One of the bigger surprises in this past summer's excellent "Guardians of the Galaxy," was the reveal of Thanos (played, in a bit of performance capture fun, by Josh Brolin), who had previously been hinted at in the mid-credits scene in "The Avengers." Clearly, the infamous villain, who at one point wiped out most life in the galaxy due to his ongoing courtship of a female personification of death, is going to have a huge impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the years ahead. And Brolin confirmed that he would be at the center of the third "Avengers" adventure, "The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1" (out May 4th, 2018) and "The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2" (out May 3rd, 2019).

While talking to Coming Soon about his wonderfully wacky new Paul Thomas Anderson detective movie "Inherent Vice," Brolin said, "I love the idea of Thanos... Ultimately, it's Thanos against everyone. Why wouldn't you do that?" Good question, Josh!

The actor also revealed to the site that it was his relationship with an old friend, Louis D'Esposito, who serves as the Marvel Studios co-president (and has overseen and directed a number of the now defunct "One Shot" short films). Brolin explained: "Thanos came along because of my good friend Louis D'Esposito. He and I used to train together. We did 'Hollow Man' together. He called me up and started talking about this thing. It was nice because I could intimately talk to him about it. What I liked. What I didn't like about the whole idea of it... It was really exciting because of the possibilities that it could be come. Not as an idea or as a blockbuster, but just as something different. It's a character mentality."

Where Thanos will next pop up is anybody's guess, although it's probably safe to assume he'll next be seen in "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," out in the summer of 2017. You know that Thanos – always hooked on a feeling.

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