How Much Thanos Will We See in Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY?

     June 3, 2014


Ever since that puzzling mid-credits sequence in The Avengers, fans have been wondering when we’d see that big purple alien guy return in a Marvel movie.  Thanos, as he’s known in the comics, is one of the principal villains of the Avengers, wielding an enormous amount of power and wreaking havoc on essentially the entire universe.  Fans were sure that Thanos would return as the “Big Bad” for The Avengers 2, but instead writer/director Joss Whedon settled on the robot Ultron as that pic’s chief baddie.  We know that Thanos will make his on-screen return with this summer’s space-set Guardians of the Galaxy, with Josh Brolin filling the role, but we’re still unclear on just how much of a factor Thanos will be in the Marvel pic.

However, a new report has shed some light on exactly how much Thanos we’ll see in Guardians of the Galaxy and what kind of role he’ll play in the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  If you don’t mind mild spoilers for Guardians, hit the jump to learn more.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-thanos-scenesWe’ve known that Thanos would appear in Guardians of the Galaxy for some time now, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige even describing a scene involving the character’s rocket throne a while back.  Now the folks over at Vulture have details on exactly how Thanos fits into the Guardians world, saying he makes his first appearance in the first act via hologram.  Unsurprisingly, the film’s chief villains Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are acting on Thanos’ orders, but they’ll mainly communicate with him through hologram until a scene later in the film, when the baddie finally appears in the (purple) flesh.

Though the character doesn’t appear to have a large role visually in Guardians of the Galaxy, the report notes that he is referenced throughout and looms large over the film’s proceedings.  This explains why Brolin was cast in the part after production wrapped, as he’ll be voicing the digital iteration of the character.

Brolin’s Thanos remains a major part of the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while Vulture’s report notes that he’ll “recede back into the shadows” after Guardians, he will apparently re-emerge after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

In the comics, Thanos gets his power from the Infinity Gauntlet, which is made up of six Infinity Gems.  In the MCU, these are referred to as “Infinity Stones”, and we saw Benicio Del Toro’s The Collector come into possession of one (the Aether from Thor: The Dark World) in the post-credits scene at the end of Thor 2.  The Tesseract and Loki’s scepter are likely two more Infinity Stones, and the Guardians of the Galaxy will introduce yet another—probably the orb that Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord has been seen eyeing.

We’ll surely learn more about Thanos and have a better idea of his overall plan once we see Guardians, but it’s definitely exciting to get a glimpse of how he fits into the story.  Guardians of the Galaxy opens in theaters on August 1st.


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  • God’s Diamond

    Interested to hear his thanos voice. And disappointed he won’t be doing the role with make up like Tim curry as the Lord of darkness in legend, at least not for this movie.

    • JK1193

      Oh that would be really epic. I love Darkness, so that’s an exciting comparison. Brolin was cast during post-production though, so hopefully the makeup might happen in the future.

      • JudgeMethos

        A Legend movie reference just made my day. Classic movie. I haven’t seen a better satan-esque bad guy in make up that real sine Legend. Darkness/Tim Curry does not get enough credit for his acting ability. Great movie!

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  • mmmGadgets

    No Adam, you hit the jump.


  • JohnClark_R6

    I thought Loki’s Scepter was using energy from the Tesseract?

    • JudgeMethos

      It does. I think the author flubbed or wasn’t paying attention. It’s explained in the movie that his sceptor got its power from the Tesseract.

    • Matt

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought this! I’m a huge Marvel movie fan and for a second I thought I had completely missed out on something!

  • Lex Walker

    Do we still believe that the scepter and the Tesseract are both infinity stones? I thought the scepter was an off-shoot of the Tesseract, and I thought them making the two items the same color was them trying realllllly hard to spell that out and eliminate confusion.

    • JohnClark_R6

      Exactly. Lot’s of time to intro the rest.

      • Lex Walker

        Yeah, seriously, we have an entire next phase to intro them (and we might even find one in Avengers 2). So much time.

    • robert

      The scepter has the mind gem.

      • Lex Walker

        Pretty sure the scepter is powered by the Tesseract and not the mind gem – at least that’s how it was explained in the movie.

      • Robert

        Sources have confirmed its the space gem.

      • Lex Walker


      • Robert
      • Lex Walker

        That source of yours says the Tesseract is a gem. It says nothing of what’s powering the scepter. So…you’re agreeing with me argumentatively? You’ve offered no source for the scepter being powered by the mind gem.

      • Robert

        No your right its never mentioned what powered it but it couldnt be powered by the tesseract. The sceptor was given to loki prior to him obtaining it. The ability to turn people over is characteristics of the mind gem.

      • Lex Walker

        I agree it could be a gem, but it doesn’t take much of an explanation that the Tesseract and Thanos have been around for millenia, hence it’s not out of the question that it was once in Thanos’s control before Odin or whoever took it and hid it from him on Earth (where we first see it). It’s a pretty safe bet we’re going to get a hefty bit of exposition over who Thanos is in either Avengers 3 or some Phase 3 movie before then, so there’s plenty of opportunity for them to show him extracting power from the Tesseract for the scepter. But yeah, could be the mind gem, or any gem, but if Thanos is trying to collect all of them, why would he give it away to Loki? Seems like bad planning and arguably overkill. Does Thanos really think a super powered stone is needed to conquer Earth? Big risk, little to no reward. Also, they could have easily made it a different color, but they made a point of having it be the same color as the Tesseract. Just sayin.

      • Robert

        What if the color dont matter and the intention is to just transfer the power to each gem in the gauntlet? Its safe to say he has the gauntlet after dark world ending. Maybe he was using Loki to the Tesseract, who knows.

      • Robert

        The blue mind gem gives the owner psionic powers like telepathy and
        telekinesis or can augment the preexisting mental powers of its user. The sceptor probably has a fragment of the Tesseract power but not in entirely. Two scenes that stand out is the avengers on the ship argueing with the sceptor nearby and the other is Baron von using it to create Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

  • SomeGuy

    The set-up reminds me of Darth Sidious. Me likey.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Definitely getting an Emperor Palpatine vibe from the hologram stuff.

  • Dmula

    All of these movies are setting up the infinity gauntlet story line for avengers 3

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  • Josh B

    I thought it was confirmed that the Tesseract wasn’t an Infinity Stone? The tesseract was it’s own weapon in the Infinity Gauntlet comics and in the movies it was said that the Tesseract is what powers Lokis Scepter and also powered Hydra weapons in Captain America. Which means the Tesseract is the Power source of the stone in Lokis Scepter just like the stone is part of the Power source for the Gauntlet. The only stones we have actually seen was the Mind Stone in Loki’s Scepter (Due to mind control over the host after touching them) and The Power Stone (The Aether in Thor 2 because it gave people extraordinary power)

    • Robert

      Tesseract is the space gem. Loki sceptor mind gem. Aether power. Reality be in guardians.

    • James

      I didn’t think it originally was, but at the end of Thor 2, the Collector asks the Asgardians why they are giving him the Aether. They respond that the Tesseract is locked up in Asgard, and it’s not a good idea to keep two of the Infinity Stones in the same place. That pretty much confirmed the Tesseract is one.

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