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In case you couldn't already tell, Thanos is kind of a big deal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is he an incredibly powerful intergalactic warlord, but he has already orchestrated some major events and has demonstrated huge plans for the future. It's clear that he is going to be playing a big role in the upcoming The Avengers: Infinity War, but are we going to see more of him between now and then? According to Josh Brolin, the answer appears to be yes.
While speaking to Nuke The Fridge at a press event for the soon-to-be-released Inherent Vice, the actor who plays the Mad Titan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe reveled that his calendar in the coming years has some big time dedicated to playing Thanos, specifically noting both 2016 and 2017. While it's unclear exactly what the question was that prompted the response, outside of being something about the giant purple alien, Brolin responded,
"The fact that it’s so, it’s like, Yeah in 2016 and ’17, what am I going to be doing? Oh, I’m going to be doing that.' I’m very lucky in that way, man. I just get presented these things and I go wow, really? Why now and why this? The possibilities for Thanos are unlimited."
The big hanging question here is exactly what Josh Brolin meant with this statement: will he be filming sequences as Thanos in 2016 and 2017, or is that when we can next expect to see him on the big screen in character? If its the latter, that means we could be seeing the reappearance of Thanos as soon as Captain America: Civil War or Doctor Strange. If it's the former (which makes a bit more sense), then that's heavy suggestion that he will be playing a part in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and/or Thor: Ragnarok (Black Panther is also coming out in 2017, but doesn't exactly have the same kind of cosmic connection). Given Thanos' previous on-screen relationship with the Guardians, as well as the fact that the Infinity Gauntlet is in Odin's Treasure Room in Asgard, either one is not just possible, but actually likely.
As Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige put it during the special Marvel presentation in October, however, all of it will be leading to The Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 and Part 2, which will be released in 2018 and 2019, respectively, and finally feature Thanos as the big bad to end all big bads in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In order to make that really pay off, a certain degree of setup is required, which is why having the Mad Titan appear in more movies in the meantime makes a great deal of sense.
If you had to put down your best guess, when do you think will be the next time that we get a look at Josh Brolin's Thanos?