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While doing interviews for his current film Burnt, Cooper was asked who the big bad is going to be in the upcoming Guardians sequel. In an amazing moment in the history of modern film marketing, he actually gives us an answer, which is then ruined when we realize that Cooper isn’t actually sure what he’s talking about.
But Josh Brolin’s the villain, right? Or he’s the main villain, no? He was in the first one. He played what’s his name’s dad.
Cooper gives the information matter of factly, likely because it seems obvious and he doesn’t consider it a big spoiler. Josh Brolin, a.k.a Thanos, is the bad guy, because of course he is, right? He was the guy behind everything in the first movie, so why wouldn’t he be the bad guy here. Of course, while Thanos did put plans in motion, he was never the direct antagonist of the Guardians. It’s not too much of a stretch to assume that Thanos will be involved in the sequel, but the fact that Cooper doesn’t mention anybody else gives the impression that he may not have a middle man the next time around. Of course, all this theorizing is predicated on Cooper not being confused about everything else, which does appear to be entirely the case.
Cooper talks with MTV about Thanos being "what’s his name’s dad", and what’s his name, based on the scene description he gives, appears to be referring to the first film’s villain, Ronan the Accuser (not Star-Lord, which we know was your first thought). This would be interesting information if it were true, except it is not. Not everybody with blue skin in the first movie is related. Of course, if we want to theorize with no data whatsoever, we could wonder if Cooper is getting his Guardians scripts confused. Is he referring to a scene in the new film and not the old one, as he thinks? Thanos does have a son in the Marvel comics world, named Thane. We met two of Thanos’ children in the first film, will we meet another in the sequel? Watch the clip below and tell us what you think is going on here.
Confused yet? Let's add this fuel to the fire. James Gunn took to Twitter as this story made the rounds, and let fans know:
In response to all the stories coming out, Bradley Cooper didn’t reveal anything. He just got the script and hasn’t read it yet. I promise.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 9, 2015
To further nip the story in the bud, Gunn added:
That has not been revealed and Bradley doesn’t know the main villain (or didn’t at the time of the interview). https://t.co/GwVa7jeIZM— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) November 9, 2015
We’ll give Bradley Cooper a pass on this one. While most of the cast was very actively involved in the film, he would have spent most of his time reading Rocket Raccoon lines into a microphone in a closed booth. He probably didn’t focus on a lot of the details of other characters. Still, maybe he did give away more information than he should have. We just can’t find it mixed up in everything else.