Thanos was teased at the end of Marvel’s massive blockbuster, The Avengers, but we have not seen him since. All is about to change as the super villain is about to start making his presence known, and the first time he will really begin appearing is in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Its is thought that from this point on, Thanos, who will be voiced by Josh Brolin, will begin his domination over Marvel’s world, and he will start taking control of other villains in an effort to take over the universe.
In the comics, Thanos is looking for a collection of stones which would give him unstoppable power, and already we have seen glimpses of these with the Tesseract at the end of Thor: The Dark World. I have read that the orb (seen in a Guardians of the Galaxy image) may be another Thanos is looking to add to his collection. The Tesseract already links Guardians of the Galaxy with Thor, but what about the rest of the Marvel world? Well, in an interview with EW, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed “[Guardians of the Galaxy] is definitely connected to Avengers 3.”
Last year Gunn also spoke of the Thanos link to Guardians of the Galaxy, stating: “[Star-Lord] was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smuggles called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky. Thanos slaughtered [Gamora’s] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bio engineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.”
With Ultron being the chief villain in The Avengers 2, it is looking likely that Thanos will be the main villain building up the The Avengers 3, and Gunn confirmed that Thanos will also be the chief bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy, appearing in motion-capture. Gunn said Thanos will be the “head of a snake”, which kinda hints to the villain being the overall bad guy within the Marvel universe as things progress, something which was talked about some time ago.
So how much of Thanos will we see in Guardians of the Galaxy?
Vulture has reported that Thanos will appear in hologram form, similar to Emperor Palpatine’s role Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Thanos is said to appear near the beginning of the film, talking as a hologram to communicate to his villainous siblings Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). He will have brief moments throughout the film where he will appear in hologram form, yet his presence will be massively felt as Nebula and Ronan the Accuser do his biding. Later in the film, probably more toward the end, Thanos will actually appear in the flesh!
Fans have said that the while there has been no confirmation of Thanos’ storyline as yet, it is thought the Marvel are leaning towards the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. This suggests that Thanos will spend the next few Marvel films collecting the six Infinity Gems which make up the Infinity Gauntlet, and will give him ultimate power.
Guardians will also further the Infinity Gauntlet storyline by introducing another of the six stones. (The others we’ve seen so far are the Tesseract from Captain America: The First Avenger, the Aether from Thor: The Dark World, and probably Loki’s scepter from The Avengers.) This is the orb we’ve seen in the trailers, and it’s reportedly the Power Stone.
Guardians of the Galaxy is written and directed by James Gunn, and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Djimon Hounsou, Peter Serafinowicz, and Benicio Del Toro.
The film will be released in UK cinemas August 1st.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” is presented by Marvel Studios. The film releases August 1, 2014, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.