Thanos is set to be Marvel's next great villain! Thanos is one of the most powerful beings in the MCU and he will obviously stop at nothing to acquire a fully complete Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos originally appeared in the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy and will be the primary villain leading up to The Avengers: Infinity War. We have been waiting in immense anticipation for Thanos to take over as the lead villain and thanks to director James Gunn revealed that he was supposed to be the primary villain in GOTG, that really would have shaken up the MCU a lot!
So, Thanos was meant to be the original villain?
During a live video Q&A on Facebook, Director James Gunn revealed some very interesting information about the original script of Guardians of The Galaxy. When asked if he had to go back and re-write Thanos into the story when he took over, he responded with a "no" and went on to reveal a bit more about Thanos's original involvement in the story:
"That's just totally not all all true," Gunn replied to questioning regarding having to go back and add Thanos to the script. "When I came to Guardians there was a script, and Thanos was actually the bad guy in it the movie. I changed the script so that Ronan was the bad guy. Thanos became a part of that script."
Thanos was originally written up by writers to be the big baddie in GOTG, but Gunn changed it to his liking. It would have been interesting to see how this event would have impacted the MCU. So far, Thanos has been but a puppet master for villains in the attempt to acquire all of the Infinity Stones to complete his gauntlet. It is highly unlikely that the Guardians could have handled Thanos and I think changing the main villain to Ronan was the right choice. Gunn also had some very interesting comments in regards to former Marvel employees that were a bit confusing.
James Gunn makes reference to past Marvel employees
Apparently, there were members of the creative team for Guardians of The Galaxy who thought that Thanos should be removed from the film. Luckily, our beloved James Gunn came to the rescue and saved the Mad Titan from being cut! Citing that his amazing visuals in The Avengers as being the primary reason:
"There was a time later when we realized it was very difficult working Thanos into the script, but I wanted to keep him in the movie because I knew that people who liked Avengers would maybe be likely to see Guardians, which nobody knew Thanos was in the movie," Gunn continued. "So I kept him in there. He was a pain in the ass to put in the movie because of his connection and family relationship to Ronan and Gamora and Nebula."
There was a point in time where we may have not gotten Thanos at all in GOTG. Gunn also went on to comment on the people who thought that Thanos should be removed from the film:
"There was a group of people at Marvel who had a lot of ideas how things were suppose to be that aren't there any more,"
Is Gunn speaking about the Marvel Creative Committee that was disbanded a few months back? Possibly, but whoever they are obviously did not feel the same as Gunn did about Thanos and without good reason. At the end of the day, I am supremely happy that Thanos appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, even if he wasn't the main baddie. He should be even better in Avengers: Infinity War and it will truly be epic! Go Thanos!