As Deadpool 2's Cable & Infinity War's Thanos, Josh Brolin is 2018's villain to beat

The rifle that Brolin uses in Deadpool 2 weighs nearly 70 pounds (30 kgs), something the actor had to carry while running uphill to preparing for his role.

Thank God for Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool. The superhero genre would be much worse without them. The fatigue that set into it after the disastrous Batman V Superman, the overwrought Civil War, and the physically tiring X Men movies, was broken through the sheer irreverence of the first Deadpool movie.

Going from self parody to mocking other pop culture icons, nothing was sacred for Ryan Reynolds, and his team of writers. And now with the release of the sequel only a couple of months away, they’ve dropped a brand new trailer, introducing the antagonist – Cable.

Played by Josh Brolin, the character caught everyone’s imagination when the actor shared the first still of himself in costume. Packing more than a pound of muscle and a sick bionic arm, Cable already looks like an opponent who will challenge Deadpool’s physicality. Much like Bane was for Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

And this new trailer apart from showcasing the leading man’s comic repartees (including a dig at Justice League and Superman’s moustache) – it also showcases the origins of Cable. “What’s the most pain you’ve ever felt? Probably the one that leaves more machine than man” – says the character hinting at his background as a mercenary sent back from the future.

According to reports, the rifle that Brolin uses in the film weighs nearly 70 pounds, something the actor had to carry while running up hills to preparing for his role.

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Interestingly, Brolin will be an antagonist in yet another tent-pole film this year. He’s playing the ‘big daddy of all villains’ Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. His character first appeared in the MCU in a post-credits scene of the first Avengers movie – which signified the conclusion of the first phase.

He again appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he continued his pursuit for the infinity gems. However, he will make his first full-fledged appearance in the May release, played by Brolin in front of a green screen.

Thanos is the God of Gods in the MCU, and his character was always going to be heavy on VFX. And that’s what allowed Brolin to get into shape for Cable without it interfering with his other gig. Even though both Thanos and Cable hail from Marvel comics, the characters belonged to Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox respectively at the time of shooting.

2018 will be a make-or-break year for the superhero genre, as many anticipated movies are lined up one after another. And with both the films releasing within two weeks of one another, it’s safe to say that there will be only one bad guy to beat in this year’s summer blockbusters – Josh Brolin.