Lee Pace is Unknown Villain in Marvel's 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

April 23, 2013
Source: The Wrap

Lee Pace

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.

Recently, THR learned that Ophelia Lovibond had landed a role as an aide to a character known as The Collector. The Marvel expert over at ScreenRant explains:

"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.

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Yet another hardly know needs more star power.

Brian Sleider on Apr 23, 2013


I agree to some point yes but there is still time to make such an announcement

Armand Rock on Apr 23, 2013


I rather have awesome nobody knows actor vs big name waste of time

Brandon V. Fletcher on Apr 23, 2013


Iron Man would have stopped at film one if not for the SUPREME choice of Downy Jr. He A. sold tickets and made the movie more legitimate and B. brought MAJOR acting chops to the movie. GotG is not main stream material, they want to sell it to the main stream they NEED name recognition to put asses in seats. As I have said from the announcement, I will most likely enjoy the movie, but hey I am a nerd. But they will need more than nerds to make this movie more successful than even the First Hulk or Iron Man.

Brian Sleider on Apr 23, 2013


Marvel is a big enough name to carry films on their own now. In the same way Daniel Craig becoming Bond didn't hurt the franchise

superpull on Apr 24, 2013


I am not sure I agree, but We will see. I know I will go see it! 😀

Brian Sleider on Apr 24, 2013


It could go both ways with big names. Daredevil was horrible and look at the cast. I believe, we nerds, spreading the phase 2 gospel will reach the masses by the time the movie releases and not to mention Marvel's way of giving the audience a sneak peek at the end of their films.

mooreworthy on Apr 24, 2013


Lets be fair Affleck is an AWFUL actor though. And the writing was god awful. I fully expect the writing in GotG to be good and most of the actors, though lesser known, have some acting chops. Its the mass appeal that I feel the subject matter lacks. ,People will say Marvel alone will sell the movie and that may be true but will it sell it enough that we get to go back to it for sequels? We do not need another Hulk. Yes that movie had big names, yes it was billed well. I am not really sure what happened with it..too much B.Banner time I think.

Brian Sleider on Apr 24, 2013


No one wants to see puny Banner no matter how much depth the actors attempts to portray. People want to see two hours of Hulk smash. Planet Hulk would be epic followed by world war Hulk.

mooreworthy on Apr 24, 2013


Agreed, Banner is a whiny baby. WHHAAAAA I turn into a near indestructible rage monster PITY ME!!!!

Brian Sleider on Apr 24, 2013


Yes because there has never been a successful movie with un or little knowns, and no movie loaded with stars ever flopped...

Chris McDermid on Apr 23, 2013


I did not say that, read my response to Brandon for my reasoning.

Brian Sleider on Apr 23, 2013


I think more star-power = higher budget and that creates a harder to profit movie and puts sequels into jeopardy as a higher end actor is going to demand alot of money on a sequel, and with this beginning as an ensemble of characters it might be better to being in b-listers for this one. Im more excited for GOTG than Avengers 2 tbh

AlaskanBlue on May 2, 2013


Lee Pace is one exceptional talent and a rising star.

Freddie on Apr 23, 2013


i cant remember if I met mr Starlin before or after James Gunn was on board last year...(If i remember correctly the comic can was back in October and i'm too lazy to check when mr Gunn was announced).so its hard to say how much the story that was in place could have changed. My guess however is the idea was only to have Thanos appear briefly in Guardians otherwise he would have to be the main villain. This is only speculation on my part however as I never asked how much Thanos would appear in either Guardians or Avengers 2. My guess though is mr Starlin would have never been able to tell me for contractual reasons.

Armand Rock on Apr 23, 2013


The Collector will proly be main "villian".

Brian Sleider on Apr 23, 2013


would suggest Thanos will be a 'manipulator' for quite a few more movies before his 'big reveal'. Build up heat and then hope for a pop to use wrestling parlance. I sort of hope we dont get direct interaction with Thanos in Avengers 2 and they use th entire stage 3 to resolve it.

superpull on Apr 24, 2013


Agreed Stage 3 spanning 3-5 films all with massive action !!!!

Brian Sleider on May 2, 2013


So King Thranduil himself joining Marvel? Hell ya, why not?

LosZombies on Apr 24, 2013


I don't get it, if The Collector saves artifacts from dying planets and it's his hobby to protect the universe then how is he a villain?

Matt Peloquin on Apr 24, 2013


Because he tends to try and collect heroes from earth and keep them in his zoo/museum.

superpull on Apr 24, 2013


Ohhh, well that just sounds awesome then.

Matt Peloquin on Apr 24, 2013


Let it be Korvac, that would push it over the top

Stephen Finch on Apr 24, 2013


Awesome can't wait till Pace becomes a big name.

si1ver on Apr 24, 2013


YESSS I need more Lee Pace in my life so badly!!! Also your first sentence has a dangling modifier or whatever they're called.

laura on May 3, 2013


If you go to IMDB Lee Pace is credited to be Basil Sandhurst, The Controller, not the collecter like speculated by many.

spacejunky on May 6, 2013


Pace as Ronan the Accuser? Great actor but I just don't see it. Seems more like a Captain Marvel type to me. They're going to have to completely overhaul who Ronan is to fit Pace. It would take a year of rigorous weightlifting to pump him up anywhere near Ronan's level.

CHRUKA on Jul 8, 2013

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