The Avengers, we can all agree was a revolutionary film and had marked a paradigm shift in Hollywood. Before this, no other superhero film has been so positively received. It had been the film that built a hunger for more of the MCU movies. But one thing that all the fans had loved in Avengers was the set up the Mad Titan, Thanos.
This purple cosmic villain had been played by the actor, Josh Brolin in the last three appearances -Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and also the movie, Avengers: Infinity War. But before Josh Brolin’s Thanos, there was another actor who played this character in the Avengers film.
There had been just a small tease for the Mad Titan in the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, but this villain had been played by Damion Poitier.
While the Mad Titan is now portrayed via through CGI, Marvel had gone with the traditional makeup way for the first movie.
It surely does make sense to use makeup than spend money on CGI for a small moment of this movie. Here are a few BTS image of the original Mad Titan:
This is what the post says:
“Flashback to a day on set for The Avengers circa 2011. Jose was hired to design and sculpt this makeup to be applied to actor Damion Poitier, who portrayed Thanos in the post-credits scene. Although Thanos ended up getting a digital sheen for the film and eventually became fully digitally rendered in Avengers: Infinity War, Jose still has a soft spot for this practical makeup design. The appliances were painted and applied by Thom Floutz.”
This was at a time when the actor, Josh Brolin had not been cast as Thanos and Marvel played a very smart game and got a cheap deal for Thanos.
There have been many complaints regarding Thanos’ different colours in the movies, but after the fans saw the final product, all the complaints stopped.
This is what Joe Russo had to say about Thanos:
“We always knew that that would be the most profound or some of the most profound beats of the film. We wanted the story, Thanos, even though he’s the villain, to follow the traditional arc of hero beats. In that you have to follow through with what he did and carry him to the ending, self-satisfied, sitting on his porch, feeling the weight of what he’s done in order for him to have the completion. That’s how it wraps up for us, and that’s why we say it’s a self-contained story and that there is an ending, it’s just not the ending that you’re used to. And Thanos, if you track all his major beats, they tell a complete story.”
Now the Mad Titan will make an appearance for the last time in the movie, Avengers 4. This is what Kevin Feige had to say:
“I will say, the entire intention of Infinity War and the next Avengers film next year was to have an ending – to bring a conclusion to 10 plus years, 22 movie narrative in a way that hadn’t been done before in this particular type of film. It’s been done before in films where there are a finite number of books, and they finish telling the story for the books, so they come to an ending. Characters like Spider-Man or Batman or James Bond or Iron Man, who have been around for so long and are always refreshed in comic books or novels or movies, you don’t necessarily get that kind of an endpoint – and we wanted to do that, which is what these next two Avengers films are.”
Avengers 4 will release on May 3, 2019.