Guardians of the Galaxy: The Collector, Ronan The Accuser & Nebula Roles Confirmed?

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Marvel Studios takes to the stage of the biggest hall of the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con International 2013 in less than two weeks where they will showcase Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, not unlike they did three years ago in a combined presentation for their respective origin stories.

With filming now underway in London where the Thor sequel previously shot, Guardians of the Galaxy has most of its cast locked down and it’s a safe bet they’ll have at least a small part to play in Marvel’s film showcase as well to clarify many of the rumors and unanswered questions, some of which we may already have answers to.

Chris Pratt is the new lead for Marvel’s next hopeful success story and launch of a franchise, but fans who know him from Parks and Recreation may have had trouble picturing him as a superhero. As we demonstrated six months ago when he was first cast as Peter Quill, Pratt showed off his ripped physique for Zero Dark Thirty with a self-portrait. Pratt shared the following (very similar) image yesterday on his Instagram account and Twitter, showing that he’s leaned down even more and changed his hair color/style to match the current incarnation of the character known as Star-Lord from Marvel Comics.

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As for some of the non-human roles we’ve heard rumors about for several months, Den of Geek learned from a source who Benicio del Toro, Lee Pace and Karen Gillan are all playing. Below are the unofficially confirmed roles for the three along with my descriptions of each from previous Screen Rant articles on the characters.


Benicio del Toro as The Collector

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The Collector is a rather important being in the Marvel Comics universe, and one of the oldest. His real name is Taneleer Tivan and he’s the last surviving member of his species, one of the first intelligent races formed after the creation of the universe. That fact made him worthy enough to be granted immortality from “Death” – the character for which Thanos (see: The Avengers) aims to serve and impress. More on The Collector and his family here.


Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser

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Ronan is a key member of the Kree, one of the alien races rumored years ago to potentially be a part of the story of The Avengers. The Kree are enemies of the Skrulls, and Ronan is a super powerful judge, jury and executioner type figure who began as a villain but turned out to be a hero of his people. More on Ronan and the Kree here.


Karen Gillan as Nebula

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We speculated that Gillan could be playing Death but the latest news indicates she’s playing Nebula, a villainous space pirate who used her fleet to attack various alien civilizations and The Avengers. The Luphomoid has plenty of history with Thanos and The Infinity Gauntlet which will undoubtedly factor into the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


That leaves several key roles still unannounced. Who is playing Thanos and is he the reason Marvel is chatting with Vin Diesel? Who is voicing Rocket Raccoon and Groot? Is Richard Rider’s Nova going to be introduced since Nova Corps will be a part of the film?


Iron Man 3 is currently in theaters, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Now confirmed:
    Rocky the Flying Squirrel as Rocket racoon!
    A Chia-Pet as the Tree-man!

    • Your comment was bad and you should feel bad.

      • She’s been eating too much cold porridge!

      • I concur

    • It’s a shame you made the first comment. This movie will be epic, and should set up not only the Avengers 2, but Phase 3 as well.

      • Lol I know right, out off all the people to post 1st in this thread.

    • Did everyone lose their sense of humor? The comment was epic.

      • I was just gonna ask “A/S/L?” but you beat me to it…

      • Whoa! Tbh, I thought you were a 30 year old chick, Goldilocks.

  2. this movie is such a beast , it´s got stranger and stranger , it could be very interesting we´ll see what happens

    • It’s not “strange” to those of us who know the source material….. Read more comics.

      • I think strange is good. I like strange.

      • LOL lay off bro. The guy is obviously excited. You don’t have to be a jerk. Geesh! Especially when you’re trying to be a smatass by saying “You should read more comics” LOL, I pooped.

        I think you’re looking for PageRant!

        • If it is a website for angry midgets, would it be “ScreenRunt”?

      • Even if you’ve read the comics, it’s still strange.

        But strange is good anyway.

      • Your familiarity with it does not exclude it from being strange. If you don’t think a talking space raccoon and tree creature is strange then you might need to put down some comics and get some perspective. Also, strange does not automatically mean bad. In fact, if you use your context clues, the post you replied to seemed to be full of excited anticipation.

        And something else that might be strange to you… most people don’t read comics and never will. They also make up a very large majority of people that make movies like this either profit or tank. But good job defending the source material to someone who is excited for the movie in the worst fanboy way possible.

        I read comics, and I will probably never stop, but this constant “OMG Read the source material noob.” response on adaptations (GoT and Comics recently) comes off as infantile elitism. That same attitude is why brick and mortar comic shops will die. I tried the whole “Support your local comic shop!” thing, and met far too many self righteous geek snobs such as yourself. I can’t imagine what it would be like for a complete comic rookie walking into my local shop. It really hurts me to know that people like you represent comic geeks online.

        To people who haven’t read the comics, as a geek who can also interact with “normal” people, this movie sounds awesome. I hope it is fantastic. Please feel free to not read one single issue of the source material before seeing the movie, it isn’t a requirement and if the filmmakers are competent you won’t need to know anything about it when you walk in the theater.

        • well said sir!

          …and to the racoon and tree haters, please explain why they are a source of hate-mongering on some comments, yet those same people have no problem with star wars, star trek, and lord of the rings, all of which have weird animals, or a walking, talking tree. at least have the decency to wait for a trailer before you go all roid-rage on a film you know nothing about!

          …we now return you to your regular rantings.

          • I don’t get the hate on Rocket Raccoon at all…

            … he the product of a species of genetically engineered animals that are supposed to act as prison guards on a planet for the mentally deranged.

            Because obviously, when you have a planet full of mentally deranged people… the best idea is to surround them with talking animals.

            Yep nothing strange here! Move along!

            This kinda strange can be fun…

        • You have put into words all of my feelings and emotions when it comes to nerd elitism. I don’t even know what else to say; I’m kind of speechless.

  3. still nor sold on this movie or antman might be marvels 1st dud. Im just not interested in a raccoon and tree fight the villains seem good though. I hope they are successful because the more CMB movies are successful the more they will make and try to top each other and make better movies Its hard to have hope for FOX though but i do.

    • I highly doubt this movie will be a “dud”. It’s questionable how well it will do as far as numbers, but it should be a great movie. In my opinion, this should be as good a movie or even better than the Avengers. No way it’s worse than, say, the first Thor.

      • better than the avengers?!?!?!? C’mon man be for real Yea it might be like the Thor 1 Cuz that was lacking. But you never know i really did like captain America and was expecting his movie to suck and its my favorite marvel movie next to Avengers I Love CA now I was totally shocked about how much i loved it cant wait for Cap 2 So I might be wrong again. I only went Cuz i support all CMb Movies and im glad i gave cap a chance so ill probably give GOTG the same 1. But im Not excited to see it

        • It could definitely be better than Avengers which was far from perfect.

          • i know a little about them im just not hyped to see it i seen them on the avengers animated series and those were the worst ones. But like i said i wasnt hyped about Captain America and i Loved it. Dont get upset with me cuz im not a GOTG fan. They just dont grab me. I didnt say it was going to be horrible i just said im not sold on it. I hope it is successful cuz that makes better competition and better movies but if it does flop i will hunt you down to say I KNEW IT!!

            • I guess it is just personal opinion on characters which is completely fine because I think Captain America was the second best next to avengers just like you said.
              Haha and ok sounds good!

              • Will, just let it go. Siegel’s either a kid or a bit slow, judging from his nearly unreadable comments. I’m far from a grammar-Nazi, but a little punctuation goes a long way.

        • While you’re waiting for Captain America 2 maybe you should brush up on your grammar skills? Maybe learn punctuation? Maybe even how to spell? Then you might not sound like a 4 year old…

          • Is this Screen rant or Grammar rant?

            • My grammer was always ranting at my grampa.

              • good one. for once.

          • I think a 4 years old would be more open to the idea of a badass Raccoon. Does that make me a 4 year old?

    • @ B. Siegel

      “Im just not interested in a raccoon and tree fight……”

      I hear that, but think of it this way; back in 1977, who would have been excited to see an oversized furry teddy bear type (Chewbacca) and a garbage can with two legs fight (R2-D2)?

      That did pretty well.

      • Love that comparison. I have made it before, and I am sure many have and it fits right in with this movie.

        • well i looked them up. Man they got enough material to make 9 or 10 movies. They are gonna have to water their origins down or just not bring it up. So Rocket Raccoon is the hot head hero of the group and he planted a branch of the tree I mean groot in a pot when he died the 1st time so he could regrow and thats why he only say I am Groot. It might be Ok im still not sold but i do understand it better. As passionate as you guys were about it I had to know more. You would have thought i was talking about your families the way i was attacked. But i’m not gonna lie i’m the same way when someone says something negative about MOS. Like I produced it or something. I cant help it. So i understand.

          • @ B. Siegel

            I hear you, but do yourself a favor, don’t take any of this to seriously. I don’t care if it’s GotG, MoS or whatever, these are just movies, it’s nothing to even get upset over. If somebody rips MoS, so?
            If somebody rips Iron Man, so?

            Know what I mean?

            • yea i know But i like all cmb movies i try not to be biased.

            • Unless you talk bad about star wars and your NOT a fan that’s crossing the line . lol

              • Yea I’m sure they are going to change it, I mean its Hollywood so they WILL change it.
                Didn’t mean to make it seem like I was attacking you sorry man :)
                Like you said, passion sometimes gets in the way haha

                • its all good

                • I was surprised when i read up on them They got better villains than the Avengers.

              • @ B. Siegel

                I totally understand, but again, they’re just movies. As long as you enjoy it, who really cares what others think?
                There are bigger fish to fry in life then that.

                • yeah, like some amberjack! thats a big, and tasty, fish!

      • Hmmm….I am one of the ones hoping this movie does well but thinking it will not, and am down and critical about the coon and tree thing, but I gotta admit, Stark had a pretty good point/comment about the teddy bear and garbage can, when one thinks about it.

  4. “Who is voicing Rocket Raccoon?” This is the only question I want answered

    • What is a more important question, which no one is asking is…WHERE IS ADAM WARLOCK?!?!?!?!

      Warlock is one of the most integral characters in the Marvel universe!! He was a member of Infinity Watch along with Thanos and Gamora. He was a member of and helped form the ’09 version of the Guardians of the Galaxy. He was Gamora’s boyfriend and had an adopted kid with her for a while. He was one of the key players in the Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Crusade and Infinity War story lines. He used the Infinity Gauntlet to save the universe and thusly created 2 beings from himself who sought the power of Infinity. He’s in every Thanos story and he was the only being Thanos ever considered a friend. And he’s a sexy badass! lol Seriously, Adam could have his own movie, why aren’t they using him?

      He’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more important than The Collector, who’s actually a pretty minor character, despite what SR would have you believe.

      • Completely agree with you. As much as I love the characters that have been rumored, I really hope Adam Warlock shows up at some point.
        He is basically always there when Thanos has something in the works, and at times is the only one who understands how to approach his craziness.
        And oh yeah it opens up for the MAgus :)

        • I figured seeing Thanos at the end of Avengers had to mean we would see Adam Warlock at some point… so who knows maybe Warlock gets teased and hinted at in this.

          Perhaps Adam Warlock is being saved for phase 3 and the “final Thanos showdown” or something?

          There is always S…. I mean hope.

          • That would be AMAZING!!!!

      • Remember all this news of “The Collector” and “Ronan” is still very unofficial. It could very well be that Lee Pace is Adam Warlock. What other cosmic character do you actually see Lee Pace playing? He’s gotta be Adam Warlock.

        • Yea I can’t see him playing Ronan, since Ronan is a massive being.
          I really could only see him playing Warlock, Captain Marvel, Nova or Quasar.

          • I can see him playing as a Nova but not as Rich or Sam. He’s too old for either of the two.

            Star-Lord is 32 years old, Pratt is at perfect age. Lee Pace looks older than Chris Pratt and Rich is younger than Pete.

            • Good point outlaw.

              • Thanks! A little process of elimination can never hurt.

                • However Chris Pratt and Lee Pace are both 34 years old.

                  • If Dey truly is in the movie, that would mean Rich hasn’t become Nova yet. Rich becomes Nova after Dey dies. This happens when Rich was in High School.

                    Lee Pace doesn’t look like a High School student.

        • Gotta agree with you on that. I think the news on the collector is right on the money but I just don’t see Pace as Ronan. He just looks like he would be a better fit as Warlock but if he’s Ronan then that’s cool too. If anything, I think it’s much more likely that the role for Ronan may be what Marvel was talking to Vin Diesel about the other week. Either way, I’m going to wait for official confirmation from Marvel.

      • Maybe Warlock will show up at the end of A2 w/Captain Mar-vell and Moondragon (The Avengers Annual #7). “The gathering of Eagles” ;-).

  5. Too bad Karen Gillen isn’t playing Angela. That would be awesome for a variety of reasons. But thanks to Iron Man 3, I am reserving my geekasms until the movie is out. What if the Collector is an intergalactic actor posing as a villain or something. They misused a great actor like Ben Kingsley, who’s to say they won’t misuse Benicio Del Toro. Although, I do think most of that Iron Man 3 craziness was a result of Shane Black and not Marvel.

    • You’re right, it was because of Shane Black that IM3 was the best of the series! Marvel’s best director yet! Kingsley got to shine as an actor because of the awesome twist the fanboys hate. Shane nailed the tone.

      • What!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Umm…no, he didn’t.

      • BWAAAAA HA HA!

        That’s a great joke.

    • @ Deadpool87

      I too agree that Shane Black is very much at fault for IM3.

      • Yep, Black bleched it. The action sequences in IM3 trailers look good, but the Mandarin thing earned Black a weiner-punch from the Flying Fists of Fury! I have not seen IM3 yet, and aside from the Mandarin thing see alot to recommend it, and I will buy the DVD as soon as it comes out irregardless, but as far as what they did with the Mandarin (not Chinese? No zapping rings? Not even really the Mandarin?) was really breaking the faith with marvel fans.
        Is Black the one doing Doc Savage, a film I am really looking forward to? If the movie is good, I will be ecstatic. If it is not, I’m gonna be presenting his posterior with a rough corncob, very little grease!

          • I don’t even want to go into the whole Iron Man 3 debate again because it is exhausting how people don’t understand what they did to the Mandarin and just how much they screwed it up.

            BUT…. I agree with everything you said.

  6. I knew that nebula had to be a part of this. Can’t wait to see how Karen gillan looks in blue. But I still wonder if Thanos will appear during the movie or mid credit scene like he did in the avengers.

    • Yes glad Nebula is part of this

  7. Why is such a skinny guy playing Ronan?

    • That’s what I was thinking, I guess no one else cares?

    • Motion Capture technology?

    • @Darthballs, My thoughts exactly. It seems out of place. Unless Lee Pace bulks up like Chris Pratt did. However Chris Pratt always had the frame. Lee Pace does not. Pace’s frame fits more Adam Warlock.

    • My money is pace for Adam Warlock and Vin Diesel voicing/mo-capping Ronan

  8. That Karen Gilian is a looker.

    • Yeah she is!!!! Sexy sexy redhead…

    • And she’s looking my way!
      Ah yes, my life will be all wine, women, and song!
      Unfortunately, that means no matter how much I “wine”, all the women will go tell me to sing it elsewhere!

  9. My most anticipated cbm since The Avengers.

    • Agreed!!!!

      • What! Well i give up I’m about to go learn more about this Guardians of the Galaxy Phenomenon i’m apparently out the loop on . And to @JacksDrinkingProblem I dont care what you say Cuz i do be talkin good. So there.

        • WOOOOHHHH!!

        • well i looked them up. Man they got enough material to make 9 or 10 movies. They are gonna have to water their origins down or just not bring it up. So Rocket Raccoon is the hot head hero of the group and he planted a branch of the tree I mean groot in a pot when he died the 1st time so he could regrow and that’s why he only say I am Groot. It might be Ok. Im still not sold but i do understand it better. As passionate as you guys were about it I had to know more. You would have thought i was talking about your families the way i was attacked. But i’m not gonna lie i’m the same way when someone says something negative about MOS. Like I produced it or something. I cant help it. So i understand.

  10. I really hope that they are waiting for comic con to announce that Michael Rooker is voicing RR and who is voicing Groot and who will play Thanos!!!

    YES I KNOW that they said Rooker will be playing someone different than RR but I can still HOPE!!!
    Really I just hope that they do announce who will be voicing RR and Groot, I want it to be Rooker but if it is not I wont be super stoked but maybe they have a better voice in mind (I doubt it) but its possible!

  11. will Ronan the Accuser be a character that is recurring in the MCU or just a one time role?
    I hope he is a recurring role because I like LEE PACE and I have wanted him to become part of the MCU for a while and I hope Marvel did not cast him in a part that will die in a one off movie or as a character that can only be a part of GOTG movies! I don’t read the comics so I don’t know much about the character, but Lee Pace is great and I just hope he can stay in the MCU for a few movies!!

    We know Del Toro’s role will be around but does anyone know how many films Paces’ contract is for! ROB A LIL HELP HERE PLEASE

    • That would be a logical train of thought…

    • It looks like they’re building up towards it. Phase 3 could introduce both Mar-vell and Carol.

      Also, she’s not “Ms. Marvel” anymore. She’s Captain Marvel. Although, no clue whether they’re gonna start with Captain Marvel in the MCU or with Ms. Marvel.

      The “Ms. Marvel” name is silly I think, I would much prefer if they would skip that (and the ridiculous swimsuit + thigh-high boots costume) altogether and start Carol as Captain Marvel and her newer kick-ass red and dark-blue outfit.

  12. For any girls eyeballing the shirtless stud in the picture up above and drooling, betcha didn’t recognize me without my glasses, didja?

  13. This is easily my most anticipated Marvel movie.

  14. I think, face-wise, Pace would work better as Adam Warlock or even Michael Korvac. Then again, these news are not officially confirmed, so I think I can still hope… haha

  15. I watched Guardians Of The Galaxy appear in The Avengers:EMH & reading up on them. Im looking forward to the movie. Marvel should have Power Man & Ironfist in a Heroes For Hire film during Phase 3 with Black Panther & Doctor Strange.

  16. Ms. Marvel would make a great addition after they introduce Wasp,hopfully at the sametime as Ant-Man.

  17. I really hope this does not suck