Josh Brolin wielded the Infinity Gauntlet and ate a flower offered to him by Robert Downey Jr. in the manner of a true villain when he took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con for a Marvel Studios panel. The actor, who portrays Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy and presumably Avengers 3, is looking forward to more of that interaction with Iron Man in the future according to a recent interview.
Brolin sat down with IGN for a lengthy interview that included details such as how he was more focused on researching Thanos more than shooting his upcoming film Everest, as well as a veiled shot against the director of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He also explained the setup for the Comic-Con appearance and how he is looking forward to his turn as the big bad with Downey Jr. as Iron Man.
“Not that I’m ever 100-percent sure, but we had constructed this small thing, Kevin Feige and I and Robert, and going on-stage at Comic-Con. Then it became something else, ” Brolin explained. “Once I got on-stage, it sort of became its own improv. I knew at that point, because I saw the rivalry between Robert [Downey Jr.] and I, and I thought, ‘I get this. I suddenly really get it.’ So I feel like I’m more inside it than I was. It was more a display to me before that. It was more cosmetic. Now I think I’m starting to get who the guy is a little bit.”
The two actors aren’t personally connected but Brolin appreciates what Downey Jr. brings:
“It’s just; we’re both in very different parts of our lives. He’s fun. He’s smart, and I like playing off of somebody smart, because it’s challenging. I like the challenge a lot.”
Downey has proven that he can go toe-to-toe verbally with villains like Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in The Avengers where he delivered the instant classic, “We have a Hulk” line that helped epitomize the light-hearted comedy mixed with the “end of the world” scenario present in Marvel films. The war of words between Thanos and Tony Stark as Iron Man should be at least as equally interesting.
Brolin also confirmed that Thanos will appear in two, possibly three more Marvel films. Avengers 3 seems certain, though Marvel could always throw a curveball, along with the strong possibility of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. There’s always the possibility of a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron or Thor 3 as well.
The one thing that Brolin loves most about Thanos as a character is his obsession with Death, which is portrayed as a woman in the Marvel Comics Universe.
“His relationship with Death, who is actually the woman, I love that,” Brolin said. “You can take Sin City [in which Brolin plays a man obsessed with a dark-hearted woman] and pump it full of steroids, and then you have Thanos. I like that he’s motivated by that — not just motivated by destruction or death or this or that. He’s motivated by a very identifiable, human trait.”
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