The Internet reached peak mind-blowing fever last weekend when Josh Brolin was announced as the voice, (and facial CGI model?) of Thanos for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and would first be appearing in James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy coming to theaters this summer. Now there are some details about the role, and how much Thanos will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy.
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That’s the last spoiler alert you’ll get so if you clicked through, you’ll see what you see. The folks over at Vulture have some sources reporting the details on how and when Thanos will show up in Guardians of the Galaxy. Here’s the bit they are talking about:
Though Thanos didn’t appear until the very end of The Avengers, Vulture has learned that he’ll emerge in the first act of Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanos will be communicating remotely via hologram for most of the film — a move the Mad Titan likely cribbed from the equally enigmatic Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back — though he does show up in the purple flesh for a scene that also features Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), who do Thanos’s bidding and serve as the primary adversaries in Guardians. Still, though Thanos is only briefly glimpsed throughout Guardians, his presence is palpable throughout: Characters reference him often and fearfully, and he has familial ties to Gamora (Zoe Saldana), our green-skinned female lead.
The movie also presents another one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos is trying to retrieve to assemble his powerful Gauntlet. In the comics, there are six such items — gems that can manipulate Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, Time, and Power — and in the closing credits tag of Thor: The Dark World, the mysterious Collector (Benicio Del Toro) came into possession of one of them, the swirling Aether, and announced “One down, five to go.” We’ve likely seen two other Infinity Stones in the Marvel cinematic universe thus far — the glowing Tesseract featured in Captain America and The Avengers, which corresponds to the Space Stone, and Loki’s blue-hued, do-my-bidding scepter, which may be the Mind Stone — and Guardians offers a fourth, which Del Toro’s character helpfully identifies as the Power Stone. (Fans had previously speculated that the Aether might be the Power Stone; it’s now more likely that the mysterious, floating item from Thor: The Dark World will serve as the Reality Stone in this series.)
There’s a lot to consider there. and it does make a lot of cinematic sense. Even if we take this with a huge grain of salt, we’ve known from James Gunn himself that Thanos would be more of a behind the scenes villain in Guardians of the Galaxy, making his big splash as the main villain in the third Avengers movie. The Hologram is a sci-fi tradition for those villains staying out of the limelight.
So that means that we’ve seen the Infinity Gauntlet Gems for Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power, leaving the Time Gem to be revealed. Which movie might that Time Gem show up in or will it be the last stone Thanos retrieves in the second act of the third Avengers movie?
When I sat down to think about how the Time Gem might show up I conjured up the image of Gamora walking out of a big blue police box with a glowing gem in her hand, but then reality set in and that dream came crashing down. It would be fun though wouldn’t it?
How do you think the Time Gem will make its appearance?