The Mad Titan known as Thanos is quickly becoming more and more important figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The purple-skinned alien was revealed as being the puppet master behind the Chitauri invasion in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and, as we learned earlier this year, he will be playing a small part in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the exception of the ¾ head turn at the end of Joss Whedon’s movie, however, we have yet to really get a good look at the character. As you can see thanks to the leak above, that’s no longer the case.

Comic Book Movie picked up on the Instagram embed you see above, which gives us what is easily our best look at Thanos yet. We don’t get a full look, as he is relaxed in his throne instead of standing, but I think it’s safe to say that the dude is pretty huge. Not only does he look like he’d have no problem tipping over a bus or crushing a man’s skull in his fist, but the armor he’s wearing looks thick and heavy. Kudos to James Gunn creating a representation that looks like it’s ripped straight out of the comics:

Thanos Comics

In Guardians of the Galaxy and presumably all future Marvel Studios movies, Thanos will be portrayed by Josh Brolin – though for his first appearance he is only doing the voice, not motion capture/prosthetics. Though we’ve heard rumors about Brolin’s involvement going back to late May, the casting announcement was only made official last weekend at San Diego Comic-Con where Brolin walked out on stage like this:

Josh Brolin Thanos Comic-Con 2014

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said that Thanos won’t be featured in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but his real time in the spotlight is coming. Right now he is by far the biggest link between the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers and that crossover is inevitable. It’s not too hard to believe that Thanos will be the reason for the two teams to work together.
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