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A Big Marvel Name Is Confirmed For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY And THE AVENGERS 2!!

The Kidd here...

I've been hearing rumblings of this ever since that first post-credits in THE AVENGERS, which was then further cemented by Marvel Studios' announcement of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... Thanos was going to be a major player in the next run of movies in the Marvel Movie Universe, leading up to THE AVENGERS 2. 

Well, Cosmic Book News has confirmed with Thanos' creator Jim Starlin that Thanos will be appearing in both GUARDIANS and THE AVENGERS sequel, with it widely believed that the Infinity Gauntlet will play a big part in how the films all tie together, much like the Cosmic Cube did in Phase One. 

This isn't all that surprising considering we've only scratched the surface with Thanos in his brief introduction at the end of Phase One, but at least we know pretty concretely where things are moving over the next five films. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST


    by sweeneydave

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    I'm excited about this, don't get me wrong...

    by jasper Stillwell

    ...but I was kind of hoping for Kang or Ultron as the big bad. A Space Phantom cameo could be cool though.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Arnold as Thanos?

    by Ultron ver 2.0


  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST


    by LazyDolphin

    I'm not sure Jim Starlin is in a position to confirm anything about either of these movies.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Ray Winstone for Thanos

    by rapscallion86

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Thanos? Oh.

    by buggerbugger

    I thought it was going to be Stan Lee in yet another one of his tiresome fucking cameos.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Well duh.

    by Saen

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    It's obvious!

    by Ryan Kinsel

    Do we really need conformation? Thanos is the Guardians of the Galaxy's main nemisis... Thanos is a well known villian in the Marvel U. Marvel just has the right stuff right now. Connectivity. Comics are an episodic form of story telling. Most movies are in a 3 act structure. Why not lay plot lines down that can span across several movies so we have to all watch them. Just like DC and Marvel's crossover events. It makes money! why not translate that to film. All you haters are just trash that don't know a thing about anything!

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    In other surprising news

    by jemagee

    Darth Vader is Luke Skywalkers Father The Matrix is a computer simulation encompassing most human life Terminator 3 and 4 never happened Seriously - if you didn't see this coming from the MOMENT Guardians of the Galaxy was announced you should sterilize yourself for the good of humanity and the planet

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    The Necromancer is really Sauron!

    by Aiden Blackwell

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Oh I thought this was going to be something NEW

    by D.Vader

    Like The Surfer was somehow bought back from FOX or something. Instead this is just a confirmation of what we had all assumed- THANOS in Guardians and Avengers 2. Yeah, we figured. Still, cool to get a confirmation.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    This is going to be incredible! If only Marvel could

    by lprothro out the DC characters as well! As a dc guy it pains me to be more excited for Marvel films but, whatyagonnado? From the looks of their most recent Bats/Supes adaptations I'd say their name should stand for "dire/coma-inducing".

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    I don't Billy the Kidd saw the end of the Avengers.

    by Jonathan

    It's the only explanation for this article. >_<

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by Jonathan

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    That mid - end credits scene of Thanos in Avengers...

    by Bubba Gillman

    ...looked like an outtake from Masters of the Universe.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Great story-telling doesn't necessarily preclude 'one-offs'...

    by James Robinson

    ... but the BEST Sci-fi anthologies belong to a greater whole. Look at ANY great sci-fi show or film, and see if they don't at least START with the idea of running development involving a particular arc? Every show that started off great but ended up 'tanking' did the same thing. After the fanbase is built, switch to single episode hamster treadmill bullshit so new viewers don't feel alienated & have a solid start-off point at any part of a given season. Problem is, that doesn't work.. so they slash the budget & kill off 'unnecessary' characters to reduce the budget. fucking ass-holes... just sayin

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Marvel straying from what works spells disaster

    by smackfu

    Marvel's movies are working so well because they're staying somewhat tethered to adult reality and steering clear of the cartoonish stuff. IMO the more they stray towards the sillier side of Marvel with Guardians of the Galaxy, magic rings and gems etc, the more they're straying from the audience that brings in the big bucks.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Here comes the DC nut-swingers....

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    ...tell about your awesome villains. : /

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Thanos in AVENGERS 2...

    by You Have MY Voice

    ...only makes it that much harder to use a villain like Ultron later. Alien invasion to shattering of reality? Escalation. Shattering of reality to killer robot decimating a small European nation? Meh. We'll never see Ultron. But I figure we'll eventually see Kang and some time-travel extravaganza, after the Infinity Gauntlet re-write. (NOTE: I'm a massive fan of Whedon and the first AVENGERS. I'm not badmouthing, just mildly disappointed.)

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    I was a Marvel collector since childhood

    by TheGangBangTheory

    in the Silver Age, and Thanos was never very interesting to me. A cartoonish Darksied ripoff. And he looked very cartoony in the credit sequence. They should have changed his look, like they often do with so many other things. I agree with smack fu. They can do outer space shit, but they need to keep some realism in there. Weird armored aliens in the climax of the Avengers battle are great for comics, but made little sense in a live action movie. How do you take over a city on flying sleds where the warriors and pilots are exposed? Lame-o.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST


    by Brian

    is played DANNY TREJO, or I don't see it. End of story.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    But Marvel has, generally, better heros

    by FreeBeer

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Spoiler Alert!

    by Acappellaman

    Well, now we know Thanos survives at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. THANKS!

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Wow. What a scoop!

    by Adam D. Kline

    I can't believe NO ONE ELSE saw this coming. As early as last May. Barely two minutes into the end credits.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:13 p.m. CST

    I will never tire of Stan Lee cameos

    by Matthew

    Thanos will awesome and probably not defeated in Avengers 2. I expect him to the puppet master type. Wonder if they will bring in the female personification of death? I wonder if some talk backers are even really fans or professional trolls, or just negative and bitter or I too sensitive to my comic book stuff being critiqued. Look it is silly and fun don't take it too seriously, still I want full on comic book fantasy adaptations, keep it grounded and realistic but full on spaced out fantasy madness too

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I was hoping it would be an actual, y'know, CHARACTER

    by rev_skarekroe

    Good for Jim Starlin that he gets to play Space Bar Patron #3 or whatever, but it's not really relevant to my interests.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:28 p.m. CST

    The Avengers will fall,and a Duck will rise....

    by Jobacca

    No man can ever defeat Thanos....but a Duck can. HOWARD THE DUCK!!!!! If we're getting Thanos and a goddamned talking raccoon its about damn time we get a reboot of Howard. Actually,if they can find a way to make the CGI budget work for a weekly TV show,Howard would be perfect for that. Or hell...make it animated and air it on Adult Swim. Either way,I wants me some Howard the Duck!!!!!

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Thanos? What?

    by silentjay

    Is that the guy with the hands of fate?

  • I used to be a fan of DC, but their movies are mostly shit and, these days, even the comics suck major ass.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Thor 2

    by Brad

    Does this mean that the vault's going to be broken into in the post credits of Thor2, since the Gauntlet already showed up haning out in there on the first movie? Probably not a coincidence.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    This just in!

    by Knuckleduster

    Iron Man will be in Avengers 2! That's some damn good investigative journalism there, guys. Why none of you have jobs as reporters at respectable newspapers, I'll never know.

  • Would love to see that!

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    This is still news

    by FirstMan

    None of us knew that he would be in Guardians in the Galaxy, ie the common sense thought would be they wouldn't tamper with anything from the Avenger's universe for a property that has a animated raccoon in it. This is laughable, wonder if Jeph Leob made this decision.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Thanos should be played by....

    by Harshaw

    Ron Perlman.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Michael Clark Duncan would have been perfect

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    That would have been my first choice for Thanos with his deep voice, sadly that will never come to be :(

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST


    by my liege

    "None of us knew that he would be in Guardians in the Galaxy." Correction; YOU didn't know. It was obvious amongst pretty much everyone else that Thanos would be the GOTG movie as soon as it was announced.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Kevin Drevioux

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    would be my second choice.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    3rd & 4th choice would be

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    3rd Keith David 4th Vin Diesel

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Great news. Thanos is by far the best villain in the MU.

    by jack

    i only hope Whedon won't fuck him up in Avengers 2.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Are they going to adapt the Infinity Quest story

    by jack

    into some kind of introductory movie for Thanos? Does anyone know?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Second rate Darkseid?


    Your pulling my fucking dick right? Thanos is a far more complex and interesting Villian than the one note Darksied.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Thanos may be a

    by drewlicious

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Thanos may be a Darkseid ripoff but.....

    by drewlicious

    He has evolved into a much more fascinating character. He had a much more personal stake rather than just remaking the universe in his image. It was all about love, really. Death just happened to be a massive cocktease.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Deathstroke is a rip off of...

    by Steve Zweidinger

    Captain America.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Rock, Rock, Rock, Rocket....Rocket Raccoon!!!!

    by kindofabigdeal

  • i wanted to slap them

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    As much as I love Thanos, I got no desire...

    by Tom

    to see Guardians of the Galaxy. You gotta toss in Adam Warlock and Rich Rider Nova for me to get interested.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:50 p.m. CST

    It's too soon for Infinity Gauntlet!!!

    by EastcoastAvenger

    The official MCU is still in it's infancy for crying out loud! Were still only playing with a handful of characters. None of which hold the power cosmic. No Silver Surfer... No Adam Warlock... No access to folks like Reed Richards, Dr. Doom, or Galactus... All were big players in the Infinity Gauntlet's run. One of the most drastic things Thanos did was erase half the universes population (including Marvel's heroes) by willing it so. If he were to do that now in the MCU we would be left with Hulk, Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon, and Hawkeye! As stinging as Starks witty rebukes and laser beams can be I'm not sure if it would be enough to thwart the Mad Titan.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I'm fine with Thanos, just don't care much for Guardians of the Galaxy

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    If it was a Silver Surfer vs. Thanos flick, I'd piss my pants.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Thanos is a far more layered character than Darkseid

    by Ash Talon

    Just read Infinity Gauntlet. In 6 issues, it makes Thanos a far more interesting character than Darkseid has ever been. If you can, track down the prequel to IG too, where Thanos assembles the gems for the Infinity Gauntlet. <P> Other than Batman villains, DC doesn't have too many cool villains. Hell, I think Spidey's villains are on par with Batman's. Nothing DC has even comes close to Dr. Doom or Galactus.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Actually Thanos as a character is a Metron ripoff

    by jack

    but his body is a Darkseid ripoff. This has been stated by Starlin himself. and you call yourselves geeks?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    The prequel to Infinity Gauntlet is called Infinity Quest

    by jack

    nerds, i am disappoint.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:08 p.m. CST

    More Aliens...

    by yrimpossible

    Yep, that's what the Avengers franchise needs: more aliens. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to GotG despite never reading the comics, but I was hoping that Thanos' appearance mid-credits was a jump off for the cosmic side of MU. A whole bunch of "Cosmic" movies, running alongside the "Heroic" movies would be entirely welcome. And since Marvel were negotiating getting Galactus/Silver Surfer back from Fox, it seems highly likely that this was the plan, starting with solo movies for GotG, Silver Surfer, Captain Marvel, Nova and perhaps culminating in an all encompassing crossover movie featuring Galactus himself. However, if they get back Daredevil, why not do a parallel set of "Street-Level" movies. Marvel already have The Punisher back, why not do a series of movies featuring DD, Frank Castle, Jessica Jones or Heroes For Hire, whose only connection to the "Heroic" movies if the occasional mention or cameo appearance of SHIELD operatives (no heroes... let's keep it real). Who knows: Marvel have a wealth of amazing characters and have built a rich world since FF#1, there's no reason everything has to revolve around The Avengers.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Thanos... and Adam Warlock?

    by david

    Will Thor find HIM in Thor 2? I'd love to see Warlock

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Stan Lee Cameo.......In Spaaaaaaaaaace!!

    by thelordofhell

    I see him as a captain of a spaceship that gets blown up by Thanos

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Screw you Damon Killian! How about a "Spoilers" tag!

    by Particularly Hard Vato


  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Kang will usher in the reboots

    by Jeff

    After Avengers 2 in 2015, phase 3 will begin leading up to the grand finale of Avengers 3. We'll get final installments of Thor and Captain America and maybe a final Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man. Then Avengers 3 will feature Kang as the timetravelling villain. Some sort of ultimate sacrifice will end the series and new actors will all be hired to restart the franchises Star Trek style. That's my guess.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    It's not "Gordon drinks a beer and cheats on his wife"

    by Magnus Greel

    But it will work.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    People are excited for this?

    by magnetoelectric

    I do like me some Thanos but , It doesnt seem like a good fit. I guess thats the logic behind the choice "People love thanos" Yeah, but we want to see him go heads up with the Silver Surfer , not Iron Man. In Fact , IMHO that was the weakest link in the Infinity Gauntlet series : "Lets get Wolverine and Spider-Man and Iron Man to help too!" Fuck. WTF is Wolverine going to do that Eternity or Galactus couldn't?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST


    by J

    Spider-Man has a better rogue's gallery than anyone in the DC universe, and yes that includes the Flash and the wankers who show up in Batman's books. Besides, Doom trumps anything found in DC.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Also confirmed... ***MAJOR SPOILER***

    by animatronicmojo

    Bilbo decides to keep The Ring at the end of The Hobbit trilogy.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Death ever speak to Thanos?

    by nametaken

    give him a thumbs up or anything?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Still want a Howard the Duck/Ducktales/Darkwing Duck crossover.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Seems like a no brainer with Disney owning Marvel.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Oh and while were doing GotG movies, why not throw in Slapstick?

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    How Infinity Gauntlet should be changed (take note, Joss):

    by pizzatheface

    Combine Memphisto and Nebula's characters into Loki. Loki plots with Thanos to get him the Gauntlet out of Odin's vault in exchange for his freedom. Loki convinces Thanos (a la Memphisto) to take on Earth's Mightiest Heroes at partial power in order to impress death. Thanos torches him (a la Nebula) because he doesn't trust him, and keeps him hanging around, half dead. Thanos turns Thor to glass and makes Loki shatter his brother to prove his loyalty. Loki ends up getting the gauntlet when Thanos goes non-corporeal, and wills everything back to what it was 24 hours prior, giving Thor and the Avengers a chance to claim the gauntlet and defeat Thanos. It could be a powerful story of redemption. At one point in their lives, Loki and Thor were best friends, right? What do you think?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    The Duck Knight Rises

    by animatronicmojo

    I'd never seen Howard the Duck before, until a neighbor recently dropped it off in a bag of old VHS tapes. Damn, if that wasn't some not-in-a-good-way bad craziness. <BR> Started out somewhat OK but strangely got worse and worse with each passing second, as if the production was sucking the life out of all involved as they slogged through it. <BR> 1986 Lea Thompson was awfully cute, it cannot be denied. But that sex scene!? (*shiver*)

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Captain America is a rip off of...

    by Adam D. Kline

    Green Lantern.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    animatronicmojo you take that back what you said about Howie. >:(

    by kindofabigdeal

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    They should make a 6-part animated or live action web series

    by jack

    of Jim Starlin's Thanos Quest story, so that the fans who are not familiar with Thanos and the IG, will get introduced to them. The series will start playing in Youtube and Facebook 1.5 months before the Avengers 2 premiere, with one episode being uploaded every week. Each episode will be about one of the Infinity Gems and how Thanos managed to take it from its Elder owner. The last episode will end with Thanos holding the IG and a caption that the story continues in Avengers 2. Whedon should hire a young, talented director and writer who is also a Marvel fan and Starlin as an adviser and give them the necessary budget and input to create this series as an introductory mini prequel for the Avengers 2 movie. i would like something like happening in the future.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST


    by Felix

    There's no need to replace Nebula since she can be introduced in GotG if they want to use her. Also this doesn't have to be a literal translation of the story. Joss will be writing this and it's obvious that he's going to pull inpiration from the other writers and directors involved with this Phase. Also there are several Starlin "Infinity" crossovers that he can pull from, plus his own ideas. I think what we end up seeing on the screen will be something fresh, but recognizable as the Infinity Gauntlet we all know and love.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by Felix

    Or they can cover that in Guardians of the Galaxy. People who aren't familiar with Thanos aren't going to look up YouTube videos to educate themselves. A better idea would be to use Marvel One Shots on the home video releases.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I getcha, Phantom.

    by pizzatheface

    I just thought this would be a good opportunity to tell a great redemption story. (I really like Loki as a character.) I'm sure Joss will come up with something amazing, as he's pretty familiar with all things Marvel.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    thephantomcatlives whatever medium works better.

    by jack

    but having the Thanos Quest story incorporated in the GotG movie is a misfire. Thanos Quest is a personal quest, a personal story, the lone journey through Cosmos of one of the most complex characters in the MU. It deserves to be treated as such and not as some rough setup for a movie about an indifferent super-hero team that has nothing to do with Thanos in the first place.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Definitly, pizzatheface.

    by Felix

    I absolutely LOVE Loki and I think that tom Hiddleston has created such a fascinating character. I can't wait to see him in future Marvel movies.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    The big question is...

    by Nerd Rage are they going to top Thanos in Phase Three?

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Ah, but they do have something to do with him.

    by Felix

    He was behind the Chitari attack and struck the deal with Loki. To battle the Avengers is to court Death and that's what he wants more than anything else.

  • I've been wondering that myself for YEARS.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    thephantomcatlives are you talking to me?

    by jack

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by Felix

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I still wish it was the original Guardians team.

    by Royston Lodge

    I really wanted to see Vance Astro with Captain America's shield. I loved those comics as a kid. That being said, I fully understand why they're going with the current version of the team, since the original team didn't deal with Thanos.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Ooh, is Death going to be a character in the next phase?

    by Royston Lodge

    And if Death makes an appearance, what about Eternity?

  • Heh heh heh...

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    OMG. Imagine Darkwing Duck in the Earth-616 continuity!

    by Royston Lodge

    Now THERE'S a good reason for Marvel to bring back the 'What If?' series. I'd buy a subscription...

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Thanos is far more interesting than Darkseid.

    by cerberus

    Thanos is one of those rare cases where the knockoff goes on to surpass the original.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Thanos, in his day...

    by Monnie Knapp

    the bitch's bastard

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 8:36 p.m. CST

    ash talon: I dunno, does New Krypton count as 'a villain'?

    by Royston Lodge

    I think that storyline measures up to anything with Thanos or Galactus. Aside: Lex Luther is way cooler than The Kingpin. As for Marvel villains vs DC villains, taken as an average, it's hard to say. Batman has a fantastic rogue's gallery. Superman has SOME awesome villains (Lex, Zod, Brainiac), and some lame ones (Bizarro, Metalllo, Toyman, even Doomsday). The rest of the DC heroes' do tend to have pretty lame villains. Flash vs. Captain Cold, Professor Zoom, Gorilla Grodd?! Wonder Woman vs. Cheetah, Giganta?! Green Lantern vs. Sinestro?! Captain Marvel vs. Dr. Sivana?! Green Arrow vs. Count Vertigo?! Black Manta's kinda cool, but Aquaman isn't, so that's no help. On the other hand, Marvel has some lame/goofy villains as well. M.O.D.O.K? Boomerang? Mole Man? I think the difference is that Marvel's lame villains are rarely considered to be very high on any list of a hero's rogue's gallery. Marvel's lame villains tend to be second-stringers, not somebody's nemesis. DC's heroes have some LAME nemeses.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    To all who know/judge Howard The Duck by the Lucas movie...

    by Jobacca some of Steve Gerbers original run on the character...or even the MAX series he did 10 or so years ago. Judging Howard the Duck by the movie is like saying the Punisher sucks as a character because of the Dolph Lundgren movie that came out around the same time. I would love if SOMEONE were to utilize Howard the Duck the same way Gerber did and make a great movie/tv show/animated series. Howard deserves a second chance.....

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    This is cool.

    by ckone

    I wish that Marvel now with the mighty power of Disney, could wrangle away enough of the rights to Spidey and the X-men to have a Secret Wars type film though. Actually , I would not be surprised if they pulled off the unthinkable and cut a deal with Fox to join all the characters together in something like that. And if they were to line up their ducks properly, after WB shits out their JLA turd, they can announce the unbelievable news just to rain on DC's happy day or have a trailer for it run on a competing screen...hehehe. All this from a guy who wants the JLA to be good too...

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Thought this was news of Arnold's casting...

    by ThulsaBoom your feelings. It will be so. If it ain't Arnold, it better be motherfucking Daniel Day Lewis or the equivalent. It better dwarf Heath Ledger's Joker. Just sayin'.

  • ...the mere fact that everyone is bitching about the Guardians having a film is proof they are more expendable than most Marvel properties, and therefore more interesting, since the filmmakers are not as married to the prospect of fulfilling fanboy expectation, and setting up future installments. If they use The Guardians to set up Thanos' power and relentlessness, while sufficiently laying solid character work, Guardians could be tragic and beautiful.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by MCVamp

    Because as everyone knows, only Squirrel Girl can truly defeat Thanos.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    A movie with a talking fucking racoon

    by Anthony

    isn't going to be the Empire Strikes Back of anything. I love Marvel, I can't stand DC anymore. But Marvel is fucking up, this isn't going to go over well.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:22 a.m. CST


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  • Sept. 20, 2012, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Marvel is fucking up.

    by Volllllume3

    Yep, 3rd highest grossing movie of all time is fucking up alright. They have no fucking idea what they are doing! /sarcasm

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by ganymede3010

    This news is hardly a spoiler. Almost everyone on this board concluded that Thanos is the reason why Guardians of the Galaxy was brought into the fold, so his story could be told. So once the Avengers 2 is released, the general audiences will know who Thanos is.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    The Infinity Gauntlet Inside Of Odin's Trophy Room?

    by Graphix67

    That was such a split-second/blink-and-you-will-miss-it scene that, it may not be acknowledged at all. They may very well go with a set-up of having the Infinity Gems still separate and apart from each other waiting to be collected. On the other hand; the Gauntlet for the movies is right-handed (the original comic version is left-handed) and that Avengers' mid-credits' scene shows Thanos with a bare right-hand as he lifts himself from his throne. The plot thickens... ;-)

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Sorry judenw

    by SayNoToRemakes

    The prequel to Infinity Gauntlet was called " THANOS QUEST". Sorry, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to correct a fellow geek...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:35 a.m. CST

    thephantomcatlives what are you talking about?

    by jack

    Yes Thanos made a deal with Loki and gave him the Chitauri army in order to retrieve the Cosmic Cube. What has this to do with the GotG team from the comics? Since Avengers 2 is going to be about Thanos and the IG, it makes more sense to make a movie about Adam Warlock and the members of the Infinity Watch rather than the GotG team. The fact that Thanos was an after thought when Whedon filmed the Avengers and now they use him as a template for Phase 2 to introduce unknown comic characters and connect the next movies while ignoring comic characters which are more important to the IG story, is at least worrying to me. Add to that the fact that the IG already exists as a whole in Odin's vault and the rumor that Thanos will try to steal it from there in Thor 2 and also that Thanos is, if not the ultimate, one the greatest villains in MU who should not be introduced so quickly in the MCU, then i have a bad feeling about his whole treatment from the Marvel studio.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Thanos will be totally CG, right?

    by Cobb05

    Maybe they'll do motion capture, but the actor will more than likely just be a voice, which might even get fixed digitally to make it sound different. So why not let Nathan Fillion play Thanos?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Yeah, the talking Racoon and Thanos may be Marvel's Waterloo

    by parissun

    but I'll be in every theater watching it unfold. Phase 2 is either going to be glorious success or glorious mess.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    No interest

    by 2soon2eat

    I won't be seeing Guardians, so I guess I'll have to see where the story picks up in Avengers 2. Really depressing that they are tying both films directly together. Can't believe Stark will share the same cinematic universe as squirrel boy and tree man, I just hope they aren't in the same movie.

  • and the way Thanos defeated each of the gems ultra-powerful owners. Having the Gauntlet being just another McGuffin in Odin's vault cheapens the story x5. The storyline NEEDS Adam Warlock, Silver Surfer, and the quest for the infinity gems in order to really work.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    deelzbub exactly

    by jack

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    GoG doubters: there's a whole series out there...

    by Larry Sellers

    You know, if you want to give it a shot first before writing the movie off as squirrel boy (??) and tree man. Most of you just seem to be looking at the concept art, title, and then forming some half-assed opinion. I do get why everyone gets hung up on Rocket Raccoon. Yes, you're absolutely right that it's an anthropomorphic raccoon. But is it completely impossible for you to fathom that there's an actual character beyond that? You can always pick up the comic and see for yourself. It's not like the plot and characters are going to be a COMPLETE mystery for the next couple of years.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Jim Starlin owns the rights to Thannos

    by mike

    The movie can't be done without accessing the rights from him, which they only had for the first avengers movies, him signing off is a big deal

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    why not let Nathan Fillion play Thanos?

    by Smerdyakov

    Yeah, because he's sure getting big enough.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Does anyone know why Adam Warlock isn't being used in the GotG movie?

    by Detective_Fingerling

    Just doesn't make much sense to me.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I kind of expected Nova to be the new addition

    by Brigon

    I'm a little disapointed now. Thanos being included was a given.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by john

    a movie with a talking raccoon can't measure up to a movie with a walking carpet that communicates in growls, a wise and prophetic green puppet, a dapper robot and a space pimp?

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I was hoping you would say SPIDERMAN

    by ReefShark

    The money grubbing screw-ups need to get him in the mix here...

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by ShakaLaka Lambo

    Lex Luthor vs. the Kingpin advantage.Kingpin (but to be honest J. Jonah Jameson could take Luthor) Lobo vs. Wolverine...Do I need to tell you who would win that fight? A. Wolverine Darkseid vs contest Thanos would kick Darkseid's Backside. The Joker vs. The Green Goblin again no contest though admittingly i'm a huge fan of The Clown Prince of Crime but the Goblin's Glider gives him huge edge not to mention the super strength and healing that the Gobby Formula gave ol' Normey. Penguin vs. Doc Ock contest again. Doc's arms would send Cobblepot back to the artic. Speaking of cold... Mr. Freeze vs. Pyro ...cmon fire melts ice everytime Croc vs. the Lizard... this ones tougher to call but I gotta go with the Lizard Venom/Carnage vs. there ain't nobody in DC's roster that would have a prayer against either of the symbiotic badasses. nuff said

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Re:Thanos=Darkseid-lite, and neither is interesting to most people.

    by SgtHowie

    I'd go even further than that - neither is even KNOWN by most people! TBH *I* never even heard of Thanos before the Avengers movie, and I read *loads* of Marvel comics in my youth. It doesn't matter at all, the movie will explain what the audience need to know. Also, why should a talking racoon be a problem? Someone posted earlier that GotG can't be an Empire Strikes Back because it has a talking racoon. Well The Empire Strikes Back and a talking fucking frog with the voice of Fozzie Bear, and that worked out ok!

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Sorry but Thanos has better stories than Darkseid...

    by Tom

    Jim Starlin is the one to thank for making Thanos all awesome character that he is. The original stories with Captain Marvel, Drax and Warlock- great stuff! Then the Infinity stuff, again great frick'n stories!!! As a character I like Darkseid better, but Darkseid has no stories that can top the ones Thanos has. Even when Jim himself wrote Cosmic Odyssey for Darkseid it wasn't that great (and he messed up the concept of the anti-life equation).

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Τhanos = Metron with the physique of Darkseid

    by jack

    Stalin himself has stated that. The guy uses a space-chair to travel through the space-time continuum like Metron does.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Stalin had something to say about Thanos!?


    Didn't realize the dude was such a nerd. That's so awesome. Thanks for sharing that judenw!

  • I'm extremely excited as to where this is going I can't wait.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Darksied has more in common with Apocalypse then Thanos

    by Phategod2

    there both one characters without too much motivation. Thanos is one of the better vilians to come out of that particular time period.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Why has there been no mention of Adam Warlock???

    by la te ral us

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I've had enough Loki.

    by Ryan B

    Why would they keep using him when there's so many other villains to choose from? That'd be boring. We already saw at the end of Avengers all you need to do is sick Hulk on him.