Avengers: Infinity War -- Thanos Looked Like A Half-Assed Halloween Costume
Marvel's movies have always featured mind-blowing visual effects, from the computer-generated Hulk to Iron Man's suit to whatever digital wizardry makes it look like the team is happy to have Hawkeye hanging around. The epic crossover Infinity War was no exception. Most impressive was the central villain, Thanos, who's completely realistic even though he looks like a California Raisin who got super into CrossFit.
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Behind the scenes, Thanos was portrayed by famed actor (and Barbara Streisand stepson) Josh Brolin. For a CGI character, Thanos is so Brolin-y that you almost expect him to abandon the hunt for the Infinity Stones, throw on a bandana, and go searching for pirate treasure. That's because Brolin acted out his role on set in a motion capture suit with a camera capturing his wide assortment of scowls the whole time. Pretty high-tech stuff.
To help the actors acting opposite Brolin -- specifically with their eye lines -- Brolin's mocap suit was outfitted with a decidedly less high-tech broomstick taped to his back with a cardboard cutout of Thanos' head on top. The effect is less "unstoppable galactic evil" and more "Halloween costume thrown together by a parent who clearly doesn't love their child." It's awkward, whether he's battling Iron Man on Titan ...