I’m looking at Josh Brolin right now as I write this.
Well, not at him personally, but at a poster he’s on in my home office for one of my all-time favorite movies: The Goonies. That 1985 classic was his first film, where he played Brand Walsh, a high school jock who gets pulled into his little brother’s adventurous quest to find hidden pirate treasure. That little brother? None other than Sean Astin, who went on to become Rudy, Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and, more recently, Bob Newby on Stranger Things.
What’s interesting about Brolin’s career is that while he worked steadily for the next two decades after The Goonies, it wasn’t until 2007 and 2008 that he was in four films that really put him back on the map: No Country for Old Men, American Gangster, W. and Milk — the last of which earned him an Academy Award nomination (for Best Supporting Actor).
After that amazing run, Brolin once again kept on working, but remained mostly out of the spotlight until 2014 — and hasn’t slowed down since. First he earned critical raves in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘70s-set neo-noir dramedy Inherent Vice. Then he starred alongside Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro in the bleak crime thriller Sicario, whose sequel is coming out later this year (with Brolin reprising his role as CIA agent Matt Graver).
But 2018 is shaping up to be Brolin’s biggest year yet. He’ll be everywhere. I already mentioned the Sicario sequel. He’s also starring in the sure-to-be-weird comedy The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter from the creative team behind the quirky HBO dramas Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. However, the movies that have superhero fans most excited are The Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2, because Brolin will be the villain in BOTH!
“How is that even possible?” you might be wondering (because I did). Who knows, but he must have a great agent, huh?
Both baddies are for Marvel films, with Thanos (who Brolin made cameos as in both Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron) being who all Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes will band together to defeat across two films (Infinity War this year and its sequel next year). The second villain is Nathan Summers/Cable, who Brolin will appear as in four X-Men franchise films, with Deadpool 2 technically being the first.
Does this man ever sleep? Which upcoming movie of Brolin’s are you most excited for?