Avengers: Josh Brolin's Performance Changed the Way Thanos Was Written

Though you may not be familiar with the name Jen Underdahl, you're probably well versed with her work as Marvel Entertainment's Visual Effects Producer. In a recent video for WIRED, Underdahl detailed how she approached Brolin's Thanos in both Avengers: Infinity War as well as Avengers: Endgame, reflecting on how Josh Brolin's performance was as much a character discovery for the team as it was a technical journey -- one that led the team to change how Thanos was written due to Brolin's performance choices.

"Not only was it a technical discovery for us, it was also a character discovery for Josh [Brolin], Joe and Anthony [Russo]," she explained. "We found... we kind of had imagined Thanos as this big, mean, you know -- over the top character, but how Josh played him was beautiful. His performance was menacing but subtle. Terrifying, but in little flinches, so we realized at that moment that we really needed to have a company that captured all that and pulled his performance through the prosthetics so that when you are like this on Thanos [shows a shot of the Avengers villain], you felt the terror in your bones with this character, because, you had to."

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Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as BruceBanner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

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