‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Wraps Production; Lee Pace Describes Villain As A ‘Psycho’

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Ronan the Accuser Marvel Comics Fist Guardians of the Galaxy Wraps Production; Lee Pace Describes Villain As A Psycho

During Marvel Studios’ buzzworthy panel at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, after teasing Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the attendees, the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy made a surprise appearance to debut rough cut footage of the film which had only begun filming. They flew in from the London shoot just on time and left immediately after to catch a flight back.

Director James Gunn and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige introduced each of them one by one, confirming their roles which were – at the time – still comprised of rumors and reports. Among them was Lee Pace (Pushing DaisiesThe Hobbit trilogy) who was confirmed to be playing Ronan the Accuser, the primary antagonist of Guardians of the Galaxy adaptation.

Doing research beforehand, Pace told journalists during the Guardians press conference at Comic-Con that there’s something to his villainy that fans can relate to:

“He’s been around since 1967, in Fantastic Four number 65, so there’s a lot of stories that I’ve been able to research. I’m just really excited to make a villain that is complicated and that there’s a core of him that you can find something that you understand, you know? I don’t know, he’s pretty bad though He’s a bad dude.”

Chatting with Click last week for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, where Pace’s Elven King Thranduil finally gets a chance to speak, Pace described the Ronan character he plays in Guardians of the Galaxy which just wrapped production for him the day before.

“He’s a fucking psycho! [laughs]. He’s a real monster. I’ve had the best time playing this character. I’m glad its all on film and I never thought I could be so nuts in it!

Pace continues, praising the director.

 “James Gunn is just putting together a phenomenal movie and I’ve had the best time working with him on it. And yea we’ve made a monster of an alien!”

As for the rest of the cast, Gunn tweeted today that the film’s main unit has wrapped, and that the second unit finishes up tomorrow.

After the villainous turns of Loki, Red Skull and Aldrich Killian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, there’s a lot to live up to in delivering a new and more menacing villain, one who works for the big bad Thanos. We still don’t know what Ronan’s motivations are in serving Thanos or why he’s as bad as everyone says in the film, but we’d imagine there’s more to it if Pace describes him as complicated. And remember, in Marvel Comics, Ronan was first introduced as an enemy but ended up not really being a villain, but a hero of the alien Kree empire – a faction that’s not yet been confirmed for a cinematic introduction in Guardians.

Are you hoping to see Ronan the Accuser for the long haul, or is he best served as an expendable lieutenant of Thanos?

Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn off of his script co-written by Nicole Perlman. Cooper joins a cast led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, Benicio del Toro, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.


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: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Looking forward to this, Lee Pace is a fantastic and underrated actor.

  2. Cannot wait!

  3. this is the MCU film I’m most curious about, and hope that it delivers. only 10 months to go…

    • Only thing that would make it good is the acting; the other sci fi stuff just won’t cut it.

      • It sounds more joke oriented like Serenity

      • and you’re basing that on what?

  4. Id imagine we could get some kind of trailer before Thor 2?

    • Hopefully !

    • I hope, but I think if we get a new trailer before Thor it will be CA:TWS

  5. Wow! Very well put article, Rob! Great read!

    Seeing that the Kree hasn’t been confirmed, I kind of think they will be going with the Ultimate Universe version of Ronan. As much as I’d hate to say it but it would make more sense for the MCU to use the Ultimate Ronan.

    I’d love to see the Kree but we might get the Acheron Empire.

  6. I’ve never been so pumped for a comic book movie in my life.

    • ^ All 13 years of it.

      • Stop being such a wizard’s sleeve. (^-^)

      • Stranger danger!

  7. Funny, last thing I read with Ronan was Annihilation where he was kind of a hero.

    • GREAT series. Read the followup Annihilation Conquest which leads into the launch of Guardians of the Galaxy and has a certain connection with The Avengers 2…

  8. cant wait !

  9. I don’t see Ronan as the villain anymore because of everything he has been in in the comics lately, but it’ll be awesome to see him as it in GOTG.
    Hopefully he eventually turns into the hero like he is now and maybe we’ll get an Annihilators movie although that’s very unlikely lol.

    • An Annihilators movie would be the most EPIC thing to happen to cinema.

      • I’m glad you share my hardcore enthusiasm for The Annihilators!!! :D

  10. Hmmm, a lot of emphasizing that Ronan is an evil guy…

  11. MERGERD. I cannot W.A.I.T. for GOTG…

  12. Pic of Ronan looks cool.
    But a talking tree?!
    A space ranger raccoon with big guns?
    Naw, I can’t see this being good–but I will give it a watch; hope I am proved wrong.

    • Yes, a talking tree is too much to buy. What was that other franchise that had talking trees, oh right Lord of the Rings. What was that other franchise that had gun-toting furry creatures. Oh right, Star Wars, which also had a green Muppet as a major character. How did those franchise do again? Didn’t the highest-grossing movie of all time have ten-foot tall blue cat people as main characters, yes. GOTG will do just fine.

      • Are you saying that this is LoTR, Star Wars, and Sesame Street all at once?
        Yeesh, no thank you.
        Batman/Superman is waaaaay to far away.

    • Greenlantern had talking chickens, crickets, and man bear pigs. Yet a talking tree and raccoon with guns is bad?

      • GL was bad. I wouldn’t use it as an argument point.

    • Post like this really do get me upset. Rocket Raccoon is whats gonna make this film great honestly.

      • Don’t sleep on how good Chris Pratt as Star Lord could be. I think he’s gonna take over as the king of one liners in Marvel movies. Sorry, RDJ, your time is up.

        • He’s gonna be like RDJ, but with a sh*t eating grin.

    • Pretty sure Goldilocks just wanted to get people riled up over his ludicrous comment

  13. And in the DC camp they have just wrapped on ???

    • I don’t know why you’re even saying that.

      They start filming Batman/Superman next Spring apparently. GOTG has been in the works for some time.

      Then again, what do they say about people like you? “Don’t feed the trolls”? My mistake.

      • Yay, another POS Zack Snyder “film.” He’s almost as bad as Michael Bay with his soulless characters and ridiculously long drawn out action sequences that wind up devolving into a jumbled mess of meaningless movement and noise. MoS SUCKED. Bats/Supes is going to suck, too.

        • Yeah, and I can’t wait for Sucker Punch 2 because Zack is such an amazing visionary.

      • Its honestly not a troll response. Seriously what is DC working on besides Bat/Sup? I am curious. I heard Flash is coming to Arrow on the WB. Is there anything else?

  14. I wonder if Galactus will appear in the MCU.

    • Didn’t FOX refuse to give the rights to Galactus and Silver Surfer to Marvel Studios though?

      • No, Marvel has Galactus and Silver Surfer now. Plenty of action for Avengers 4 and 5.

        They merely had to trade Daredevil and Kingpin.

        • Yeah, they also have Dr. Doom and the rights to the Fantastic Four back as long as they don’t refer to them as “Fantastic” and Dr. Doom doesn’t use any Sony products and references Spiderman at least 6 times.

        • um, no they didn’t. marvel got back DD and related characters because fox didn’t get their production deadline met. fox still owns the film rights to FF and all those related characters, which include galactus and SS. there was no trading involved. Marvel TRIED to get galactus and SS back in exchange for an extension on the DD deadline, but FOX didn’t bite.

  15. Lee Pace was such a fine choice to play the villain. I really can’t wait to see how this movie is going to be like :D

  16. any Marvel confirmation on Vin Diesel voicing Groot yet? Not Vin’s confirmation! MARVELS confirmation?

    • Michael Rooker pretty much blatantly said it on Soccer AM on saturday morning in the UK when they started talking about GOTG.

      • Link? Source?

  17. As long he’s not Thanos son then I’m happy