We know that Thanos is starting on a journey to collect all the Infinity Stones for the goal of wiping out half of the universe to reestablish balance in the universe in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, Josh Brolin, who plays the Mad Titan, revealed new details on the villain and his personality, his past, and his grand plan for the universe.
Entertainment Weekly also confirmed that Avengers: Infinity War is going to show the flashbacks of Thanos’ youth on the planet Titan.
Kevin Feige previously revealed:
“He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.”
Josh Brolin goes on to share some additional details on Thanos and one of the most significant is that he exposes that the villain has the capacity to love.
“When you see the relationship with Gamora and you see that evolve, God I wish I could tell you. I can’t! When [directors Joe and Anthony Russo] came up to me after we had done maybe three quarters of the film, they said, ‘It wasn’t necessarily intended that you feel for this guy as much as you do.’ Obviously he has a grand plan, like somebody who’s pulling in kids for their own selfish bloodshed. But he has a capacity to love very much and very deeply. You need that for a character like this because if he’s just a cackling madman bent on destroying everything, it’s less interesting.”
If we are going to see Thanos’ involvement with Gamora develop, I think that means the two will be giving some time together in the movie. That should make for an exciting story dynamic! Secondly, the fact that we will see a villain like Thanos show some deep love will definitely make things interesting. Brolin goes on to reveal some additional details on Thanos’ past:
“He’s different from his family. They’re all Titans and they all look similar, but he was born deformed. You see how he grew up, you see he was like the Quasimodo of this time, or if you’ve ever read Perfume [Patrick Süskind ‘s 1985 novel about a serial killer who craves beautiful scenes but is disgusted by the smell of humanity], it’s a great parallel to Thanos. He stuck out. He was an anomaly. He was a freak. And that lent to this apparent insanity.”
Brolin goes on to explain Thanos’ actions and how there’s a purpose to his madness.
“You want to write him off as insane, and yet what he’s doing makes sense, if you break it down. You think of overpopulation and killing half the universe in order to save the other half and all this kind of stuff. You have this struggle watching him. It’s this love-hate thing, you know? So I don’t know … Who in our society do we love and hate? You see this lughead and this guy who you pigeonhole right from the first cosmetic reaction to him. And what I see is this in this guy’s eyes. This super, super, super intelligence. There’s this constant contrasting thing about this Neanderthalic lughead who’s way more intelligent than anybody else in the movie, by far.”