– by Joseph Jammer Medina

We can’t wait to see what Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers: Infinity War will bring to the franchise. After a decade of films, it will be our first culmination of everything that’s come to pass. What’s more, it’ll finally bring the long-awaited clash between big bad Thanos and our heroes.

Taking on the role of Thanos is respected actor Josh Brolin, who has played the character since his first actual speaking appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014. With Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos is finally looking to be a key player in the story, and we’ve only heard great things from the actors involved.

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You can add Brolin himself to the list of actors, as he recently took to Instagram to compare his experience on Infinity War with some pretty high art stuff that, frankly, escapes my limited understanding.

“There’s just something about this that I love: a creative, out of the box bent on one of the greatest roles and times playing a role I’ve ever had. Doing Infinity War was like doing a limitless black box experimental theatre piece in the lower Eastside of New York City in 1975, mixed with Antonin Artaud, the living theatre, Grotowski’s Poor Theatre and a dash of punk rock acting surrounded by shiploads of talent. It’s once in a lifetime.”

Totally. Grotowski’s Poor Theatre.

Okay, while this comparison totally goes over my head (beyond a simple, shallow understanding of what I learned in film school), the good news here is that Brolin seems to be glowing about his experience. There’s nothing worse as an actor than getting a role without substance. Marvel has done a great job with their films in the past, but if there’s one consistent piece of criticism, it’s that their villains tend to be a bit shallow and boring.

With these comments, it at least feels like Brolin found a lot to sink his teeth into with the character, and we hope that means he’ll be both a formidable and interesting foe for the flick.

Do Brolin’s comments get you any more excited for Avengers: Infinity War? Let us know down below!

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  • Moby85

    I was worried when I read the headline but any pretentiousness of the quote is limited to Brolin spewing his knowledge of art-house drama. I would agree there’s some pretentiousness there.

    I’d also counter that this is Josh Brolin here. Who is a stoic, serious, dramatic actor who only recently has started with more mainstream “actiony” or “pop cultural” roles (struggling to be articulate here). I certainly think given his career it’d be difficult for him to approach Cable and Thanos except as characters to be fleshed out dramatically. And I am excited for that potential.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Come on. He did a pop cultural role in his teens. He even rode a little girls bike.

    • FeixPunk

      He played Brand (older brother to Sean Astin’s Mikey) in the Goonies! Not much more pop culture than that.

      • Moby85

        I do know that. But as a kid he had little choice when starting out.

        • FeixPunk

          He did MiB3 too, played a stoic character but it’s still a comedy and pop culture…. Sin City 2, Jonah Hex (even though it sucked), but yes mostly serious roles since the late 90s.

  • Smerdyakov

    Yes Grotowski would have loved the Avengers. All you need are the actor, the audience and 50 million dollars of GGI to create a poorer theater.

  • Kronx

    Obscure? Sure, Pretentious? I don’t know.

    Don’t call it an elf if it’s really a Githyanki just because the everyday folks might have to Google it.

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Hey, I’ll be the first one to admit, it may say more about my uncultured tastes than it does about any pretentiousness.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    This is what I think. I was immediately reminded when I went to see a friends play in LA. It was a small arthouse theater with mimal props and costumes. It seemed to be imagination driven. Such as they sit on some boxes and you imagine they are in a car. Since he did a lot of mocap I’m assuming he felt it was the same way. Not acting inside a car, imagining you are in the car. Not grabbing spider man by the throat, imagining you’re grabbing him by the throat.

  • chaburchak

    Or he was being totally sarcastic…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.