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Will Guardians of the Galaxy Fight an Old Iron Man Foe?

controller A lot of people probably scratched their heads when Marvel last summer that Guardians of the Galaxy would be part of its Phase Two plans, joining heavy hitters like Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier and The Avengers 2.

Guardians will supposedly take place in outer space, expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the far reaches of the cosmos. But who will they be facing off against? Warning: Potential spoilers!

While we don’t know a whole lot about the film, Latino Review reports a pretty big rumor: The Controller will be one of the main villains, working for Thanos (who memorably made his big-screen debut in the post-credits scene of The Avengers).

Once known as Basil Sandhurst, The Controller designed a suit to give him enhanced physical abilities as well as slave discs that allow him to control the wearer while also absorbing their brain energy to make himself stronger. Controller was introduced in 1969’s Iron Man #12, and has been hassling the armored hero ever since. Eventually, Basil got an equipment upgrade thanks to Thanos, who tasked the baddie with enslaving as many people as possible in exchange for control of Earth.

So, Controller not only has a connection to Iron Man, who’s been rumored to have some kind of role in Guardians of the Galaxy, but also to Thanos. How will this play out in the James Gunn film, which stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax and possibly Zoe Saldana as Gamora?

Guardians of the Galaxy opens Aug. 1, 2014.


  • matt

    A lot of people are really hung up on the whole Rocket Raccoon/ talking raccoon thing not gelling with the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe but one thing nobody is thinking about is how much of a good thing Guardians can be. If its a good movie (which I don’t doubt it will be) it kinda opens the door for almost any Marvel comic to now be adapted into a film. It doesn’t really matter how obscure the comic. It gives me hope that we would eventually see a Heroes for Hire, or Young Avengers, or Thunderbolts.

  • joeybaloney

    I don’t get how folks aren’t on board with RR. The thought of Tony Stark interacting with a talking space raccoon seems like cinematic comedic gold to me.

  • Gary John Francis Reed

    I yearn for Howard The Duck’s involvement…. but only the 80s version that became a music manager or whatever it was. Pure GOLD!

  • Rob Grundy

    Is it worth putting spoilers half way through an article with that title and a picture of The Controller at the top that features a speech bubble that says ‘I… The Controller’? Not that I mind, but y’know.

  • darthtigris

    Another MCU rumor from Latino Review? Pass …

  • demoncat_4

    would not be surprised given marvel likes to have more then one bad guy in their films. if the controller does show up in guardians of the galaxy to do thanos dirty work.

  • kingofallgeeks

    I’m not familiar with The Controller, but at this point I completely trust Marvel to put out a great movie. As far as RR, people may be skeptical now but if they do him right, he can be a huge star.