by Brett White
The Marvel news keeps on keepin’ on with this latest “Guardians of the Galaxy” rumor. Latino Review has a hunch that Thanos won’t be working alone when he starts terrorizing our heroes at some point during Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The latest Marvel movie rumor (in a day full of ’em) is that the Controller will be serving as Thanos’ main henchman and ambassador in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
The Controller, whose real name is the delightful-sounding Basil Sandhurst, is a super villain specializing in mind control. Sandhurst was placed into a protective exoskeleton after barely surviving a lab explosion. He then used technology to master the art of mind control, coming into conflict with Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. He later crossed paths with Thanos, who upgraded his tech and offered ruler of Earth in exchange for temporary servitude. Their plan didn’t really shake out (Captain Mar-Vell put a stop to them) so Thanos left the Controller for dead. The Controller has kept a relatively low profile since then.
While the Controller isn’t a name villain, his power set is not that far-fetched and doable on the big screen (this is especially important when considering the budget consumed by all-CG characters like Groot and Rocket Raccoon). Having a villain of Earthly origins would also help ground the out-of-this-world “Guardians,” and his role of “ambassador” makes sense given Thanos’ burgeoning interest in our planet.
Marvel has remained rather tight-lipped about where ol’ prune-chin (which is definitely Thanos’ nickname) will show up next, and “Guardians” is the most obvious place. The space-faring team threw down with the mad Titan in their ongoing comic book series. The team also includes Drax the Destroyer; the “destroyer” part specifically refers to destroying Thanos, Drax’s sole purpose in life. It’ll be a colossal missed opportunity if those two don’t meet up in “Guardians.”
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