Thanos the Mad Titan! We already knew this purple skinned baddie would turn up in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, but we never knew the scope of his role. Well, we’re still in the dark about that tiny bit, but at least we’ve got our rotten little mitts on a scene description.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige sat down with Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn while editing a Thanos centric scene, and here’s what the pair said:
Gunn freezes a frame of an imposing-looking villain any serious comic book fan would recognize instantly. He sits on a rocket-powered throne. Feige sees something on the screen that he doesn’t like. The evildoer needs to be farther away in the frame so he looks more imperious, he says.
“I don’t know,” says Gunn. “I think it’s going to look cool, man.”
“You just don’t want him to feel petty in that way,” Feige says. “I think it’s a fine line.”
“How do you think it comes off as petty here?” Gunn says.
“He’s so damn close,” Feige says.
“Yeah,” concedes Gunn. “I think I’m going to have him floating in space.”
Feige is concerned about the throne, too. He points at the base. “Those don’t need to be rockets,” he says. “Maybe gravity disks?” Feige says he’ll check back later.
In the hallway he extracts a pledge not to name the bad guy. “That could not be a bigger spoiler,” Feige says.
Bah! Why would Thanos ever need jets? Of course he uses gravity disks!
In all seriousness, though, this is awesome news. I’ll have to bring my smelling salts to theatres just in case I pass out in awe of the Mad Titan. Although, I don’t expect Thanos to possess too large of a role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel will probably strive to save the villain for a final massive reveal in The Avengers 3 (or Los Vengadores Tres, as my grammie calls them).