Published On: Sat, Apr 12th, 2014

Thanos confirmed for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and tied to ‘Avengers 3’

Guardians of the Galaxy is the next film from Marvel Studios and fans now get some confirmation of the ties to Thanos and how the ending of Avengers teased future films.

Thanos Avengers photo/banner

Thanos Avengers photo/banner

While speaking with EW, Director James Gunn confirmed that Thanos will indeed appear in Guardians of the Galaxy via motion-capture, describing him as the “head of the snake.”

Avengers Director Joss Whedon settled on Ultron as the antagonist for that film, but it sure is sounding like Guardians will set Thanos up as the major connective tissue between the Guardians of the Galaxy characters and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Gunn teased which MCU film Guardians connects to: “[Guardians of the Galaxy] is definitely connected to Avengers 3.”

Fans have observed that hints of the “Infinity Stones” in the tesseract and the aether from Thor: The Dark World all foreshadow the famous Infinity Gauntlet tale where Thanos acquires these stones and nearly brings down the entire Marvel Universe.

During his interview with EW, Gunn discussed the origins of the film’s characters and their connection to Thanos explaining that “[Star-Lord] was abducted from Earth (Missouri) at age 8 and raised in a group of thieves and smuggles called the Ravagers. He’s good with the ladies and a little bit of a dick and very lucky. Thanos slaughtered [Gamora’s] family and Nebula’s, then raised them together as siblings. They were bio engineered to become living weapons, so he’s really good at killing people.”

New Guardians images below, courtesy Gunn’s Twitter.

The film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, David Bautista, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Serafinowicz, Glenn Close, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.

Guardians of the Galaxy opens theaters on August 1st.

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