Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Thanos' Role in Guardians of the Galaxy Explained

Last week it was announced that Josh Brolin would be voicing the Mad Titan. Now, thanks to the guys at Vulture, we know just how much we'll see of Thanos when Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1st.

While we've known for some time now that Thanos would be behind the events of Guardians of the Galaxy and that he would get more screen time than the very brief cameo he had in The Avengers, the depth of Thanos' role has been shrouded in secrecy. According to Vulture, we won't have to wait long to see Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy. Their report explains that Thanos will appear in the film's first act but that the majority of his appearances in the film will be via hologram, though we will see him in one scene that he shares with Ronan and Nebula, who will be his minions in the film. So, while we will be getting more Thanos, he's certainly still being kept a bit of a mystery that's being gradually revealed.

Comic fans will know that Thanos' true goal is to assemble all the Infinity Stones, making him unto a god. We've seen at least two of these stones in the MCU already (the Tesseract and the Aether,, with the gem in Loki's scepter possibly being a third) and another one will be the MacGuffin of Guardians of the Galaxy. While most of us thought we had it all figured out, Vulture's reveal about the nature of the orb-like Infinity Stone in Guardians of the Galaxy, makes things a little less clear. According to their info, the orb we see Peter Quill retrieving in the trailers will be the Power Stone. Most fans had previously believed the Aether to be the Power Stone but, according to Vulture, Benicio Del Toro's Collector refers to the orb as the Power Stone in the film. Just what was the Aether then? Vulture speculates that it could have been the Reality Stone and that is about the only one that makes sense given what we saw it do. It's possible that while Malekith desired the Aether, he wasn't truly aware of what it could do and used it simply to grant his wishes.