May 032018

Who is Josh Brolin? Exactly! His is a name you probably won’t recognize. But, he’s been a part of the MCU for as long as Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. He’s the guy who plays Thanos. 

Josh Brolin: The One Connection Between 'Avengers: Infinity War' And 'Deadpool 2'© Instagram/Josh Brolin

When you look at that perfect jaw, the first thing that comes to mind is, why cover it all up with CGI and a mo-cap? At least Ruffalo gets a chance to show his face as Bruce Banner. What about Brolin, he’s going to be purple forever? Well, it’s kind of good in a way since it means the world isn’t going to call him Thanos for the rest of his life. Ruffalo, on the other hand, will be called the Hulk forever.

I already know what you’re thinking. How is Brolin/Thanos related to ‘Deadpool 2) ?’ Well, the characters in ‘Deadpool 2’ are also a part of the Marvel Universe but that doesn’t mean we’re going to be seeing Thanos come destroy half the universe there too. How is Brolin involved then?

Well, once you’ve seen what the actor who plays Thanos looks like, I’m sure you’ve realised he bears a shocking resemblance to another character we’re going to be seeing on the big screen soon, Cable. That’s because it’s the same guy. Yeah, Josh Brolin is both Thanos and Cable!

Before you go ballistic in the comments telling me what an idiot I am and why I should stop writing, save your hate for later. I’m not done. Most people wouldn’t have even known that Josh Brolin is playing both characters. No one will blame you since the CGI on Thanos does a pretty good job of covering up what he actually looks like. I bet no one could tell it was Brolin unless they already knew.

Now, this creates a unique problem for Disney. They have two movies releasing around the same time and the same person is playing the bad guy in both. I don’t think this has ever happened in the past. As much as Brolin has helped propel ‘Infinity War’ to new heights in terms of box-office success, he is also going to be the reason ‘Infinity War’ doesn’t become the highest grossing movie ever. Just think about it. Two weeks from now, you want to go watch a movie over the weekend. In an ideal world, there would be nothing cool to watch and you’d go just go watch ‘Infinity ‘War again. But, with ‘Deadpool 2’ coming out on the 16th of May and all the hype that Fox (another Disney company) is undoubtedly going to try and create around it, people will prefer going to watch that wouldn’t you think? What would you do?

How does a movie become the highest grossing ever? By being unlike anything else at the cinema at the time. By running unchallenged for months on end. ‘Infinity War’ clearly won’t be able to do that. It’s not the movie’s fault honestly. It’s just bad timing.

To add to their woes, ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ will be coming out just a week after that. There go all the Star Wars fans who have been waiting decades for a movie on Han Solo. No one is going to be watching Avengers by then or care about Thanos. It’s just the world we live in. Preferences change fast. Sometimes, too fast!

So, while Brolin is clearly the main man who carried ‘Infinity War’ on his shoulders, he will probably work just as well in ‘Deadpool 2’ and end up cutting not just the universe but their earnings in half too.

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