Earlier this week while attending the Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-Ray release event, director James Gunn discussed with IGN the forthcoming DC films, Thanos, his parallels to DC major big bad Darkseid, and if DC should take a similar route with the villain as an intergalactic threat in a future DC movie universal storyline.
"That would be pretty weird, I think," Gunn said. "That would be a strange choice."
Regarding the development of the DC cinematic universe, Gunn said it could go either way.
"The truth is, it's a list of titles, and if they're done well they'll be good," he said. "If they aren't, they won't be good. But I think we have a little bit more of an idea of what we're getting with Marvel. I mean, we know the actors, we know the characters -- we've seen movies with these characters. You have some idea of what's going on already. We've told a big part of the story. With DC, they haven't told the story yet.”
Thanos has debuted in the Marvel Cinematic universe, appearing in both Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Created by Jim Starlin, the Mad Titan was actually inspired and influenced by Darkseid. Gunn concedes that the Death-obsessed intergalactic threat needs more development before he’s unleashed on Marvel’s heroes.
"He's just a blip in this movie," Gunn said of the Thanos' role in Guardians. "So he needs a lot more development before he can take on the entire, you know, Marvel Earth Universe at least. So we'll see what happens."