‘We Have Thanos’: Villain Confirmed For Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: The cast and crew of "Guardians of the Galaxy" speak onstage at Marvel Studios "Guardians of the Galaxy" during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The press conference for next summer's Marvel movie "Guardians of the Galaxy" didn't have much in the way of really juicy news, but at least we now know for sure who the bad guy is going to be.
"We have Thanos," said director James Gunn when asked how "Guardians" fits in with the rest of the ever-growing Marvel universe, without any of the hesitation or sense of secrecy that usually comes with anyone in authority answering a Marvel-related question. "Our movie exists because of a three-second shot at the end of 'The Avengers,'" he added.
Gunn is referring, of course, to the scary-looking alien dude that cracked a cruel smile in the penultimate sequence of last summer's superhero mashup. The Avengers themselves, though, upstaged the big baddie's appearance by taking a much-needed shawarma break after the credits had rolled.
Since it was announced to be in production, "Guardians of the Galaxy" has been the subject of much speculation as a more obscure Marvel title being given the same kind of big-budget treatment as "sure things" such as "Iron Man" and "Captain America." The cast of "Guardians," however, said that the film's unique characters and premise are exactly what's going to make it exciting for audiences, whether they've been initiated or not.
"It's the 'Anti-Hero Hero Movie,'" said Zoe Saldana, getting her warrior woman on again in the role of the green-skinned Gamora. "These are thieves, rebels, assassins who come together to fight something actually much worse than them. And there's actually a lot of comedy — the levity will be abundant."
Director James Gunn is known for bringing mischievous humor to fantastical material, as he did with the gruesome horror comedy "Slither" and the decidedly more low-budget (and realistic) superhero movie, "Super." But it's not just laughs and goofs with "Guardians of the Galaxy."