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Marvel Studios has been piecing together an expansive cinematic universe, bringing back familiar faces like Iron Man and Thor for sequels after 2012’s The Avengers, but have also found room to give lesser known characters their time to shine.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set to hit theaters on August 1st, a movie that (title-implied) will focus on the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. And although you can rule out seeing Captain America make an appearance, there is still a deep-seeded factor that ultimately connects the Avengers characters with the Guardians.
In the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, fans were introduced to the on-screen debut of Thanos, the mad titan who, in the comics, wields the Infinity Gauntlet; a godlike weapon that supplies its user with infinite power. Since then, fans have wondered just when we would see the return of Thanos, and when this whole “Infinity Gauntlet” story arc could play out. We have already been introduced to three, maybe four of the “Infinity stones” that make up the Gauntlet (the Tesseract, the Aether, the orb previewed in Guardians, and quite possibly the gem in Loki’s scepter).
It has previously been confirmed that the villain will have a “presence” in Guardians of the Galaxy, but very little information besides that had been revealed. We know that the movie’s main antagonist, Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace) will be a henchman of the Mad Titan’s, and it was recently revealed that Thanos will be motion-captured in the flick, similar to Groot (Vin Diesel) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper). However, Thanos once again will probably not see too much screen time, making the whole “presence” factor have a lot more credibility.
At least fans can rest easy knowing they will be seeing more of Thanos just a few months from now, but this also raises the question of just how connected the actual team of Guardians will be to the Avengers; and if so, will they ever meet up and fight together? We already know that next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will see the title character, Ultron, as the main villain, so at best we’d only be seeing Thanos in a brief glimpse once again.
So is it likely that Avengers 3 (likely in 2018) will tell the long-rumored Infinity Gauntlet story, featuring Thanos? It appears that it’s a plan, and Guardians director James Gunn recently (very simply) confirmed it in an interview with EW:
“We’re definitely connected to Avengers 3.”
It is now safe to assume that, come 2018, we will most likely be seeing Groot interact with Hulk, Rocket Raccoon interact with Captain America, and, perhaps most importantly, Peter Quill and Tony Stark.
What do you think about the Infinity Gauntlet taking shape as the plot for Avengers 3? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned here for all of your Marvel Studios news.
Written by Josh Sazin on 4/11/14, with a link to EW and pic from Screen Rant