'Guardians of the Galaxy': James Gunn on Thanos' role in the movie

It's no secret that Thanos is going to have a presence in "Guardians of the Galaxy." The galactic villain teased at the end of 2012's "The Avengers" will definitely make a reappearance in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film, but it's not clear to what extent he'll be a part of the movie.

Many speculate that Thanos will be "Guardians of the Galaxy's" central villain, and director James Gunn helped set the record straight about Thanos' role in the film during an interview with Zap2it at San Diego Comic-Con interview.

"Thanos is a cosmic character and he's in the middle of a lot of really bad stuff that's going on in the universe, and our galaxy in particular, and so he's a part of the story," Gunn says.

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the first new Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise that was not initially distributed by Paramount Pictures, which means it's the first one the studio has complete creative control over. Gunn opens up about how that will affect him as a director.

"The truth is with Marvel, and I think this is pretty true about the old movies too, they were always pretty self-enclosed," Gunn admits. "The great thing about Marvel, the thing I love about them the most, is that it's me and them. That is it. So it's like every decision on this movie is made by basically three or four people, and it's been great. I love Kevin Feige. Kevin Feige does things that I don't know how he does. So I listen to him, he listens to me because he knows what I do well, so it's been a really amazing marriage so far. It's been a great, great experience."

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is due in theaters on Aug. 1, 2014. It stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, John C. Reilly and Glenn Close.

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