New Details on Thanos’ Appearance in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

By June 3, 2014

When Josh Brolin was cast as Thanos last week, I speculated that there’d be two scenarios for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: either Marvel had already cast someone to perform the motion capture work in the movie and would just be utilizing Brolin’s voice, or Thanos would “be more of an off-screen threat, mentioned a few times and perhaps having a couple of very small scenes, but certainly not a big player in the movie.” Now, thanks to a new report from Vulture, it seems that the latter option is the correct one.

New details indicate that Brolin’s Thanos will be an Emperor Palpatine type, showing up as a hologram in the first act of Guardians of the Galaxy and mostly pulling the strings from off camera. That being said, “his presence is palpable throughout” the movie with characters referencing him left and right, and he will have at least one scene in which he “finally shows up in the purple flesh for a scene that also features Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan),” so he won’t be confined to a hologram for the entire film. It still isn’t clear to me whether Brolin will be providing his own motion capture work, because I assume the film is done shooting at this point since it’s set to be released less than two months from now.

Do you think Marvel is being wise to save Thanos’ big appearances until the third Avengers film, or would you have rather seen him go all-out in Guardians of the Galaxy? Let us know below.

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  • SDF River

    Marvel is wise to wait until Avengers 3. For the hardcore fans, it’s a agonizing wait, but we all know that Thanos cannot be contained in only one, or even two, films. His power is vast, especially with the Infinity Gauntlet. Not only with the Avengers have to take him on, but I feel many heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be included in the fight to stop the Mad Titan.