Benicio Del Toro has joined the cast of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, according to a report from Deadline. It’s said to be a lead role in the film for the Academy Award winner (Traffic). Exactly what role it is, however, remains a mystery — and not one that it appears Marvel has any intention of ending at this time. But that won’t stop the whole Internet from speculating.
The deal reportedly includes options for multiple films, so that probably rules out of possibility of Del Toro playing a one-and-done villain like we’ve seen in many comic book movies in recent years. It doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be a good guy, though. Based on previous reports about casting for Guardians of the Galaxy, it sounds like all the heroes already have actors and actresses attached (with the possible exception of Rocket Raccoon — a character that will be rendered in CGI and will only need a voice actor).
So, what does that leave for Del Toro? The most common rumor out there right now is that he’ll play Thanos, a supervillain character that’s more than capable of supporting a multi-film arc. Those who saw The Avengers (which is just about everyone) and who stuck around until after the credits (not everyone, but hopefully most) may recall that Thanos was teased in this clip:
Previously, we heard that Karen Gillan had signed on to be the “main female villain” in the film, but her presence wouldn’t preclude Thanos from also being around to join in the carnage.
Other actors confirmed for the cast include Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker and even WWE wrestler Dave Bautista.