Josh Brolin Brings a Surprising Level of Sadness and Empathy to Infinity War's Thanos

We all knew Thanos was going to be Avengers: Infinity War's big bad, but we weren't expecting his, um, interesting new makeover. The intergalactic villain, voiced by Josh Brolin — who is also taking on the role of Cable in the Deadpool sequel, interestingly enough — made his first impression in the team-up movie's epic trailers thanks to his pale purple skin and one very questionable goatee.

Avengers: Infinity War marks the most screen time ever for Thanos, who we've only gotten minor glimpses of in the past in 2012's The Avengers and in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy (he's Gamora and Nebula's dad, remember?). But seriously, guys — what is happening on his chin? Are those skin folds? Individual chin muscles? And why does he bear a startling resemblance to Bruce Willis? While Brolin continues to look better with age, his CGI counterpart cannot say the same. Fortunately not even that chin can distract from Brolin's fantastic performance, which brings depth, sadness, and even a little bit of empathy to the character. Marvel's track record with villains hasn't always been on the money (Ultron, we're looking at you), but Infinity War gives Thanos a solid backstory and relatively believable reason for wanting to destroy half of the universe, despite the craziness of the idea.

For those of you wondering why Brolin's voice sounds familiar, it's because you've watched him in countless films over the years. After kicking off his career by playing Brand in 1985's The Goonies, the Oscar-nominated actor has gone on to nab memorable roles in Men in Black III (pictured below), No Country For Old Men, Inherent Vice, Old Boy, and Sicario.

MEN IN BLACK III, from left: Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, 2012. ph: Wilson Webb/Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
Everett Collection

Despite Brolin's handsome appearance offscreen and his nuanced take on Thanos onscreen, Twitter hasn't been able to help themselves from roasting the lavender bad guy ever since the trailers dropped. Hopefully those infinity stones also give Thanos the power to ignore his own memes.

if you dont then you dont
love me deserve me
at my at my #THANOS

— clənt (@clintneeis) April 26, 2018

I admire their commitment to making Thanos look like a purple Joss Whedon

— Guy (@yeblod) November 29, 2017

To Thanos:

— ✨Maria✨ (@quacksonqueen) April 26, 2018

Imagine Thanos snapping fingers like this #InfinityWar

— 9GAG (@9GAG) April 26, 2018

— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 30, 2017

I'm not fighting anyone who got finger waves on their chin with no hair on their chin. Thanos a wild boy

— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh.... (@DragonflyJonez) November 29, 2017

#Thanos showed up in Marvels #InfinityWar Trailer like.... 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

— ChocolateCityComics (@ChocCityComics) November 29, 2017

this is pretty fucked

— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) November 29, 2017

Avengers tryna help Tony after getting socked by Thanos

— Nah, You Good. (@uglynewyork) November 29, 2017

I'm mad Thanos has a goatee that isn't actually there

— Charlotte Mane (@intrepid_heroin) November 29, 2017

The Vision: Why you trippin Thanos????

Iron Man: Yeah Thanos give em back his gem!!

Thanos:.........What Gem?

— Big B.I.N.G. (@imBINGnotGOOGLE) November 29, 2017

I'm glad that Thanos has very distinct Summer vs. Winter looks #InfinityWarTrailer

— Chloe (@chloegoodhart) November 29, 2017

Does Thanos have a goatee or are they gills?

— Troop Thanker (@Dr_BrianMD) November 29, 2017

Thanos has red eyes, bad skin and a hairless goatee. Drink some water man! #AvengersInfinityWar #Thanos #InfinityWarTrailer

— Ricky "Borg Life" Riley (@AcidHeist) November 29, 2017

Thanos with one punch:

— christophe (@lawfulmagnus) November 29, 2017

Thanos looks like a divorced dad of three who just wants to see his kids, Susan. Take the house and the car, just let him see his kids.

— Zito (@_Zeets) November 29, 2017