Thanos’ proper arrival in the MCU has had quite the build-up. Dating back to the Avengers post-credits scene where he first made his debut, prompting casual moviegoers across to globe to go, “Who’s that purple guy?”, the big bad has been seen pulling the strings throughout the Marvel universe. From his intimate connection to Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), to orchestrating Loki and Ronan’s attacks, the one thing we know for sure about Thanos is this guy is no good. Or is he? (He’s not.)
According to Josh Brolin, the actor taking on the role of the so-called Mad Titan in Joe and Anthony Russo’s superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War, there’s still some love left in the baddie’s heart — especially when it comes to his adoptive daughters/child soldiers.
When the folks over at EW spoke with the actor, they asked if he thought Thanos had the capacity to care for Nebula and Gamora, and the actor made it clear that there’s a lot more emotion to the character than you might expect from the parade of smirks and swagger we’ve seen so far.
“Yeah. I do think he does. When you see the relationship with Gamora and you see that evolves, God I wish I could tell you. I can’t! When [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] came up to me after we had done maybe three quarters of the film, they said, “It wasn’t necessarily intended that you feel for this guy as much as you do.” Obviously he has a grand plan, like somebody who’s pulling in kids for their own selfish bloodshed. But he has a capacity to love very much and very deeply.”
We know Thanos doesn’t take to kindly to the people who fail him (#Pray4Loki), and Gamora not only failed to deliver, she betrayed him, left him behind, became a fully-fledged hero, and got her sister to join her. So that certainly sets the stage for an interesting dynamic when the oh-so-unhappy family are reunited.