FRIDAY FANCAST: Who is Thanos?!

FRIDAY FANCAST is a regular feature where the staff here at Capeless Crusader offer up our dream actors and actresses for roles in films based on some of the best comics on the market.

This week Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced in Empire Magazine that they had cast the “Mad Titan” Thanos for their Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, he didn’t want to reveal who the actor was they cast. He also did not mention when we would see the character.

Speculation on who was playing this role has been circulating for some time, even before we knew Thanos was in the after-credit scene. Here is our opportunity to make our best guess at who Marvel is considering for the role.

We don’t know how they will portray the character, possibly by motion capture like with the Hulk. However, we know that they actually cast an actor under the make up, Damion Poitier, for the silent role in the tag scene at the end of Marvel’s The Avengers.

Thanos is a classic Marvel Comics villain who terrorizes the Earth and the Avengers. Thanos is a superhuman mutant whose massive, heavy-bodied form was born with the capacity to synthesize cosmic energy for certain personal uses. Thanos has increased his powers through bionic amplification, mystical enhancement, and as a result of being resurrected by Death itself.

In the MCU, Thanos is on a mission to collect the 5 Infinity Gems to complete his Infinity Guantlet: a gauntlet specifically designed to hold the Infinity Gems that would make the wearer omnipotent.

*Space Gem

*Soul Gem

*Reality Gem

*Power Gem

*Time Gem

*Mind Gem

The quest for the collection of these gems throughout the MCU was made even more clear at the end of Thor: The Dark World.

Now, with the news of his casting, we can now reasonably consider just who Feige cast.

My wishlist for the full role includes:

Clancy Brown

Keith David

Ian McShane

Glenn Fleschler

Ron Perlman

Vin Diesel

What do you think of my choices?

Who do you think will play the Mad Titan?

  • It’s probably not Vin Diesel… I am totally with you on Ian McShane.

    • I note Vin Diesel because there was early suspicion that he might play Thanos before Groot. I still would not rule him out because he is a talented voice actor. Diesel will have a lifetime pass for me because of the Iron Giant.