What Part Will Thanos Play In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?

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fotor0530223841When that ugly pink mug of Thanos was revealed at the end of The Avengers, fans nearly shat themselves in excitement. We knew that it would take time to build up to the big baddie, with most thinking that he’d face our favorite heroes in the third Avengers film, and certainly looks to be headed that direction. However, we also knew that he’d be making some appearances and would have references going forward in Phases 2 & 3 of Marvel’s film slate. We know that Thanos is in the process of collecting the Infinity Stones, some of which have already been revealed; the Tesseract from Captain America and the scepter that Loki wields in Avengers being the first two. At the end of Thor: The Dark World, we see Benicio Del Toro’s Collector taking what is being thought to be the Reality Stone, known in that movie as Aether, from Volstagg and Sif. Halfway done by my count. The upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy will reveal the fourth stone to the world. So how much of Thanos, who we recently learned would be voiced by Josh Brolin, will we actually see in the space-set adventure?

According to Vulture, we’ll get our first glimpse of the Mad Titan in the first act, via a hologram, a la Emperor Palpatine in The EMpire Strikes Back. We will see him in the flesh later in the film when he shares the screen with Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, and Nebula, played by Karen GillanThanos will also be referenced throughout the film, most often in a fearful tone. Not to mention his familial connection to Gamora, who will be played by Zoe Saldana.

While the Guardians may help clear things up in regards to the pink baddie, the film will also offer many new developments and nods for us to chew on. But, we can expect the Thanos character to remain a bit of a mystery over all. After the events of Guardians, it should be expected that he return to the shadows until a later time. Very likely until at least Avengers: Age of Ultron, but likely longer than that.

Guardians of the Galaxy is scheduled for an August 1 release and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro and  Karen Gillan, with the voices of Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Josh Brolin. James Gunn is directing.

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