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Mak­ing a great fist of mul­ti­ple Marvel char­ac­ters.

In­ever un­der­stand why peo­ple of­fer me roles,” Josh Brolin mused re­cently. He’s clearly not been pay­ing as much at­ten­tion as the rest of us. As the big 5-0 ap­proaches, the one-time Goonie is rou­tinely crank­ing out some of the best work of his ca­reer and, with a dou­ble­whammy of Marvel vil­lains in the off­ing – in Dead­pool 2 and Avengers: In­fin­ity War – he’s cer­tainly not short on buzz-wor­thy roles.

Brolin’s cast­ing as Nathan Sum­mers, aka mu­tant mer­ce­nary Ca­ble, in Dead­pool 2, is the big­gie

– a re­veal that shocked fans al­ready await­ing his big day out as uni­verses­tomp­ing ti­tan Thanos in Avengers: In­fin­ity War. Shoot­ing on the lat­ter is al­ready un­der­way – Marvel boss Kevin Feige prom­ises Thanos will take au­di­ences’ breath away in “his first minute” – but it’s not all about comic books for the one-time Os­car nom­i­nee.

Af­ter last year’s suc­cess­ful Coen com­edy Hail, Cae­sar!, Brolin’s tick­ling ribs again in The Legacy Of A White­tail Deer Hunter, mas­ter­minded by East­bound & Down duo Danny McBride and Jody Hill, and he’ll reprise his role as CIA of­fi­cer Matt Graver in Soldado, the se­quel to 2015’s Si­cario. Plus there’s dusty ’30s drama Gran­ite Moun­tain from Joseph Kosin­ski ( Tron: Legacy) and western biopic Ge­orge And Tammy with Jes­sica Chas­tain.

For now, though, all eyes are on Brolin’s twin roles in the Marvel-verse. The fact he’s play­ing two ma­jor Marvel bad­dies caused some head-scratch­ing, but it’s no skin off Feige’s nose. “In­di­ana Jones and Han Solo are the same per­son,” he rea­sons.

And sparks are al­ready fly­ing be­tween Brolin and Ryan Reynolds in the lead-up to the pair’s clash. “You can’t play two char­ac­ters in the same uni­verse!” Reynolds teased, while Brolin tagged an In­sta­gram snap of him hav­ing a face cast made with “#ryan­reynold­sis­my­bitch”. The bat­tle lines have been drawn…

ETA | 2018 / DEAD­POOL 2 and Avengers: In­fin­ity War bot h open next year.

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