Lately there have been some grumblings about who will be playing Thanos in the Marvel cinematic universe. Kevin Feige has also voiced his opinion on the matter. Only it wasn’t an opinion but a fact. Empire Magazine recently interviewed Feige with him saying this in regards to a casting for Thanos, “There is an actor. I’m not sure we want to announce it yet.”
As some of you may or may not know Damion Poitier provided the mo-cap for Thanos in the Avengers after-credits-scene. Clearly if he were to be reprising this role Feige would have just came out and stated that. So for that I don’t think he will be. Maybe he’ll still be doing the mo-cap but as for voicing, definitely not.
Now who could they have casted for this role then? It has to be a big household name if they are holding onto this secret. Plus with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy coming in August and we have been told Thanos will be in the film to the capacity of about 10 minutes of screen time they are not going to use some random person to do his voice. They also most certainly won’t have him just silently standing there on-screen smirking, sneering and looking menacing without saying one word.
So how did Marvel secretly cast a big name to play Thanos and no word has leaked? In this day and age of the almighty internet every tidbit about anything and everything is instantly spoiled. There is definitely some master sorcery going on here or just some clever sleight of hand.
Think back to last summer when Vin Diesel visited the Marvel offices for this big meeting. Everyone was guessing what it could be about. Many thought it was to cast him as the Vision, a character he long campaigned for. Days after that meeting we were left with this post on his Facebook wall.
I’m not doubting Vin Diesel was casted to voice and do the mo-cap for Groot but I am doubting that is the only reason he was meeting with Marvel. Having Vin Diesel voice Groot plays as the perfect cover for him being Thanos as well. For one they will both be appearing in the same movie. Another thing is when he will be recording his lines for Groot, it’s in a recording booth that don’t have many people there helping with that. So not many people to swear under oath to keep the secret that he was also doing voice work for Thanos.
Vin Diesel has that perfect booming voice for Thanos. So much logic truly points to him being this “secretly” casted actor and I give Marvel a lot of credit for keeping this secret this long whether it is actually him or not. But one thing is for sure if he was not casted as Thanos and some other big name actor was it would be all over the internet by now no matter how covert they were with bringing this person in to record. Someone would have noticed and said something.
Point in case; Samuel L. Jackson being snuck on to play Nick Fury for Iron Man. They had a car drive right up to his trailer’s doorstep so he could walk right into it and then they drove that car into the building they shot the scene and parked it on set. Only to do all his costuming and make-up there. Yes, more people were involved with this but still that leaked out onto the internet what 2-3 days after it was filmed.
That’s why I think Marvel took these extra steps with the Thanos casting and why I think it is no other than Vin Diesel at least providing his voice.