Thanos, Thanos, Thanos. That's really all we've been waiting for for months now, isn't it? With Guardians of the Galaxy so close, we will finally get to see the Mad Purple Titan after years of waiting. Kevin Feige, when talking about casting Thanos, had this to say about Josh Brolin:
We knew he was going to be in this movie. We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well. We were looking at a wish list of, “Wouldn’t it be great if" names, and his name was on it. And you look at his face and the performances he gives, he could be Thanos without any effects. He has that kind of face and that kind of gravitas to it
It seems things went well after his official casting of the part, which wasn't publicly announced until much later:
We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. He was a fan of what we did, he met with Jeremy Latcham in a hotel in London and learned about the characters a little bit. I spoke to him on the phone a few times. We ran it by James who loved it, ran it by Joss who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it.
That last little note does make us wonder how much of Marvel's decision to pursue the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was influenced by the desire to better tie in Thanos to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What influence do you think he had on it's progression? Expect to hear more about Thanos from Comic-Con this week!
How much was Thanos a motivation for Marvel to create the Guardians of the Galaxy movie?