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After the casting of Josh Brolin as Thanos in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” most people were probably wondering how he’ll appear.
Per Marvel’s modus operandi, it won’t be a straight-up “Hey, check it out, I’m Thanos” type of appearance, but rather one that’s doled out until a big uber reveal in a big whoopie-do movie like, say, “The Avengers 3.”
According to Vulture, we now know how the purple-skinned fiend will first show up in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”:
Though Thanos didn’t appear until the very end of The Avengers, Vulture has learned that he’ll emerge in the first act of Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanos will be communicating remotely via hologram for most of the film — a move the Mad Titan likely cribbed from the equally enigmatic Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back — though he does show up in the purple flesh for a scene that also features Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), who do Thanos’s bidding and serve as the primary adversaries in Guardians. Still, though Thanos is only briefly glimpsed throughout Guardians, his presence is palpable throughout: Characters reference him often and fearfully, and he has familial ties to Gamora (Zoe Saldana), our green-skinned female lead.
Thanos, we’re told, will be trying to assemble his infamous Infinity Gauntlet, which would essentially make him invincible and require the combined might of the Marvel Universe to take him down. If you’ve been watching all the Marvel movies, you saw various powerful artifacts and items being used by various bad guys. Those, we’re told, will all figure prominently into how Thanos acquires his gauntlet, which features six powerful gem stones.
The whole thing, of course, will be partially based on the Marvel Comic book mega-crossover event “The Infinity Gauntlet” from the early ’90s by Jim Starlin. That was one of the most friggin’ epic company-wide crossovers I had ever read in my life, and is no surprise Kevin Feige probably had his eye on it since the very beginning.
Thanos is expected to make his first official Josh Brolin-played appearance in “Guardians” later this year before following it up with “Avengers 2″ in 2015.