The Avengers films have established the fact that they are the home to each critical crossroad within Marvel’s MCU.
It is within this movements that primary and secondary plots intersect from signature stand alone films.
With the exception of Captain America: Civil War and arguably the first Iron Man flick, the ensemble run is by far what history will note as the strongest links in the MCU’s chain.
So much so that Josh Brolin, the actor that is charged with recreating the super-thug Thanos, told Collider that while filming The Avengers: Infinity War under the direction of The Russo Brothers, the spirit of infamous The Godfather trilogy was always present.
“Look, I got Joe Russo who’s constantly resourcing like The Godfather and, ‘You have a gun to his fucking head.’ I’m like, ‘I love you so much,’ Brolin said.
“The fact that you’re taking an Avengers scenario and you’re turning it into a Godfather thing for us to be able to kind of hang our hat on is great, and to emotionalize the whole thing.’ I think they were very happy where they said, ‘We didn’t really realize that Thanos is going to be as complex as he is,’ and I think they were very appreciative with the stuff that we’re bringing to it.
Also, I think that they’re in a position very openly and raw-ly where they’re like, ‘We would never do this again. This is a one-time deal. To put this many successful actors together is such a pain in the ass, but it’s been worth it. We’re doing two movies. One back to back, and this is it for us. Then we’ll go off in another direction,’ but this is a very, very, very ambitious project that I think is going to pay off in a big way.”
On screen, Thanos has for the most part played the background since debuting in a post-credits scene after the original Avengers piece.
For those that are keeping score, he has been seen or felt in nearly every MCU movie since and stands at the threshold of becoming the next villain to go mega-mainstream.
Trust in the fact that Thanos will be the costume of choice when Halloween 2018 rolls around. So its important that the franchise nail this character.
Brolin’s portrayal thus far has satisfied the diehard fans of his classic runs in books such as the limited edition series The Thanos Quest.
It’s also drawn in those that are not familiar with him as Brolin’s larger-than-life portrayal has at the very least forced the uninitiated to say ‘who/what is that guy?’
As he takes over the spotlight, it’s worth noting that despite a deep run in the 90’s, Thanos debuted for Marvel in 1973 in Iron Man #55.
He has a long and rich history of beefs with just about every hero and anti-hero on the menu.
With so many ties to a plethora of characters, here’s to the hope that Brolin’s claims are dead on.
Thanos is easily one of if not the most powerful villain in Marvel’s arsenal.
But is remains to be seen if The Russos and Brolin can elevate him to “Godfather” status.