Marvel Cinematic Universe Stars by Success

Josh Brolin might not technically be a title-level MCU character, but Thanos was the biggest threat of the entire MCU to date and, arguably, the main character of “Infinity War,” so we’re bending the rules.

Josh Brolin attends Marvel’s press line during San Diego Comic-Con on July 26, 2014.

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Brolin’s career has barely had any hiccups since he was introduced properly in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as the Mad Titan, Thanos.

That same year, he won an Independent Spirit Award for “Inherent Vince,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Then, in 2015, he was second-billed in “Sicario,” which was both critically acclaimed and a box-office success, and in “Everest,” which was both as well. The year after that, in 2016, he was the lead of the Coen Brothers’ success “Hail, Caesar!”

Then comes a hiccup, with 2017’s firefighter drama “Only the Brave,” which was liked by critics but a box-office flop. He followed that up with the critically panned “The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter,” which has a dismal 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.

However, in 2018, he turned it around with the “Sicario” sequel, “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” and an iconic performance as Cable in “Deadpool 2.”

In 2021, Brolin is setting his sights on another hopeful box-office smash and future franchise, “Dune,” and he will costar in the comedy “Brothers,” with Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, Brendan Fraser, and “Zola” breakout Taylour Paige.

The 53-year-old has 3 million followers on Instagram.

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