A few sites are reporting that Marvel isn’t done with the Infinity Saga‘s big bad. There are rumours that actor Josh Brolin could return to the role in a Thanos prequel movie or TV series. Considering his popularity after the last two Avengers films, it wouldn’t be too surprising.
Since he first appeared in Iron Man #55 (1973), Thanos has been one of the greatest comic book characters. Jim Starling’s creation was an odd mix, a powerful being similar to Darkseid. However, what sets Thanos apart was a greater emphasis on the psychological aspects of the character, giving him greater depth.
In the comics, his popularity had ups and downs and, while he was never as popular as other villains, such as Joker or Lex Luthor, he was nonetheless much beloved amongst fans. More importantly, he was a character brimming with storytelling potential. His cinematic debut was inevitable, eventually appearing in 2012’s Avengers (2012).
The Mad Titan Steals The Show
Cinema fans were teased with varying cameos throughout the MCU, climaxing with a full-length appearance in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Instead of focusing mainly on the Avengers, the story gave equal and arguably more story to Thanos. In some respects, Infinity War was a tribute to him and everyone had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of an iconic on-screen supervillain. Thanos was awe-inspiring. He was cruel, manipulative and evil but so iron-willed and unyielding was he in his quest that it left you inspired and filled with admiration. Thanos’ magnetism could be found also in his strength of character and not just in his impressive physical prowess. The combination of mental and physical impeccability made him very compelling to watch.
The Mad Titan’s plan might have been insane but his mode of operation and his rationale was delivered with passion and zeal, so much so that we began to sympathise with him and could even understand his point of view. This relatability was key to the character’s success. Thanos’ complex relationships with Gamora and Nebula were other key elements that made us sympathetic towards him. Thanos, instead of simply being a bad foster father, seemed genuinely concerned for the welfare of his adopted children, albeit in his own demented fashion.
Josh Brolin’s portrayal was another reason the character became so beloved. The actor was terrific, delivering a nuanced and complex performance. Brolin delivered the dialogue with amazing gravitas and depth, giving life to a CGI creation in magnificent fashion. Overall, the character was so well written that, when we see his demise in Avengers: Endgame, we felt a tinge of sadness.
A Thanos Prequel Movie or Series?
Watching Thanos in these movies only left fans wanting more. It would be a shame if such a riveting character were not to feature in the MCU again. A prequel movie or series delving into Thanos’ history and galactic exploits before and during the Infinity Saga would go a long way in satiating our appetites.
A series would be able to explore more detail, especially Thanos’ childhood and early life on Titan.
On the other hand, a film could offer a power punch, featuring Thanos as he makes his initial moves to obtain the infinity stones featuring the battles and warmongering he is famous for. Thanos is far too captivating a character to ignore. If Brolin were to continue in the role, added with a compelling story weaved around the character, then a feature film could be a worthwhile endeavour.
One of the greatest supervillains in history surely deserves more. We can only hope that Kevin Feige and Marvel have similar sentiments and are willing to bring the character back soon.