Although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has announced many of the returning characters from the first movie, there has barely been any word about any of the new players. That changed yesterday when it was announced that unknown actress Pom Klementieff had been cast in a mysterious role, but there was another important news blurb that came from that. Apparently Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey was being looked at to play a baddie in the movie, but he turned down the role. Hmmm, curious.

If Marvel was pursuing McConaughey for a villainous role, that likely means he would have played the main antagonist. With shooting on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to begin early next year, there’s still time for the studio to find someone to take the role.The question is, who is this antagonist that he might have played. While we’ll no doubt learn in the coming weeks, for now here are the evildoers we think Marvel might have wanted him to breathe life into.

Thanos likes to get around, which means that Gamora and Nebula are only a few of his "children." In Thane’s case, he is actually the biological child of Thanos and an Inhuman woman. Thane lived most of his life unaware of his father, but when Thanos came calling on Earth looking for Thane, the young man was corrupted by the Mad Titan’s lieutenant Ebony Maw and manipulated into becoming something worse than Thanos. That seems like enough background to have Thane act as a proxy for Thanos in the MCU. Granted, Josh Brolin and Matthew McConaughey are almost the same age, but when it comes to aliens, there can be some leeway with the physical aging.

Thane’s presence would also be a good way to foreshadow the Inhumans for the movie watching-only audience, i.e. those not watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although their capital city Attilan has primarily stayed on Earth, it has gone out into the galaxy before. Perhaps at this point in the MCU, they’ve gone spaceborne and the Mad Titan came upon them in his travels, only instead of losing his son, he immediately took him and raised him to be a killer.

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