Marvel Studios is planning an Eternals movie, and while the Mad Titan Thanos is not confirmed to be in it, his actor, Josh Brolin, says that he’s game if they are.
“I don’t know what the future brings and who knows, but [I] love the idea of something infinite like this,” he said, adding that he had never been involved in any sequels prior to joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I like playing that character. It’s a Brando-esqe, Apocalyptic Now character and it’s fun, but you know, I don’t know. I don’t know what the future holds. I’ve been surprised my entire career so we’ll see.”
While Thanos’ role in the franchise was first teased in the post-credits scene of 2012’s The Avengers, it was this year’s Avengers: Infinity War which finally allowed the character to shine. The powerful alien came to Earth in search of the six Infinity Stones, which, if collected, would give him nearly limitless power and allow him to destroy half of all life in the universe.
The movie only briefly touches on Thanos’ backstory, revealing that his civilization lived on Titan, the moon of Saturn; it was the destruction of the rest of his species that convinced him that his extreme actions would bring “balance” to the universe. However, in the comic book the rest of the Titanians are still alive, and they are only an offshoot of the race known as the Eternals.
The concept, created by Jack Kirby, says that five million years ago, the Celestials (cf. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) experimented on proto-humans, creating the Eternals and their enemies, the Deviants. More intelligent and powerful than normal humans, some Eternals stayed on Earth while others established societies on both Titan and Uranus.
It is not clear how this will work within the MCU: will it acknowledge Eternals other than the Titanians? Are the Titanians really all dead? If so, will it be a prequel? There are certainly many characters whom the film could focus on, but given Thanos’ popularity, it would be surprising if the people behind the scenes don’t find a way to work him in (assuming, of course, that it is possible after whatever will happen in the fourth Avengers film).
For now, fans (and Brolin) will be waiting for more news about this intriguing project.