when Josh Brolin–who plays Thanos, the biggest bad in the two-movie event–decided to share his thoughts on reading the script, we listened.
In an interview with Moviefone (via CBM), Brolin talked at length about his role in The Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar!, which is out now on Blu-ray/DVD, but of course the conversation inevitably turned to talk of Thanos and Avengers: Infinity War. Brolin jokes about that fact in the interview itself before going on to talk about his reaction to reading the two-part script in its entirety. He’ll (presumably) be antagonizing the likes of Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, and more when the biggest cinematic event in Marvel Comics history debuts in 2018.
Here’s what Brolin had to say about Avengers: Infinity War:
“Avengers: Infinity War” is going to be a singular film experience that you’re going to be asked to talk about most likely to the end of your days. So, tell me, where are you now as far as your anticipation, your excitement, for the whole thing, and to go fully into character rather than these cameos that you’ve done?
Yeah, I sat at a table and I listened to the story from beginning to end, which was … you know, sometimes you go around and you go, “Oh, it’s a great movie. Or this is a great experience,” and you kind of know that it’s not. This is the opposite.
First of all, from a publicity point of view, or an interest, I’ve gotten more publicity playing Thanos, even though I haven’t done it yet, than all other movies combined. If there’s any blurb of publicity at all for me, it includes Thanos in some way or another. “By the way, he’s got “Hail, Caesar!” coming out. But don’t forget about Thanos — that’s coming out,” which is amazing, which is really cool.
Then the other side of it is really how much it means to people. It all comes down … these stories … these Avengers stories all come down to this conclusion, and that’s our involvement. Basically, my character against everybody. And it’s really fun what they’ve chosen to do with the story. I think it’s brilliant, personally. I was blown away, and had goose pimples pretty much 50% of the time that I was listening to what was going on, and pretty amazed that I’m going to be involved in it. So it’s a big thing that’s coming up.
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- ‘Captain America: Civil War’: 13 Questions for the Future of the MCU
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