Damion Poitier On Being THANOS; Says He Thought He Would Be SUPER SKRULL

Damion Poitier On Being THANOS; Says He Thought He Would Be SUPER SKRULL

Saying that he thought he was auditioning for Super Skrull in Marvel's The Avengers, Damion Poitier talked about getting the chance to work with Joss Whedon and to briefly become one of the most powerful villains in Marvel Comics: Thanos.

By Abary - Jun 09, 2014 10:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Avengers
Source: GeeksWithWives

Despite Josh Brolin taking over as Thanos in this summers's Guardians of the Galaxy as well as in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Damion Poitier will still be known as the actor to first play Thanos in the amazing and now-iconic post-credits in Marvel's The Avengers. While he didn't get to talk about the 'Men In Black 3' star taking over as the Mad Titan, he did get to reminisce about his time working with Joss Whedon on the movie. He talked about what it was like when he found out he would be Thanos. "I found out when I was in the makeup chair what I was doing," he revealed. "They kept it super quiet because they didn't wanna put any spoilers out. So they kept it super quiet what I was doing, and I didn't found out until they were casting my face to do the sculpt." He was asked what role he thought he was being cast as when he went in. "I thought I was Kl'rt," he said. Those of you who know about the Marvel Cosmic mythos, you will know that the character he was referring to is none other than the Super Skrull. "I thought I was gonna be the Super Skrull, because the whole rumor was that the Skrulls were going to be in Avengers."  The Skrulls of course were one of the many aliens races rumored to be Loki's army in the movie, but were instead the Chitauri, the Ultimate Universe version of the Skrulls.

He was also asked if he had to audition or if they contacted him for the role. "It was a pretty simple audition process. They just really wanted someone to stand up, turn around, and smile, which is what was necessary. It just so happens I know Joss and everyone, so things kind of [worked]." Damion Poitier has worked with Avengers director Joss Whedon a few times in the past, specifically on projects such Firefly, Angel, and Dollhouse. He was asked what it was like working with Joss, saying that "He's awesome." He goes on to say "He's been in it so long, he knows exactly what he's doing, he knows exactly what he wants, but he's also willing to play, to see if you come up with something different than what he thought an if it works better, and if he likes it he'll bring it in. Because he uses the same people over and over again, it's a very family-like experience when you're working with Joss. You feel like you're part of the family, and it's everything you want to be when you're working with a director." Going back to his experience as being cast as Thanos, he said he was disapointed that he couldn't tell anyone. "I'm in the makeup chair, and I knew a couple of the guys, but I didn't know everybody, so I had to keep my cool. I was really excited, but then I was really horrified because I couldn't tell anybody." Finally, he expressed interest in returning as Thanos, saying "Of course! Why wouldn't I want to do such a thing!" The scene in Avengers that Damion Poitier starred in is known as many to be one of the greatest Marvel after-credits scenes. Do you agree? Sound off below.
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Pasto - 6/9/2014, 10:42 AM
Would've been cool if he was Super Skrull. Nice find.
Phronesis - 6/9/2014, 10:55 AM
Shoulda kept him.
YeezusWept - 6/9/2014, 10:56 AM

Only Super Skrull rights are owned by Fox. Skrulls in general are shared by both.
themidnightking - 6/9/2014, 10:56 AM
Is he still playing Thanos in gotg? I mean as his physical form.
BrowniesExplode - 6/9/2014, 11:01 AM
I want to here what Thanos is going to sound like. I would have like the guy from Underworld or Keith David.Josh doesnt have that menacing voice.
Mrcool210 - 6/9/2014, 11:06 AM
if josh brolin is doing the voice this guy should still be doing the mo cap work. His thanos looked fantastic
BrowniesExplode - 6/9/2014, 11:07 AM
@BatzFTWfan Yeah Ron Pearlman voice is great Christopher Judges voice is too. But Josh voice to me doesn't fit Thanos i'll just wait to hear it first.
BrowniesExplode - 6/9/2014, 11:08 AM
@MrCool Agreed!
batz11 - 6/9/2014, 11:20 AM
sKeemAn - 6/9/2014, 11:23 AM
They should keep him as the body of thanos. He looked like he fit well. Super Skrull would've been nice but I enjoyed what we got.
DeusExSponge - 6/9/2014, 11:34 AM
Didn't Kevin Feige say something about Fox and Marvel Studios sharing the rights to the Skrulls? I remember him saying something about that during an interview, around the time The Avengers release or something.
JoJo1982 - 6/9/2014, 11:34 AM
Would of been cool if he was super skrull.... too

Yeah that's is my favorite post credit scene ever!!! Right next to Samuel L Jackson in Iron Man
JoJo1982 - 6/9/2014, 11:36 AM

Marvel Studios has the rights to the Skrulls

Fox Studios has the rights to Super Skrull(I think bc of his powers)

I know pretty stupid
MercwithMouth - 6/9/2014, 11:47 AM
Nice find @Abary!
MercwithMouth - 6/9/2014, 11:48 AM
@deus @JoJo

The Skrulls are shared. Feige did do an interview about that late last year. But Super Skrull is Fox.
HulkOnion - 6/9/2014, 2:48 PM
Merc explained it best...

Looks like im uneeded
marvel72 - 6/9/2014, 3:20 PM
i believe fox own the rights to super skrull.
rsavaiano - 6/9/2014, 6:05 PM
Thanos was done using an actor and practical makeup? It looked like pretty standard CGI to me when I saw it.
bropous - 6/9/2014, 6:27 PM
REALLY cool that this guy actually knows who the Super Skrull is.
Luigi - 6/9/2014, 8:37 PM
I like this guy, in interviews he seems very nice and geeky as well. If Josh Brolin is only doing the voice might as well keep him for the mo-cap, they have to get somebody
CrashTest - 6/9/2014, 9:21 PM
Yeah I'm with u @luigi. I really like him as well and would leave like to see his take. That smile, even though small, really set the stage. I'm sure Bolin will do a great voice but they should keep this look and him in the make up.
sinsear912 - 6/9/2014, 10:39 PM
To this day the movie thanks frightens me.
gordonh7 - 6/10/2014, 3:44 AM
the Chitauri were the name of the Super Skrulls in the ultimates Universe
gordonh7 - 6/10/2014, 3:50 AM
Fox own the rights to the name Skrulls. But in the Ultimate comics the Super Skrulls were called the Chitauri Aka Loki's army from the Avengers film. Check it out if you don't believe me. When Fox do The Fantastic 4 films they can use the Name Skrulls but they can't use the name the Chitauri. Whilst Marvel can use the name Chitauri but they cant use the name Skrulls in films. Marvel has the film rights to the Ultimstes universe that features and charcters from Spiderman, Fantastic 4 or Spider-man as long as they dont feature in the other comic book universe.
TheAbomination - 6/10/2014, 8:27 AM
Would have like to have seen him recast as Thanos. But I think Brolin will do good too.
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