If the lovable combination of Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista and Zoe Saldana didn't have Marvel movie fans at least curious about Guardians of the Galaxy, the onslaught of high profile casting news in the last week alone will do the trick.
John C. Reilly is reportedly joining Guardians of the Galaxy in a role similar to that of Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson who's set to return from the dead this fall on ABC in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Joining him from the stars above will be Glenn Close who's taking on a leadership position among the Nova Corps space police. Last but not least, Doctor Who's Karen Gillan has signed to play the main villain of the film. All three cast additions were reported in the last few days alone and we can now add Benicio Del Toro to the mix.
Deadline has the latest Marvel casting scoop about Marvel Studios and writer-director James Gunn landing the major signing. There are no specifics on the role just yet outside of the fact that it's a multipicture deal (with options) for a character who will also be involved in future Marvel films. The news is surprising considering Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams were unable to sign Del Toro as the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness reportedly due to a disagreement on the financials, yet Marvel - infamously known for being extremely tight and strict with their contracts - may have just landed him for multiple films.
Del Toro is practically typecast into villainous figures but this could be a chance for him to play an important spacefaring hero. Or not. We have no information whatsoever on his character outside of his potential long-term role in the franchise. Could he play the rumored Ronan the Accuser? Or will he undergo another major transformation (see: Wolfman) and become Thanos, the big bad villain behind-the-scenes who will be around through Phases Two and Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Thanos could be entirely animated and whoever plays him could be doing just voice work not unlike the still-to-be-announced Groot/Rocket Raccoon actors.
Who is Benicio Del Toro playing and should he play a villain or a hero?
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, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and Doctor Strange sometime after that.
Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes who you Del Toro should play!