Lee Pace is Unknown Villain in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
After being listed as one of the potential talents to play Peter Quill, the astronaut who becomes the guardian known as Star-Lord, The Wrap reports "Pushing Daisies" and The Hobbit trilogy star Lee Pace has landed a different role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Christ Pratt landed the role of Star-Lord and since the he's been joined by Zoe Saldana as Gamora and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. And now these heroes (who are still waiting for cast members to fill the roles of Groot and Rocket Raccoon) will face Pace as the film's villain, though at this point, it's not clear what character he will be playing in the Marvel film. More below!
We've been thinking that the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy will be Thanos, the menacing face who appeared in the credits scene after The Avengers. After all, Marvel comics creator and rights holder Jim Starlin revealed that Marvel Studios had commissioned the character for both The Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, so it only makes sense. However, if Marvel isn't revealing who Pace is playing, maybe there's another villain in play? At the very least, we're pretty sure Thanos is at least one of the villains if some recent casting is any indicator.
"The Collector is a rather important being in the Marvel Comics universe, and one of the oldest. His real name is Taneleer Tivan and he’s the last surviving member of his species, one of the first intelligent races formed after the creation of the universe. That fact made him worthy enough to be granted immortality from “Death” – the character for which Thanos (see: The Avengers) aims to serve and impress.
Tivan/The Collector has a limited ability to see the future, specifically the ability to see threats that can destroy the galaxy before they occur. His hobby, a purpose he gave himself billions of years ago to keep sane, is therefore to protect the universe in his own odd way and he has the name “The Collector” because he literally collects special artifacts and beings from around the universe and houses them in museums (large ships and planets) with the goal of re-seeding the universe and sharing his knowledge should it be annihilated."
It stands to reason that this character could be considered a villain, and Pace just might be playing the character that Lovibond ends up aiding. It's theorized that Lovibond would play The Collector's daughter Carina Walters. Either way, the cast for Guardians of the Galaxy is quite an eclectic mix of talent, and it's easily going to be the most out of this world and risky move Marvel has made yet. Average audiences barely know who these characters are, so we hope the set up for the 2014 release gets audiences interested enough to check it out when the time comes. Stay tuned for more updates.