Guardians of the Galaxy will be released on August 1 and director James Gunn has announced that the film will offer a sneak peek into The Avengers 3. For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who had doubts that there would be any connection between this motion picture and the other heroes, this announcement comes as welcome news. Apart from being busy with finding clues about what will happen in the third Avengers, fans will also learn more about Thanos, a villain that has been teased in the post-credits of the same franchise and is believed to be the main anti-hero in its third installment.
The upcoming movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, has characters that are not as famous as Tony Stark, Captain America, Thor or other superheroes. However, the villian Thanos is seen as a connection between the two films. The character has gone from the post-credits to an important part of the story.
Thanos: A Bridge Between Two Films
When Thanos appeared in the post-credits of The Avengers, not much was known about him, but Gunn stated that Guardians of the Galaxy offers the much-needed background on the villain. According to the director, Thanos murdered both Gamora and Nebula’s parents, “then raised them together as siblings.” The two bio-engineered super assassins then turned against him, but, even though he is rumored to have minimal screen time, he will play a key role.
Gunn also stated that Thanos is the “head of the snake,” which makes Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) the movie’s primary antagonist; the character played by Pace also shared history with the villain and with the two assassins. Knowing that Thanos’ mission is to obtain the orb previewed in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, it could mean that he wishes to gather the gems and inevitably reenact the famous Infinity Gauntlet. Since none of the next movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hint at such a plot, it might indicate that Guardians of the Galaxy offers a sneak peek into The Avengers 3.
Screen Rant believes that, in the plot of Avengers’ third installment, Thanos could come to Earth to collect some of the missing stones, so that he can begin putting together the Infinity Gauntlet, an object of great value which holds the six gems and offers its owner power over the universe. According to the same publication, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios’ president of production stated once that Thanos is a long-term villain who will be part of the Phase 3 movies.
Director James Gunn’s statement, according to which Guardians of the Galaxy offers a sneak peek into The Avengers 3 walks hand in hand with the marketing slogan of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., namely “It’s all connected.” As a result, uniting two movies through a supervillain is not far-fetched; on the contrary, Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be released on August 1 has grown in popularity ever since fans found out that it could offer clues that lead to the fate of their favorite superheroes.
By Gabriela Motroc