Post his special end-credits scene in The Avengers, fans are eagerly-awaiting to see more of Marvel supervillain – Thanos.
A report by Vulture has revealed the extent of his role in the upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy, and looks like the Josh Brolin voiced villain is all set to shake things up.
As per the report, Thanos' first appearance in Guardians will be via hologram - similar to Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back.
He will also be seen in the flesh for a scene involving Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and Nebula (Katen Gillan), the film's primary antagonists who do his bidding, states an IGN report.
Vulture has learned that, "his presence is palpable throughout: Characters reference him often and fearfully, and he has familial ties to Gamora (Zoe Saldana), our green-skinned female lead."
Thanos' prime objective in the film might revolve around collecting the 'Infinity Stones' to assemble his powerful Gauntlet - "a golden glove that Thanos used in a classic comic-book storyline to wipe out half the universe and nearly every superhero," says the Vulture report.
In the comics, there are six such 'stones' — gems that can control Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, Time, and Power. During the end-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World, the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) came into possession of one of them, the swirling Aether, and had announced, "One down, five to go."
Fans would have likely seen two other Infinity Stones in the Marvel cinematic universe so far — the glowing Tesseract featured in Captain America and The Avengers, which corresponds to the Space Stone, and (as per popular theory) Loki's blue-hued scepter, which may be the Mind Stone.
Guardian of the Galaxy releases on July 31, 2014 in UK.