‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Connects With ‘The Avengers 3′ – Is Thanos Coming To Earth?

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A key figure in developing several characters in the cosmic side of the Marvel Comics universe, writer and artist Jim Starlin’s works are quickly becoming a prominent part of the films as well. By the time The Avengers hit theaters in summer 2012, we had already seen a few of his creations at play – from the Infinity Gauntlet shown briefly in Thor, hidden away in Odin’s Vault on Asgard, to the grinning Thanos in the mid-credits button of The Avengers. ‘It’s all connected’ as the marketing slogan for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would remind us.

Later this year, we’re going to meet at least several more of Starlin’s characters in Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that will finally offer a little background on big bad Thanos and give moviegoers a reason to be keeping him in mind for future films. Starlin had mentioned last year at Montreal Comic-Con that Thanos was going to be coming back in not only Guardians of the Galaxy but The Avengers sequel as well, adding credence to theories that after we meet Star-Lord, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Groot, and Rocket Raccooon this August, they may make their way to Earth to meet the heroes we’re already familiar with. Why else would the cosmic heroes and villains be introduced this year, right?

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While the release schedule of the Phase 2 films may suggest something to that end occurring, we already know Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron is dealing with another new villain named Ultron (and his robotic army) instead. We don’t know what new origin story Joss Whedon has come up with for Ultron (in the comics, Hank Pym aka Ant-Man created him), but for now we’re going to assume it’s Earth-based. Come time for The Avengers 3 however, and the Guardians of the Galaxy and the larger cosmos will definitely be involved.

So says GOTG writer and director James Gunn in an interview with EW.

“We’re definitely connected to Avengers 3.”

As for how? Look towards the Mad Titan we know as Thanos coming to Earth as the most likely reason. The character’s been kept behind-the-scenes out in space throughout the events on Asgard and Earth we’ve seen take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, but we will see him again in Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Thanos Concept Art – The Avengers

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Thanos Helmet – The Avengers

No voice actor has been cast yet to bring Thanos to life, or at least announced, but Gunn confirms that Thanos will be motion-captured and animated, just like Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel). Gunn describes Thanos’ role in the villain hierarchy as the the “head of the snake.” Expect Thanos to play a key role in Guardians of the Galaxy despite having what we expect to be minimal screentime as his henchman Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) steps up as the primary antagonist of the film.

Warning: Don’t read on if you’ve not seen Thor: The Dark World

Ronan, alongside Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), all share history with Thanos, as revealed in the official Guardians of the Galaxy prequel comic. Ronan was a mentor of sorts to the pair of lethal ladies, who are seemingly bio-engineered super assassins. For some reason, Thanos punishes them harshly (we won’t spoil how) and it caused Gamora to leave Thanos’ side. The mission for Thanos and his followers, in large part, has to do with tracking down and acquiring the orb we saw in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer and on display at Comic-Con (Thanos has been after it for years). That orb, as we suspect, might be one of the mighty Infinity Stones – much like the Tesseract (Cosmic Cube) and Aether are as we learned in the mid-credits button of Thor: The Dark World.

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Infinity Gauntlet featured in ‘Thor’

Come time for The Avengers 3, which debuts after a series of Phase 3 films we know little of (outside of the already-confirmed Ant-Man and Captain America 3), Thanos might be headed to Earth to collect some of the missing stones yet to be introduced and begin piecing together the Infinity Gauntlet – an artifact that when fused with the six gems gives him godlike power over the universe. That’s something Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige teased when we spoke with him about Thor 2. All along, Feige has been teasing Thanos as a long-term villain, and part of the Phase 3 buildup.

We don’t know if this is confirmation that the Guardians of the Galaxy will show up on Earth in The Avengers 3 or if the events in that film lay the foundation for whatever happens in the third Avengers, but Marvel always plans ahead and always uses their other mediums to highlight characters and stories from the films before they release. We see it in the books all the time, with Thanos getting a lot of attention recently, much like Guardians of the Galaxy got relaunched and put in the spotlight around the announcement of the movie. And wouldn’t you know it, the Guardians just met The Avengers in the animated series Avengers Assemble for the first time:

Will Guardians of the Galaxy get a sequel in Phase 3 before The Avengers 3 ends that chapter of the MCU? Or will it launch spinoffs as Disney CEO Bog Iger suggests could happen should GOTG prove a success at the box office? Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) wasn’t kidding when she said at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that we’re going to need heroes.

“Because you need us. Yes, the world is a vunerable place, and yes, we all make it that way. But we’re also the ones best qualified to defend it. So if you want to arrest me, arrest me. You know where to find me.”


More: Marvel Plans Ahead All The Way To 2028


Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now in theaters, Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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    • Apocalypse is owned by Fox.

      • and KANG is owned by marvel…

        just saying fox is heavily invested here and slippery…they could add immortus to their movie by paying for his screen fee. kang hasn’t been heard from in a long while..

  1. I have a feeling that Rhomann Dey isn’t just thrown in just by chance. I feel like he’ll be making his way to Earth in Avengers 3, along with Thanos.

    In the MCU Assembling a Universe documentary, the first comic they showed after saying they had endless amount of source material to choose from was the very first Nova issue. I’m taking that as a huge hint.

    • Richard RIDERRRRRR

      • Hell yeah!! I have my fingers crossed that he’ll be the hero introduced in Avengers 3 just like how Quicksliver and Scarlet Witch are being introduced in Avengers 2. It’ll be a great way to market Richard Rider.

      • Are trying to give us a HINT 😉

  2. This movie looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m praying that this movie does good at the box office. I’ve heard a lot of people saying it looks stupid, I just hope that people give it a chance.I love that marvel is taking a chance on this lesser known project. It looks awesome, and I really want this movie to do good. I can’t wait to see it.

  3. OMG i can’t wait 4 dis all 2 happen i’m pretty sure that thor 3 will lead us into avengers 3 tying all of this together think about it ironman 4 avengers 1 captain 4 avengers 2 so thor got 2 be the 1 that bring the guardians to earth 4 one huge showdown against thanos for the faith of earth n the universe.

    • when discussing these sequels, you may want to use words instead of numbers. i.e. for, not 4. makes it easier to tell what you’re talking about

      • for lol

  4. I think the announcement of a Guardians film pretty much confirmed this. Why not have an all out war against a Infinity Gauntlet Thanos on home court for Avengers 3?

  5. Will Loki give Thanos the gauntlet. Or will Thanos invade Asgard to get it

  6. for avengers 3 they need to cast stan lee as Uatu the Watcher since he is in every marvel movie

  7. But what will happen with the Civil War storyline? I thought they were going to do that for Avengers 3. Chris Evans’s contract ends with Avengers 3 and he dies in Civil War. Bucky is likely to take over the role as Cap. RDJ’s contract ends with that film (maybe they’ll recast Iron Man) and i thought Avengers 3 was the right one for this…
    It would be nice if they can “borrow” Spidey for this film. Webb has said he won’t direct TASM4, they’ll do a Venom and Sinister Six film before that and both Webb and Garfield are interested in seeing Spidey appear with Avengers. I think Avengers 3 will be released in May 2018 and so will TASM4. Webb has even said that the title won’t be The Amazing Spider-Man 4… It would be perfect for Spidey to join the Avengers.

    What do you think?

    • I also thought Thanos would be the last Villain in MCU. Feige has said that Civil War may be right for Avengers 3…
      I really want this to happen and I don’t want Thanos for that fllm since the MCU will continue until 2028.

    • Spiderman could only ever be in the Avengers if the rights reverted to Marvel. Even if Sony agreed to lend Spiderman over it wouldn’t make sense. All the background that The Amazing Spiderman universe has couldn’t just fit into the Avengers timeline. Spiderman would have been called on long before Avengers 3 by S.H.I.E.L.D. And Spiderman would have surely helped in the first avengers film considering it was the battle of NYC, spideys home turf.. So the only possible way to see Spiderman within the Avengers universe would be for the rights to revert back and for Marvel to reboot him… But totally agree about the Civil War storyline!

      • Yeah I know it probably won’t be so but it would be nice.
        Maybe Thanos is starting some civil war in Avengers 3, and then he comes back for the last film… I don’t think all the infinity stones will be collected until Avengers 3 so Thanos should return for the final with the Infinity Gauntlet.

      • I think if Spiderman did join the Avengers, no one would care since they would be too happy. I wouldnt’ care if current Spider Man’s universe doesn’t fit into current Avegners universe. Who gives a s***. Spidey in the Avengers.

        • Not without Wolverine.

          • @bfg666
            Why not without Wolverine? Is he really that critical to the Civil war story?

            • No, but Spidey & Wolvie’s love/hate dynamic is great and if one makes it to the roster, I want the other one too.

              • That’s fair, it is a great character dynamic and its unfortunate that we are unlikely to see it in films with the rights the way they are

                I’m of the view that while having those 2 and Mr Fantastic would be great in order to do the story properly, Marvel could go ahead with their own version of Civil War without requiring those characters present and still probably do the story justice, Marvel just needs to have a lot more of their characters introduced before doing it though, as it is not really a story that you want to be introducing new heroes

                • Well, you never know… I’ve read a news earlier that TASM2’s ending credits will be followed by a teaser for X:DoFP, so apparently Fox and Sony have come to some sort of agreement. Hopefully they can work something out with Marvel. They know all too well that the fans are rooting for it and should it happen, it would be to the benefit of the 3 studios. They could make a huge movie on an unprecedented scale while investing only a third of the cost each, and Civil War would be the perfect story for it. This way Marvel wouldn’t have to introduce that many heroes, so it could happen relatively soon, possibly after Phase 3.

                  There’s another possibility of seeing the pair together: TV. Since Marvel retains all of the TV rights, we could see it happen on the small screen.

          • Well I give a s*** and you should check your grammar.

        • Well I give a s*** and you should check your grammar.

  8. Will you people chill out with this Civil War stuff! I’m sure it’ll eventually happen but this is about GotG and Avengers 3. Civil War doesn’t really make sense right now anyway, it seems too early still IMO. I think more characters should be introduced first.

    • The thing is I want Thanos to be in the last movies because he’s the greatest villain.

      • The thing is, with an ongoing shared universe, there’s no such thing as a last movie…

        • The MCU HAS to end, though, or else people will lose interest and the entire venture will go out with a fizzle. There NEEDS to be a beginning and an end in mind for the MCU for it to be a historic success in the context of cinema, so I hope they don’t just keep it going by introducing villain after villain. That’s fine for the comics, but not good for movies.

          • As long as they keep it fresh and exciting, I don’t see why people would lose interest.

    • Ive been one pushing for a civil war movie also but I just saw winter soldier and It won’t work.
      The big thing about it was that captain america didn’t want to reveal his identity but seeing that he has a whole exhibit dedicated to him in the smithsonian he can’t exactly stand on the side of “We don’t want to reveal who we are” then Reveal himself and get sniped coming out of court. But I’m sure they will twist it all over the place somehow.

      • His identity being public doesn’t mean he can’t fight on the side of freedom. It’s a moral issue, not a factual one. Also, it’s been a while since I’ve read Civil War and I don’t read Captain America comics so I’m not sure but wasn’t his identity already public back then?

        • Yes, everyone already knew his identity. He was fighting against forced registration mostly.

  9. i was reading an Avengers comic yesterday, i think they will introduce SWORD in Avengers 3, because they deal with the extraterrestrial matters.

  10. “is he coming to Earth?” What is that, a stupid headline? After the end of Avengers it became apparent that Earth will be his target. You don’t see Thanos smile for nothing. Lady death is there and he’s going to get there one way or another.

    • LOLs. So stupid, right?

  11. Ron Pearlman should voice Thanos.

    • Ummm, no. That would rob us of the chance of seeing him in a Marvel movie.

  12. Thanos will be the vilain of the avengers 3 and we will see mentor,starfox,richard rider uatu, the watched in the avengers 3 as well as well the guardians of the galaxy as well and thanos is coming to asard , and coming to take over the earth and the entire univers as well .

  13. Ahh…Okay. If Thanos appear as the main villain throughout Avengers 3, Who should be the villain for Avengers 4-6, since MCU will continue until 2028?
    I think Thanos would be perfect to start the civil war. In 2018 there will be enough characters in the MCU, since the Netflix mini-series will be done.
    Then, for Avengers 4 and maybe 5, Civil War should take place. If Sony sells Spidey to MCU, that would be great. But it doesn’t need to happen.
    For Avengers 6, and maybe 5 if Civil War take place in one film, Thanos should return. He would be the last, greatest villain and it would be the greatest war in MCU. At the time, MCU will consist of a myriad of characters. Too, it’ll be a good end for MCU.
    Do you agree?

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if Thanos is still around after The Avengers 3

  14. I really thought that Avengers 3 would be the end for Avengers series back then and that Thanos would set the finale. Guess I am wrong. And also, is it official that they ARE going to do Civil War story? Cause that would be amazing! But one thing, Marvel movies are now Disney and the Civil War story was very, very dark. I hope they don’t try to make it lighter-toned.

    • Don’t know about any official statement but it’s a story too big and universally praised for them not to tap into it. Also, everything is in place since the very beginning: the SRA was mentioned in the first Iron Man and in Cap 2, Rogers showed he’s willing to go under the radar in the name of justice and freedom. Now with the government probably taking over SHIELD activities, the road is paved…

  15. yep. i see the mcu headed towards a story with an World International Government being set up to control issues of espionage and worlds superheroes instead of making it just the U.S. like in the comics.

    That would really bring in characters like Black Panther who isn’t part of the U.S. obviously.

    Ultron and his robots may be the answer to a worldwide policing entity which may split up hero’s into factions.

    Civil War is beginning!

  16. Timothy Dalton is THANOS!

  17. Josh Brolin was hired to voice Thanos so that’s been decided.

  18. Inb4 there’s a movie with all of them called Avengers of the Galaxy.

  19. What I do not get is that they showthe Infinity Gauntlet in Thor with the gems already in it. So why was the Aether Gem and the Power Gem in Gaurdians of the Galaxy by themselves. Plus the Gaunlet was basically Thanos’s creation in which he attached the Infinty Gems to, so why would it be in Asgaurd. It seems out of place in any sense of a time line. They basically just added it to hint toward future movies and did not think about consistency.

    Anyways that is just me nitpicking. :) The Gauntlet looks sweet though. Having movies based around it seems like a good direction. A good way to get a lot of characters introduced.

    I will say this though. The end of credits teaser in Gaurdian of the Galaxy was a bit rediculous. I won’t give it away but will say that they could have done better and made it part of the Phase 3 set of movies. They really missed out on a good opertunity there.

    • My guess is the coloured stones are already in the gauntlet, and thanos kind of like absorbs each power into a patricular stone. I might be wrong, but considering each stone/gem is a different shape ie a cube, orb, Staff, smokey stubstance. It sounds very plausible.

    • The common theory is that Thanos will use the stones to power the gems. Also, we don’t know the Gauntlet’s backstory yet. Maybe it was indeed created by Thanos but retrieved by an Asgardian who fought him in the past, hence why it would be in Odin’s vault (and incidentally why he staged the attack of the Frost Giants in Thor 1).