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James Gunn's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' isn't just moving along, it's in an all-out blitz. Just yesterday it was announced that Zoe Saldana was in final negotiations to play female lead Gamora in the interstellar superhero team-up. This was of course on the heels of Dave Bautista landing the role of Drax the Destroyer and of course Chris Pratt being cast as group leader Peter Quill (alias Star-Lord). But who would our collected heroes be facing in the film? Last September, Jim Starlin, creator of the character Thanos stated that the death-worshiping titan himself would be the film's principal antagonist. Gunn has neither confirmed nor denied this bit of news, but today another source claims that if in fact Thanos is the villain, he will not be alone. Latino Review is reporting that Basil Sandhurst, aka The Controller, will be added to the proceedings as Thanos' main henchman and ambassador. The Controller, a regular Iron Man foe, specializes in mind control; effectively striking any enigmatic quality from his name. Marvel has not confirmed this report.
One of the things I'm always hyper-concerned about with superhero movies is their striking right balance of villains. Mostly this comes down to a numbers game, to not overloading the film with bad guys. However, in the case of 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' as a hero team adventure, the balance becomes making the antagonist, or antagonists, formidable enough to justify the assembling of an entire cadre of superheros. If there is one foe powerful enough to make a five-on-one, or possibly six-to-one, hero to baddie ratio a fair fight, it's Thanos. That's not to say there can't be any other evil characters in the mix, but it does represent exactly why I'm glad that The Controller is apparently going to operate in a henchman capacity. My guess is, being unfamiliar with this character's comic run, that he'll be utilized in a similar function as was Alexis Denisof's The Other in 'The Avengers.' Now as per usual with these "scoops," we need to take this information with a grain of salt until there is official confirmation. However, now the question becomes, which working actor should land the role?
What do you guys think? Are you excited that The Controller might be added to 'The Guardians of the Galaxy' roster? Who do you think should play him?
Source: Latino Review