Since that mid credits tease in Avengers Assemble (which quite scarily came out over two years ago now!) the internet has been awash with rumours about the appearance of super villain Thanos.
People around the world wanted to know how he would fit into the Marvel cinematic universe. Would his infinity gauntlet bring untold destruction as in the pages of the comic books? Would he, as was hinted in the teaser, “court death” – or in other words have a loving and monogamous relationship with the personification of the ender of mortality? Would he appear in any phase two films prior to Avengers: Age of Ultron? And most importantly, who would play him?
A couple of these questions have already been answered in the past months. We now know that the infinity gauntlet is going to play a part in Thanos’ storyline; the gauntlet itself was viewed in Thor, and subsequently it was revealed that the Tesseract (Avengers Assemble) and the Aether (Thor: The Dark World) would make up two of the infinity stones. The latter of these was given to the character known as The Collector in the Thor: The Dark World credit stinger and we know that The Collector will play a prominent role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
This led to the announcement that Thanos would make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy, setting up certain events leading to Age of Ultron and subsequently phase 3 of the MCU.
But yesterday we finally found out who will be playing the mad titan, and the news couldn’t have been better. I said a while ago that every male role in Hollywood should be played by either Michael Keaton or Josh Brolin, and it seems my telepathic vibes got through to Kevin Feige and co. For Marvel have given the role to the grizzly and intimidating Brolin, the man who would have worked so well as Batman, is now going even darker as the intergalactic menace.
I can’t wait to see what Brolin does with the role. His voice is perfect for a character as enormous and powerful as Thanos. Whilst Marvel may have dropped the ball in losing Edgard Wright, they have certainly made moves to pick it up again with this news.