Josh Brolin to Voice Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and Future Marvel Films

     May 30, 2014


We got our first look at Thanos (aka The Mad Titan, Avatar of Death) in a tag scene at the end of The Avengers, strongly suggesting that the Marvel villain would be making appearances in future films.  Now, we have word that none other than Josh Brolin is set to voice the big bad.  Fans will likely get their next look at (and listen to) Thanos in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which greatly expands the current Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond its terrestrial boundaries.  Logic follows that a villain of Thanos’ proportions (he’s got god-like powers and has attempted to wipe out the human race) would also appear in future films like Avengers: Age of Ultron, with The Avengers 3 a likely place to feature the antagonist.  Hit the jump for more.

Latino-Review reportsavengers-concept-art-thanos that Brolin will be voicing Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, with confirmation coming via Variety.  They’re reporting that Thanos is also expected to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was corroborated by The Wrap.  While journos are in accord about the Guardians appearance of Thanos, HitFix’s Drew McWeeny had the following to say in response:

‏@DrewAtHitFix He’s not in “Age Of Ultron.” None of the stuff from the “Guardians” end of the galaxy is yet. That’s Phase 3.

The Mad Titan is expected to show up in the third act of the space-based actioner opening August 1st.  Here’s an idea of what that scene may look like, from an earlier article discussing Kevin Feige‘s work with Gunn on the picture:

Gunn freezes a frame of an imposing-looking villain any serious comic book fan would recognize instantly. He sits on a rocket-powered throne. Feige sees something on the screen that he doesn’t like. The evildoer needs to be farther away in the frame so he looks more imperious, he says.

“I don’t know,” says Gunn. “I think it’s going to look cool, man.”

“You just don’t want him to feel petty in that way,” Feige says. “I think it’s a fine line.”

“How do you think it comes off as petty here?” Gunn says.

“He’s so damn close,” Feige says.

“Yeah,” concedes Gunn. “I think I’m going to have him floating in space.”

Feige is concerned about the throne, too. He points at the base. “Those don’t need to be rockets,” he says. “Maybe gravity disks?” Feige says he’ll check back later.

In the hallway he extracts a pledge not to name the bad guy. “That could not be a bigger spoiler,” Feige says.

thanos-josh-brolinSince the tag in The Avengers, and probably well before that, Feige and Marvel have been planning big things for the big bad.  Here’s what Feige had to say a couple of years ago when the scene originally played out for audiences:

“Clearly, there’s a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie. We do have plans for him. I wouldn’t say we ever feel the need to rush anything one way or the other. We succeeded in Phase One because we stuck to our guns and stuck to the plan. That plan took place over many, many years and it ultimately paid off. I see Phase Two unfolding in the same way of us taking our time, us doing what’s right for each individual movie, while folding in elements that will not only build up to the culmination of Phase Two, but even Phase Three.”

Though Whedon and Marvel cast actor/stuntman Damion Poitier to portray the baddie at the end of The Avengers, Feige admitted they’d recast the role when he reappears:

“I think we feel pretty free to recast. That was cast for literally that one shot. Depending on what the role requires from future movies, we’ll go from there.”

Looks like Brolin is what the role required.  You’ll get your first look and listen in Guardians of the Galaxy when it opens August 1st.



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  • Loso_Rocks

    From almost Batman to Thanos. I can dig it.

    • Lex Walker


    • Duder NME

      But where’s the Sad Thanos meme?

  • Frank

    This IS Latino Review we’re talking about… I’d like to see a confirmation from some other sources first.

    • Frank

      Oops, looks like Variety has a kinda-sorta confirmation.

  • Faptain America

    Brolin will be good. He may not be good enough to ever win an Oscar, but he’s good enough to knock this one right out of the park. Would love to see them mo-cap him like they did Ruffalo for Hulk.

    • Bob

      Brolin could win an Oscar someday…I do believe that…imo he is a pretty good actor actually.

    • the king of comedy

      Brolin is an amazing actor, and one of the few guys in hollywood who is a truly badass, something many actors try to be but few can.

    • Conor

      No Country For Old Men’s film adaptation owes a significant quotient of its Best Picture Oscar to Brolin for his interpretation of Llewellyn Moss. He already has one by that measure. When did the oft-incorrect opinion of the Academy become the pinnacle of the art’s barometer, anyway?

    • Clay

      Brolin was excellent in Milk, and just may have won if he hadn’t been competing against that Heath Ledger fella’s all time performance.

  • aceshigh

    Good choice. Brolin’s got a pretty badass voice that will be even more so with some good sound fx processing.

    I still think Vin Diesel would have been great, but he’s Groot, so…

    • Ruprect

      I was hoping for Diesel as well and that they would be doing the same kind of thing that they did with John Ryhs-Davies in the LotR films, playing one character and voicing another.
      I am sure Brolin will do fine.

      • aceshigh

        True…plus Benedict Cumberbatch did the voice for both Smaug and the Necromancer in the new Hobbit films, so there is a precedent for that.

      • Idioteque…

        Cumberbatch for Apocalypse

      • aceshigh

        Now THAT’S a great idea.

      • jack

        the question is, who will the horsemen be?

      • Johnson

        Idris Elba for Apocalypse!

      • ed

        idris elba for everything ever!

      • Michael Singer

        I’m hoping that Vin Diesel will play Black Bolt if Marvel ever makes an Inhumans movie. Also, Keith David for Apocalypse.

      • Traverd

        Why cast a big star if they only get to say one word?

      • Django9000

        Excellent choice, except that he’d then be canceling himself. . .

      • The Flobbit

        Cumberbatch for everything.

  • Matt

    He does possess a menacing larynx! No complaints here.

  • Person

    Approved. Hopefully he’ll also physically play the part in some capacity, either under make-up or with mo-cap.

    • JK1193

      Zoë Saldana stated in an interview that she played Gamora through makeup, departing from the motion-capture work she did as Neytiri. It could be either or, but given that Guardians is very makeup heavy (Saldana, Bautista, Del Toro and Gillen), I wouldn’t be surprised to see Thanos in that same vein.

  • MJ

    Kind of scary that the movie is coming out in just over two months and they are still casting for some of the voices…they don’t seem very organized here???

    • Person

      Would rather have them take their time and get the voices right, etc. Brolin is also reasonably busy, they could have been waiting for his schedule to free up before coming to the studio to record a few lines. It’s not a huge deal, honestly.

    • Bob

      Thanos will prob be in one scene. And rumors say thay had the role actually casted a long time ago; just didnt wanna announce yet.

    • jjjj

      These lines could literally be recorded in a day. Or two hours. No big deal.

      • Duder NME

        But what about snack time? Won’t anyone consider the craft service table?

    • Jesse!

      errm… it seems pretty clear from that one moment shared between Gunn and Feige in the editing room that who was playing Thanos was already taken care of way back then, it was just that they were keeping the info under wraps for as long as possible (I figured it definitely would’ve been some time before Comic Con).

    • the king of comedy

      I don`t think Thanos plays an important role in this movie, so he must have a few lines wich can be done in no time, I remember feeling worried when Michael Clarke Duncan wast cast to voice one character from the green lantern movie after all the trailers were out and the movie was coming to teathers soon, aparently this doesn`t take that long and we had many more things to worry about the green lantern movie, I`m hopefull everything will work fine with GOTG.

    • the king of comedy

      I don`t think Thanos plays an important role in this movie, so he must have a few lines wich can be done in no time, I remember feeling worried when Michael Clarke Duncan wast cast to voice one character from the green lantern movie after all the trailers were out and the movie was coming to teathers soon, aparently this doesn`t take that long and we had many more things to worry about the green lantern movie, I`m hopefull everything will work fine with GOTG.

  • Redjester

    Cool beans. Solid pick.

  • Jason Reichow

    If they ever decide to make a movie or show that depicts SHIELD in the 60′s or 70′s, I think Josh Brolin might make a good Nick Fury, Sr.

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  • God’s Diamond

    I hope zooey deschanel is cast as death. So then josh brolin can confess her love in a nice long dramatic speech and she can reply in her trademark “adorkable” voice and mannerisms.

    • Duder NME

      Y’know, it’s rude to invade and divulge my dreams so accurately.

  • God’s Diamond

    Instead of mocap i hope he does it in heavy makeup. If Tim curry could do it as the Lord of darkness in the movie legend about 3 decades ago, they can do it now

    • Grayden

      That movie had the best make-up effects until LotR. So ahead of it’s time.

    • Django9000

      LEGEND reference FTW ! ! !

    • Duder NME

      Hollywood has forgotten how to craft that way. It’s sadly a lost art, relegated to the next dozen of indie zombie flicks.

  • Nathaniel Haywood

    I think Brolin will be good. He’s got the voice for it. Diesel would’ve been good too, as would Cumberbatch. I’m satisfied, though. I just hope Thanos gets to do something other than be imposing on a throne. Why tease him in Avengers 1 and then not give him anything to do for 6-8 years?

  • YodaRocks

    I actually wanted Ron Pearlman to be Thanos. But I’ll settle for Brolin. He is good too.

  • bidi

    those who say he has an imposing voice, what are you basing it off of? granted i think Brolin is great, but i feel like he has to alter his voice somehow. he just doesn’t strike me as an instant “fuck yeah!” kind of guy like Vin Diesel or Benedict Cumberbatch did

    • the king of comedy

      Brolin he has a more powerful voice than Vin Diesel and unlike cumberbatch he has the looks to match that awesome voice, the guy is truly badass in a way that few actors in Hollywood ever acomplished (Cleant Eastwood kind of way). hope they use him to play Thanos in Avengers 3, with make up or motion capture.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Hmm. I liked him a lot more for Batman and never really thought of him for Thanos at all. Hmm.

  • Strong Enough

    I guess that convo Gunn had with Feige is what Edgar didn’t want to put up with. what the hell you doing suggesting shit? Do what a producer supposed to do and fix the schedule for my lunches

    • Duder NME

      Nothing like micromanagement to get the ol’ creative juices flowing for the suits!

  • Michael Singer

    So is he just doing the voice or is he actually physically playing Thanos as well?

  • JaceA113
    • not really a cool story

      cool story bro

  • The Dude Abides

    I’m ok with this

  • The Flobbit

    Josh Brolin looks the part and is a tremendous actor. However, his accent may pose problems. But what can’t be fixed in post, eh?

    What I want:
    Brolin to play the role in heavy makeup.
    Thanos to be huge. I mean really, really freaking huge.
    And I want him to be SCARY.

  • cezar211091 .

    i hope he’s won’t make him impressive enough

  • Duder NME

    “Yeah,” concedes Gunn. “I think I’m going to have him floating in space.”

    And with that, two million dollars sink down the drain. Way to plan ahead, guys. Heh.

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