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With most of the Guardians of the Galaxy super team already formed, the next step in the flick’s casting process is going to be to find some villains for them to fight.  Rumors put Thanos as the main baddie, but he’ll need some cannon fodder if he’s going to take on the Guardians, right?  It looks like the movie may have picked up at least on of these villains in the form of actor Lee Pace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey).

If “sources” are to be believed, Pace is in final talks to join the cast and if you put your faith in what Latino Review has to say (those guys do seem to have a pretty good track record for rumors), he’ll be taking on the role of scientist Basil Sandhurst, better known as The Controller.

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The Controller’s story is that of the typical science experiment gone bad.  Sandhurst ends up embracing technology to overcome the state that he’s left in after his accident.  The end result is combination of super strength and the ability to control people’s minds.

Check out Guardians of the Galaxy when it hits theaters next year on August 1st.


Thanks to /film for the heads-up.


Latino Review is breaking some Marvel news again, this time about the possible entity of a villain in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. Thanos? Come on, Marvel’s all but admitted that the Mad Titan is a lock for the film. In this instance we’re talking about one Basil Sandhurst, AKA The Controller.

So what’s the deal with The Controller? Well, Latino Review says that he’ll be a henchman or official representative for Thanos in the film. Maybe he’ll be more of a main villain in the movie while Thanos stays in the background winding up for The Avengers 2. Or maybe he’ll be a boss that the Guardians have to beat before graduating to the bigger boss in Thanos. Exact details are still unknown. Interestingly though, Controller frequently finds himself locked in battle against Iron Man Tony Stark, and there’s been that persistent rumor of an Iron Man cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy or vice versa. So is this another clue? Let’s file that under possibly.

Here’s the skinny on The Controller straight from the Marvel website:

Sandhurst worked as an electro-mechanical/chemical research scientist. His obsession with control brought his downfall as a scientist when his refusal to obey ethical restraints got him banned from most research facilities. Sandhurst was prone to fits of rage, and in an attempt to calm him, his brother Vincent inadvertently triggered a lab explosion, crippling Basil. Vincent, guilt-ridden, outfitted Basil with an automated lab, in which Basil bonded a super-strong exoskeleton to his body, powered by the cerebral energies from those around him using his slave discs.

The Controller designed his armored exoskeleton, which is micro-surgically attached to his body from head to toe and grants him mobility, as well as superhuman strength and endurance. He uses “slave discs” to control others, using the micro-circuitry in his helmet to drain cerebral energy from his victims to power his exoskeleton and magnify its strength and duplicate his victim’s abilities. He has limited psychokinetic and telepathic abilities, the ability to control the actions of any one person wearing one of his slave discs, and the ability to fire mental bolts of force from his helmet. He can psionically control “weak-willed” subjects even without his discs. He flies via boot-jets and has employed image inducers, stun mists, and other technology as needed.

The Controller originally used a mental wave absorbatron to convert cerebral energies for use by his exoskeleton, though this device was rendered obsolete after Thanos improved the Controller’s equipment. The discs now increase his physical attributes in geometric progression to numbers of victims wearing slave discs, and he was able to control the actions of all persons wearing the discs.

The Controller is a highly skilled chemist and mechanical engineer, with a college degree in chemistry and electrical and mechanical engineering.

More news as it develops.

Source: Geek Tyrant