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Benicio Del Toro is joining Marvel for a major role in Guardians of the Galaxy and future films

06.03.2013

After months of waiting for casting to begin on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY we have gotten a slew of announcements over the past week including news of Glenn Close, Karen Gillan, and John C. Reilly joining the superhero squad that already features Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, and Dave Bautista. But, in what may be the biggest signing of all is news that Benicio Del Toro will be joining James Gunn's intergalactic superhero movie as well.

According to Deadline, Del Toro is not just signed for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY but an option for multiple future Marvel movies. Whether this means a hero part, a villain, or potentially a character to tie franchises together like Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury remains to be seen. What it does guarantee is yet another incredibly talented actor will grace the world of Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

Benicio Del Toro is one hell of an actor. Even in the disappointing THE WOLFMAN he brought an intensity and hammy approach that would work well in the superhero genre. Del Toro was originally purused to play the Benedict Cumberbatch role in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS which would have been his biggest profile film in years. His last starring role was THE WOLFMAN in 2010 and has since worked with Oliver Stone in SAVAGES and will appear in Paul Thomas Anderson's INHERENT VICE.

Now, the speculation will begin. Cinema Blend believes Del Toro could be playing either Doctor Strange or Thanos, both characters I would be happy to have cast by this Academy Award winner. Now, will his identity be kept a secret until the release of the film?

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3:50PM on 06/04/2013
I smell Thanos.
I smell Thanos.
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8:36AM on 06/04/2013
Certainly a wide range of actors in this. Great to see a veteran actor like Del Toro break into this genre.
Certainly a wide range of actors in this. Great to see a veteran actor like Del Toro break into this genre.
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3:01AM on 06/04/2013
I could see him as Adam Warlock
I could see him as Adam Warlock
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2:22AM on 06/04/2013
He was the only good thing about Savages. This movie has one heck of a good cast, so Marvel must be putting in all the marbles for this movie as well as for future movies.
He was the only good thing about Savages. This movie has one heck of a good cast, so Marvel must be putting in all the marbles for this movie as well as for future movies.
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10:43PM on 06/03/2013
Ronan the Accuser? He's crossed paths with Thanos and the GoG. [link]
Ronan the Accuser? He's crossed paths with Thanos and the GoG. [link]
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10:43PM on 06/03/2013

really really like the cast for this

I dont know a whole lot about Guardians but I'm getting really excited for this movie
I dont know a whole lot about Guardians but I'm getting really excited for this movie
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8:18PM on 06/03/2013

Welcome Aboard

Great news here. Could he be anyone other than Thanos? I personally don't think it's Strange, just 'cause I'm thinking they'd go a bit younger with that particular casting (just my opinion). How often do Dr. Strange and the Guardians cross paths in the comics? I'm not familiar with these guys that much, so I don't know.. In terms of a character who'll span more than a few films but make his first appearance in Guardians, who else could it be? Del Toro's casting screams villain, and of
Great news here. Could he be anyone other than Thanos? I personally don't think it's Strange, just 'cause I'm thinking they'd go a bit younger with that particular casting (just my opinion). How often do Dr. Strange and the Guardians cross paths in the comics? I'm not familiar with these guys that much, so I don't know.. In terms of a character who'll span more than a few films but make his first appearance in Guardians, who else could it be? Del Toro's casting screams villain, and of course, the multi-film deal points to Thanos. But are there other roles? Any chance it's someone like Vision?
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2:09AM on 06/04/2013
The Guardians and Dr. Strange have crossed paths before, but usually as part of a larger cross-over. He's not one of their usual go-to allies or anything. So I agree, I really doubt that Del Toro's been cast as him. Personally, I think there's a 95% chance that he's either Thanos or Adam Warlock, who like Nova was mentioned early on as being in the film.

For my money, Lee Pace is Richard Rider (the member of the Nova Corps that most people mean when they talk about "Nova" the superhero) and
The Guardians and Dr. Strange have crossed paths before, but usually as part of a larger cross-over. He's not one of their usual go-to allies or anything. So I agree, I really doubt that Del Toro's been cast as him. Personally, I think there's a 95% chance that he's either Thanos or Adam Warlock, who like Nova was mentioned early on as being in the film.

For my money, Lee Pace is Richard Rider (the member of the Nova Corps that most people mean when they talk about "Nova" the superhero) and Del Toro is Warlock. Del Toro signed a deal with an OPTION for more pictures, meaning they want him in case they need him. If he was Thanos I think it would have been a SET multi-picture deal, just like they've signed most of their key actors to.
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7:16PM on 06/03/2013

Every film needs more Del Toro.

Even THE SAVAGES, which sucked, was another stellar performance by BDT. I hope it isn't Thanos. It would be a waste of his talent.
Even THE SAVAGES, which sucked, was another stellar performance by BDT. I hope it isn't Thanos. It would be a waste of his talent.
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6:37PM on 06/03/2013

Oh yes.

Yeah, that's about it. Fantastic news. I just don't get why they won't freaking announce who they're playing when they sign them though. I mean we're going to find out who they're playing sooner or later so it really doesn't matter when that is, unless they're just holding out for the Comic Con presentation, at which point it'll get leaked a couple of weeks beforehand anyway.
Yeah, that's about it. Fantastic news. I just don't get why they won't freaking announce who they're playing when they sign them though. I mean we're going to find out who they're playing sooner or later so it really doesn't matter when that is, unless they're just holding out for the Comic Con presentation, at which point it'll get leaked a couple of weeks beforehand anyway.
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5:38PM on 06/03/2013

I'm guessing he's going to be...

Rocket Raccoon
Rocket Raccoon
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4:22PM on 06/03/2013
Damn, I forgot he was pursued for John Harrison. Cumberbatch killed it in Trek, but I wonder how Del Toro would have been. I hope his Marvel role is on the heroic side - he could pull off a tortured character like Dr. Strange or Namor with panache.
Damn, I forgot he was pursued for John Harrison. Cumberbatch killed it in Trek, but I wonder how Del Toro would have been. I hope his Marvel role is on the heroic side - he could pull off a tortured character like Dr. Strange or Namor with panache.
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4:07PM on 06/03/2013
Interestingly… I haven’t seen many of his movies. In fact, I don’t remember seeing him in anything other than Sin City…no…I tell a lie…there was this other movie I saw him in…where he killed some guy by accident …and the person who benefits from a body organ of the person that died …falls in love with the wife of that deceased guy …who then asks him to kill the Del Toro character …oh fook it …I’m blubbering …it was a very late night …I was tired and only remembered the movie coz I was busting
Interestingly… I haven’t seen many of his movies. In fact, I don’t remember seeing him in anything other than Sin City…no…I tell a lie…there was this other movie I saw him in…where he killed some guy by accident …and the person who benefits from a body organ of the person that died …falls in love with the wife of that deceased guy …who then asks him to kill the Del Toro character …oh fook it …I’m blubbering …it was a very late night …I was tired and only remembered the movie coz I was busting a brain cell trying to recall something else I’d seen Del Toro in… so anywayz …think he’ll be great as either Dr Strange or Thanos.
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4:44PM on 06/03/2013
21 Grams. And your rambling description is fitting of the narrative used for that movie.
21 Grams. And your rambling description is fitting of the narrative used for that movie.
4:06PM on 06/03/2013
SUB MARINER!!!

Seriously, its amazing how much confidence everyone has in Marvel & Disney. This flick gets new casting everyday & eeverybody LOVES it while the overcrowded new X-flick is practically already declared a travesty....
SUB MARINER!!!

Seriously, its amazing how much confidence everyone has in Marvel & Disney. This flick gets new casting everyday & eeverybody LOVES it while the overcrowded new X-flick is practically already declared a travesty....
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3:52PM on 06/03/2013
Hell yeah. Great actor.
Hell yeah. Great actor.
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3:26PM on 06/03/2013
I could see him as Doctor Strange.

Either way this is good casting whoever he plays, hero or villain.
I could see him as Doctor Strange.

Either way this is good casting whoever he plays, hero or villain.
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2:44PM on 06/03/2013

A hungry and extremely talented actor.....

I hope it's doctor strange to be honest. Fuck the haters. He has a very quite but intense presence on the screen he would be a vary capable Stephen Strange only maybe behind Vigo.
I hope it's doctor strange to be honest. Fuck the haters. He has a very quite but intense presence on the screen he would be a vary capable Stephen Strange only maybe behind Vigo.
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2:34PM on 06/03/2013
Good cast gets better. WHO'S NEXT? CHRISTOPH WALTZ!?!?@
Good cast gets better. WHO'S NEXT? CHRISTOPH WALTZ!?!?@
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6:05PM on 06/03/2013
As Groot ! hehehe
As Groot ! hehehe
2:31PM on 06/03/2013
Thanos?
Thanos?
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