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. Thanos has been confirmed to also appear in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (even more than he will in GUARDIANS), with The Avengers 3 a likely place to feature the antagonist.
Latino-Review reports that Brolin will be voicing Thanos in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, with confirmation coming via Variety and THR. The Mad Titan is expected to show up in the third act of the space-based actioner opening August 1st.
Since 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 1, 2014 and an even better look in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015.