It has now been confirmed by Variety that Josh Brolin will voice the might Marvel villain Thanos, and after his brief appearance at the end of The Avengers, the all powerful bad guy is also due to appear in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
It has also been reported that Guardians of the Galaxy will directly link with The Avengers 3, which is where Thanos is expected to really make his presence known.
Joss Whedon said of Thanos last year:
“Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful, he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I’ve got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful, but they’re not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.”
It is believed Thanos will gradually begin creeping into Marvel’s Phase Two by controlling other villains. It is thought that for now, Thanos will be a sort of background character controlling things from a distance, and after his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, he is also expected to show up in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The “big finale” I would think is The Avengers 3, so I would expect the super villain to start building a presence as the films go on. Thanos will likely be the villain at the centre of all the bad stuff as we move into Phase Three!
More recently James Gunn revealed some further details about Thanos, and how Guardians of the Galaxy connect to the rest of the Marvel world:
In the comics, Thanos is looking for a collection of stones which would give him unstoppable power, and already we have seen glimpses of these with the Tesseract at the end of Thor: The Dark World. I have read that the orb (seen in a Guardians of the Galaxy image) may be another Thanos is looking to add to his collection. The Tesseract already links Guardians of the Galaxy with Thor, but what about the rest of the Marvel world? Well, in an interview with EW, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed “[Guardians of the Galaxy] is definitely connected to Avengers 3.”
With Ultron being the chief villain in The Avengers 2, it is looking likely that Thanos will be the main villain building up the The Avengers 3, and Gunn confirmed that Thanos also be the chief bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy, appearing in motion-capture. Gunn said Thanos will be the “head of a snake”, which kinda hints to the villain being the overall bad guy within the Marvel universe as things progress, something which was talked about some time ago.
Gunn also spoke of the Thanos link in Guardians of the Galaxy, stating: “[Star-Lord] was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smuggles called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky. Thanos slaughtered [Gamora’s] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bio engineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.”
Brolin has also been confirmed to join the cast of Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve’s new crime drama, Sicario.
Josh Brolin is in talks to co-star with Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro in “Prisoners” director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming thriller “Sicario.”
Basil Iwanyk will produce the film, along with Thad and Trent Luckinbill and Molly Smith through their Black Label Media banner, as well as Edward McDonnell.
Story follows an officer from Tucson, Arizona who travels to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries to track down a drug lord.
Lionsgate has worldwide distribution and Black Label is financing.
Taylor Sheridan penned the script.