When iconic Marvel villain Thanos appeared back in The Avengers‘ mid-credits scene, fanboys all across the world lost their minds. While many at the time theorized that he would be the big bad in the first Avengers sequel, we learned later that Ultron was set as the main antagonist for the aptly title Avengers: Age of Ultron. While there were certainly many rumors pointing to Thanos’ presence in this Summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, we never got official confirmation one way or the other. Now we not only have that confirmation, but we know who will be voicing The Mad Titan.
Variety has confirmed from Latino-Review’s initial report that Josh Brolin will be voicing Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His first appearance as the villain will be in August’s Guardians of the Galaxy while a follow-up cameo appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron is rumored, but not confirmed. It is widely believed that Thanos will finally get to be the big bad in the third Avengers film, which could possibly include a team-up between The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
As a big fan of Brolin as an actor, I think it’s great casting. He has a natural, powerful voice that seems like the perfect fit. Guardians is set to be Brolin’s first of two August projects, followed by his performance as Dwight in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For which hits theaters August 22nd. Arguably his most anticipated role of the year (in film circles at least), however, is his role as cop Bigfoot Bjornsen in my most anticipated film of the year, Inherent Vice, which is set to hit theaters this December.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters August 1st. It honestly can’t come soon enough.
Sources: Variety, Latino Review