In 2012, when the credits rolled on Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, the film going world scratched their collective heads and asked, “Who the hell was that big scary dude out in space?” Fans of the comics were well aware that we were looking at Thanos, something everyone else soon figured out as well. Since then we’ve learned that the Mad Titan, as he is also known, is going to play a big part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward. That role is going to start in earnest when the comic book studio drops James Gunn’s adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy later this summer, and we’re learning just how big a part he will play in that movie.
We knew that Thanos would be in the film, and played by a different actor than the one at the end of The Avengers. In fact, with less than two months until Guardians hits theaters, Josh Brolin was just cast in the role, which is fantastic news, because Brolin is incredible. He won’t be the key villain this time out, more of an overarching enemy over the course of multiple movies. He has touched the lives of many of the Guardians team, most notably Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista), as well as some of the film’s antagonists, especially Karen Gillan’s Nebula.