Starting with Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, the MCU has become one of the most popular franchises out there. Later on, the universe saw its most financially successful movie in Avengers: Endgame with Josh Brolin’s Thanos.
Since the fourth Avengers movie, the universe has moved on into other projects while introducing new themes and villains, with Kang the Conqueror expected to be the next big bad of the MCU.
Is Josh Brolin back in the MCU?
As reported by GiantFreakinRobot, Josh Brolin is expected to make a return as Thanos in Avengers: Secret Wars in 2025. It is still unknown which version of Thanos the actor will play, and in what capacity he might return.
Josh Brolin Returning As Thanos In Secret Wars https://t.co/NqLMmA0NDy
— Daniel Joseph Victor 🇺🇸 (@Daniboy_CFC) August 18, 2022
Josh Brolin will return and not only as Thanos but Cable too
Ben Affleck said no to Doctor Strange 2 but said maybe on Secret Wars so there's still a chance
— Ash Noah (@ash_noah07) January 22, 2022
Since the events in Loki, variants have become the buzzword, allowing the fans to see different versions of the original characters, such as the different versions of Loki and He Who Remains. This means we might not see the version of Thanos from Endgame, but a different one altogether.
Thanos against Dr. Doom?
Considering the lore established in the Secret Wars comics, we can expect Dr. Doom and Thanos to clash in the movies too. Thanos and his cabal go on a warpath to stop God Doom from remaking the universe in his image after he defeated Kang the Conqueror.
If Thanos comes back in Avengers: Secret Wars, this NEEDS to happen. pic.twitter.com/FqsYpLsxef
— Spider-Sonic (@SpiderSonic12) August 17, 2022
Not me wanting to see Thanos get his spine ripped straight out of his body in Secret Wars
— Sylvia ΘΔ (@Sylvialogy) August 15, 2022
Bro the Secret Wars movies and movies leading up to it are gonna be absolutely insane, even more insane than the Thanos build up.
— Crunk Bunny (@PetanoPrime) August 13, 2022
If we are getting Secret Wars, we better and SHOULD get my favorite version of Doctor Doom. Also, they could bring Josh Brolin back for this… pic.twitter.com/rfdB8bjo3G
— Freaky Jason (@SSnatcher007) July 25, 2022
Another reason for his return could be the cameo of his brother Starfox played by Harry Styles at the end of Eternals. Even though the Mad Titan has not been confirmed to be an Eternal, we know from the comics that he is, this could allow the lore of the immortal heroes to be expanded.
Avengers: Secret Wars is expected to release in November 2025.