Guardians of the Galaxy is just under a year away, and Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige is beginning to pull back the curtain as to what movie-goers can expect: and behind that curtain is Thanos.
“Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) is very much the bad guy. And Thanos is lurking above it all,” Feige said in an interview with Empire’s Ali Plumb. “You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn-around-and-smirk. You’ll get much more than that.”
Later on in the Empire interview, Feige went on to describe each member of the team itself – confirming that Zoe Saldana’s Gamora will start the movie as a villain before joining the team. In describing her position, he also further solidified just how Thanos’ presence will be felt in the movie.
“When we meet Gamora (Zoe Saldana), she’s a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Korath (Djimon Hounsou), and by extension for Thanos,” Feige explained.
The “turn-around-and-smirk” is in reference to Thanos’ fleeting but seismic appearance in the post-credits scene of last year’s Marvel’s The Avengers, which left fans wondering if and how Marvel”s Mad Titan would show up next. Some though Thanos would be the central villain in the next Avengers movie, but with the announcement this summer of the title Avengers: Age of Ultron it pushed the Thanos speculation out elsewhere – and as it turns out, here.
In geek-speak terms, it appears Thanos’ role may be similar to the Emperor’s in the original Star Wars trilogy – playing small but pivotal roles in two films before becoming a more substantial part of the movie verse for a later film. Using that analogy, Marvel’s The Avengers would be A New Hope, making Guardians of the Galaxy The Empire Strikes Back.