After Josh Brolin was revealed as the voice behind villain Thanos in "Guardians of the Galaxy," Marvel fans wondered just how prominently the character would factor into the flick.
Now, Vulture has the scoop about Thanos's role in "Guardians," and while it's minimal from a screen time perspective, it's still fairly significant in terms of advancing the story for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The site reports that the villain will make an appearance via hologram in the first third of the film, and communicate with his henchmen Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) through that method for the duration of "Guardians."
Ronan and Nebula will stand in as the main antagonists in the film (doing Thanos's bidding), though Vulture notes that the villain's "presence is palpable throughout: Characters reference him often and fearfully, and he has familial ties to Gamora (Zoe Saldana), our green-skinned female lead." And the plot of "Guardians" serves as yet another piece in the puzzle of Thanos's all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet, a weapon that's powered by Infinity Stones that he must collect from throughout the galaxy.
At least one of those stones will be revealed/accumulated during "Guardians," Vulture writes, though which one specifically is up for debate. (There are six overall, and several have already been revealed through other MCU films, including "The Avengers," "Thor: The Dark World," and "Captain America.") This is all setting up Thanos for his ultimate showdown with the Avengers gang, most likely in "Avengers 3," per Vulture's analysis.
Sounds like Marvel fans are in for some MCU-building fun. See how everything falls into place when "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens on August 1.