ronan the accuser guardians of the galaxy

Most have assumed that the Big Bad for Guardians of the Galaxy would likely be Thanos (you know, the big purple smirking hulk who’s really nihilistic and was chilling out in space during The Avengers), as his outsized interstellar persona seemed in keeping with the oddball sci-fi leanings of Guardians.  And while Marvel honcho Kevin Feige has confirmed in a new interview that Thanos will certainly be integral to Guardians of the Galaxy, he will not, in fact, be the primary villain.  That job goes to…

…Ronan the Accuser:  “Ronan The Accuser is very much the main bad guy.”

Lee Pace will play Ronan the Accuser, who thus far has only been described as an admiral for Thanos who is hunting down the Guardians.

Further, Feige added that while Guardians is somewhat separated from the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, it will still be heavily connected to the other films, and he confirms that it will take place roughly within the “Phase 2” timeline:

“It’s not exactly revealed what year or month it is in relation to the other Phase Two films. But yes, it’s the same time…We’ve already said that Thanos plays a part in it and is a character in it. That in and of itself should tell you it’s connected to the other worlds.”

Oh, and for those who are a little disappointed that Thanos isn’t the primary villain in Guardians of the Galaxy (likely because he’s being saved for The Avengers 3), take note:

“And Thanos is lurking above it all. You will learn more about Thanos in Guardians, for sure. Certainly you’ll get more than the one turn around and smirk. You’ll get much more than that!”

So don’t freak out, OK?

Guardians of the Galaxy is set for an August 1, 2014 release date.

What do you think of the Guardians news?

Source: /Film