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Jim Starlin Opens Up About Thanos in Marvel Cinematic Universe

With Thanos introduced during the closing credits for The Avengers, it seems to go without saying that he’ll have a larger role to play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But what role will that be exactly?

Many fans have speculated that the Mad Titan will return in Guardians of the Galaxy, which is set to hit theaters in August 2014. That seemed to be all but confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in a recent interview, although we won’t get our hopes set on Thanos’ Guardians appearance until we have the official word.

Comic Book Therapy recently caught up with Thanos creator Jim Starlin at Dragon*Con and asked him how he felt about the big role Thanos has to play in the Marvel universe. It should go without saying that he’s pretty excited.

“I think it’s pretty cool, actually,” said the creator, who in May expressed mixed feelings on the subject. “I will be curious to see more of Thanos. We only saw that head-and-shoulder shot. The little filigree they added to the armor was kind of nice. I can’t wait to see the whole guy and hear him speak.”

It was Damion Poitier who played Thanos in The Avengers closing credits, but there’s a slim chance he’ll be brought back for future movies. Instead, Marvel will likely cast a more established actor to lend his talents to the creation of the Titan.

“I had thought about Idris Elba [voicing Thanos], who is an English actor I always thought about. He is already appearing as Heimdall,” Starlin admitted. “There were rumors going around that Arnold Schwarzenegger was going to be tapped for it, which at first I thought was a bad idea but then I caught him in the news since his post-cancer treatment and he has Thanos’ voice. He has this real gravelly voice and he would probably work well. Couldn’t think of anybody else I’d throw out off the top of my head.”

We’re sure that it won’t take very long for Marvel to debut a shortlist of actors they’re considering to play Thanos.


  • Mel

    Brian Blessed.

    “Red Skull’s Alive?”

  • JRbirkhead

    For some reason whenever I read Thanos in the comics, I hear Optimus Prime’s voice.

  • RunnerX13

    What does Thanos sound like?  Has he ever been animated?  

  • Demoncat4

    nice jim is happy to see thanos after how mad he was to have to buy his own ticket  to see more of thanos on the big screen as for who should play him always thought idris had the build for him but he should be voiced by jermey irons  .  as long as thanos is coming back in full to the big screen marvel can take their time finding the perfect actor to voice him right.

  • A Binyon

    Super hero Squad season 2, but not really menacing, I think he was in the silver surfer 90’s series but I cant remember much about that

  • Mythos

    It would be hilarious to have Thanos with an Austrian accent. “Ahm Thanos tha Mad Titan!”

  • Evil_s2003

    Why does it have to be a celebrity voice? I HATE when they do that. I always hear the celebrity and not the character. Find a voice actor who can bring the character to life and stop forcing the characters to fit a celebrity. This is why I stopped watching these movies. 

  • theaceofknaves

    Jeremy Irons for Thanos! He has the perfect voice. They can mix practical make up and CGI like they did with the Frost Giants in Thor.

  • theaceofknaves

    great minds think alike ay! Jeremy Irons for Thanos’ voice would be perfect.

  • Jessie Mcneil2

    it is nice to have someone who took the whole marvel comic on and i hope you people don’t make him a whimp in this movie like you did with the others