August 08, 2014 8:18am PT by Graeme McMillan
How Comic-Con Helped Josh Brolin Understand Thanos
Josh Brolin just made his official debut as cosmic villain Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, but he’s already talking about the role as being “like doing the best series you could ever do,” adding that, at Marvel, “you know you're taken care of, you know the manifestations are good, you know these people are at the top of their game.”
Talking to IGN, Brolin praised the way in which everyone at Marvel was so invested in the fictional universe. “They understand it. They live it,” he said. “It’s like, 'I’m catching up to you guys,' and I love the idea of catching up to somebody… When I first said, yes, they sent me so much frickin' research. I was in the middle of doing Everest, and I was focusing more on Thanos than I was on Everest. But it's an exciting prospect, truly.”
Similarly exciting for Brolin is the prospect of sharing screen time with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, which he got a taste of during his appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year. “Once I got on-stage, it sort of became its own improv,” he said. "I knew at that point, because I saw the rivalry between Robert 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."
That doesn’t mean that we should expect to see Thanos pop up in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron — Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has said that he won’t, although he immediately hedged his bets afterwards by admitting that production on the movie wasn’t finished yet and things could change — and Brolin is, unsurprisingly, keeping his next Marvel project a secret for now. “I know what one appearance is going to be for sure,” he teased. “There’s one or two that I don’t know.”
Guardians of the Galaxy is currently in theaters.