Director James Gunn Clarifies Thanos Role in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
by Ethan Anderton
November 6, 2013
Tomorrow, Thor: The Dark World arrives in theaters everywhere with some early evening showings. For fans eager to catch a glimpse of the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, stick around during the credits because there are two bumpers, one that adds to the movie you just saw, and another that teases the cosmic superhero ensemble. Some people have said the tease for Guardians of the Galaxy feels odd because of the tone, mainly because it follows quite an epic and serious ending in the film. Anyway, James Gunn directed the bumper, and that's just a little bit of what he talked about at the premiere of the Marvel sequel.
Speaking about the bumper on Thor: The Dark World with CraveOnline, "I got a script [the morning of shooting], and we did it in two hours at the end of a second unit day. It fits into our overall story of what's going on. I had talked to Kevin about it and we decided the basics of what was going on. It was really late that we decided to put it on the movie. I mean really late. It wasn't that long ago we shot it." But what people want to know is how will the cosmic villain Thanos, teased at the end of The Avengers, tie into Guardians of the Galaxy. After all, Zoe Saldana's character Gamora is the adopted daughter of the villain.
Well, Kevin Feige has already confirmed that Thanos is in both Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, it sounds like his role in the former is anther puppeteer sort of villain role. Gunn says, "Thanos is a character in our movie. He's the main sort of antagonist...in my movie Ronan works for Thanos, and Ronan is the main bad guy in our film." We're betting that Thanos has some kind of involvement in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but considering the title, he's likely not the main bad guy there either. A lead-up to the infamous Infinity Gauntlet storyline in Phase Three sounds more and more likely.