Marvel Has a Secret Thanos

Posted 3:33 PM April 24th, 2014 by Jeff Giles
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We know Thanos is looming in the distance as the major baddie in Marvel's Phase Three movies, with his next appearance scheduled to take place in this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy (presumably to be followed by a major role in The Avengers 3). What we don't know is who's going to play him -- but as always, Marvel is a step ahead.

Studio chief Kevin Feige spilled the beans during a recent interview, admitting that "there is an actor" set to play the murderous villain, but "I’m not sure we want to announce it yet."

Marvel's always pretty secretive about this stuff, but there's only so hush-hush a studio can be, so the easy guess here is Vin Diesel; yes, he's already set to play Groot in Guardians, but that character only ever says three words, and as cool as it is to have him mo-capping a tree-like alien, it's easy to believe that he's also waiting in the wings to bring his trademark malevolent intensity to bear on one of the nastiest characters in the Marvel universe.

That's just a guess, of course -- and given how successful Marvel's been when it comes to lining up talent, we wouldn't be surprised if they ended up getting someone completely out of left field. Either way, they'll know long before we do. It's the Marvel way.

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