BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - MAY 15: Josh Brolin attends The Prime Experience: "Outer Range" on May 15, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
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Josh Brolin Knew His Deadpool Casting Came With Some Baggage
Josh Brolin has had the chance to play two different characters in movies based on Marvel characters, appearing first as the antagonist Thanos for the "Avengers" series and then as Cable for "Deadpool 2," which was released one month after "Infinity War." While there was more hype surrounding Thanos, Brolin found that playing Cable was much more stressful — and not just because of physical pain.
When asked which role was the bigger challenge, Brolin said, "I think 'Deadpool' was a major challenge just because there was such expectation," and commented on the MCU's villain problem. Brolin didn't mean it offensively, but Marvel is known for having less than memorable antagonists, so it wasn’t too hard for Brolin to make Thanos a memorable one.
The actor described the pressure of living up to the high expectation set in the first "Deadpool" movie, saying it was "an amazing, unexpected, risqué film." Brolin also felt he had more creative opportunities with Thanos than with Cable, saying, “‘Deadpool’ was hard. Even though it was funny, it was harder. That was more of a business transaction, it was more, 'We need to make this like this.'"