Comic Book Movies: Marvel Movie Space Villains

A lot of news came out of the 2013 San Diego Comic Con over the weekend.  The bits that interested me the most as a nerd came from the Marvel Cinematic universe panel.  Today I would like to talk a bit about Marvel comic book movies with a special focus on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.

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 We know who the main heroes are Peter Quill the Star Lord (played by Chris Pratt), Gamora the deadliest woman in the universe (played by Zoe Saldana), Drax the destroyer (played by Dave Bautista), Rocket Racoon and Groot, (although we still don’t know who is voicing those two).  Theses characters have become well known to comic book readers in the last few years and they are about to become known to mainstream audiences.  They are even set to appear in an episode of the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.  Everyone is already talking about them so I would like to take some time to look at the cast of the villains and their place in the Marvel universe.  We have heard that Thanos will be involved but still no word and how much of a part he will play.  The other villains include The Collector (played by Benincio Del Toro), Ronan the Accuser (played by Lee Pace), Korath the pursuer (played by Djimon Hounsou), and perhaps the most anticipated villain of the movie Nebula the lady space pirate (played by Karen Gillen).

 Of these villains Ronan the Accuser has the biggest name recognition right now among comic book readers.

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 Ronan has been active a lot in the Marvel space comics playing a key role in a number of events and storylines.

 Korath the pursuer is a bit more obscure.

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 The most recent thing Korath did in the comics was get assimilated by the Phalanx and he may or may not be dead.  Since Korath does not have as many defining moments or story roles this could open up the filmmakers to do whatever they want with him.  Ronan and Korath are both Kree in the comics so this could suggest that the Kree race have formed some alliance with Thanos or that they are in some way under his thumb.

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 The Collector is a cosmic being but not one of the more prominent ones.

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And of course there is Nebula who has gone rather underused in the comics but has managed to have a most impressive history.  She is a feared space pirate and started out claiming to be Thanos’ granddaughter, a claim that Thanos denies and tried to punish her for.  During that Nebula went up against Thanos and she managed to take the Infinity Guantlet away from him.

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 Think about that.  The Infinity Gauntlet is one of the most powerful cosmic items in the Marvel Universe and Thanos spent a lot of time and effort getting his hands on it and Nebula took it from him.  Now that is by far a bigger badass move than I can find in any of these other guys’ history and I hope that level of badassdom translates to the big screen.  But even with that in mind I am apprehensive about how Nebula will be handled.  I really hope she is a major player in the action and not just an evil henchwoman.

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 I can’t talk about Nebula with talking about the image of Karen Gillen with a shaved head that has been going around the internet.  I have watched the panel footage and Karen Gillan stole the show with that move.  Tom Hiddelston showing up in full Loki costume is cool but there is something so much more endearing about taking off your wig in front of so many people then throwing it out to them and immediately regretting it.  This leads me to the subject of Nebula’s bald head.

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 Nebula was not always bald and I can’t find any information on when or how she lost her hair.  Maybe it happened after Thanos tried to punish her for pretending to be his granddaughter; he did try to turn her into a “living sculpture of pain and death”.  Was losing her hair part of that?  Maybe there was no reason and someone at Marvel just decided that she should be bald one day.  I guess it’s not the most relevant issue, just something I am curious about.

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