The Many Surprise Cameos of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Though the central cast of Guardians of the Galaxy is particularly engaging, there are a few background players who might entail your attention as well. The sci-fi film boasts a handful of noteworthy cameos, by Marvel regulars and Gunn pals as well as particularly surprising individuals. Check out who played set dressing in the film! (Spoilers to follow, of course.)
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Rob Zombie as the Ravager Navigator
When James Gunn made the horror-comedy Slither he paid homage to an icon of the genre by having Rob Zombie play a voice-over role in the film. Eight year and two films later, Zombie is still popping up in Gunn's projects, this time as the Ravager Navigator. Is there any other role that could be more perfect for him?
Josh Brolin as Thanos
The most prominently featured character on this list has got to be Thanos, the Marvel Universe super villain who has been hinted at as a tremendous threat since the very end of The Avengers. Josh Brolin got his first taste of being the most powerful being in the galaxy, reclining on his throne, threatening Ronan the Accuser about the dangers of not upholding his end of the bargain and fanning the flames of sibling rivalry between Gamora and Nebula. Although something tells us that we haven't seen the last of him yet...
Nathan Fillion as a Kyln Inmate
Firefly frontman Nathan Fillion was probably the most anticipated background player in Guardians of the Galaxy, though his role as a Kyln inmate is contained to a few moments. Rumors of Fillion's appearance in the film stirred the interests of fans who were excited to see the actor take the step from Joss Whedon's celebrated television series into his cinematic universe. But Whedon isn't the direct connection here: Fillion starred in director James Gunn's first feature Slither, and had a smaller role in his second film Super.
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Lloyd Kaufman as Another Kyln Inmate
A legend in the B-movie game, Kaufman is more of a behind-the-scenes figure than an actor... although he does have plenty of roles to his name. In Guardians, the 69-year-old multihyphenate can be found in the intergalactic prison along with our heroes.
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Alexis Denisof as Thanos' Vizier
Though many fans were focused on finding Nathan Fillion's role in Guardians of the Galaxy, he wasn't the only Whedon-regular to make an appearance: Alexis Deinsof, former Buffy and Angel regular, popped up as Thanos' Vizier, The Other. Denisof was actually reprising a role he played in the end-credits scene of The Avengers, which means he should have a proper starring role in about two more films' time.
Tyler Bates as a Ravager
When it comes to superhero movie soundtracks, almost everything pales in comaprison to Guardians of the Galaxy. But when Peter Quill isn't dancing around to the greatest hits of the '70s, the music was provided by composer and producer Tyler Bates. In order to show his gratitude, James Gunn let Bates - who also scored Gunn's 2011 film Super - make an on-screen appearance as a Ravager, which is the only gang that might be more fun than the Guardians themselves.
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Stan Lee as... Stan Lee
For some fans, part of the fun of watching a Marvel movie is hunting for Stan Lee's cameos, which have become more creative and prominent as the Cinematic Universe expands. This time around, he was a "Xandarian Ladies Man," who was mocked by Rocket as he searched for Quill in the city center, but as with every cameo, he was really just playing Stan Lee.
James Gunn as a Sakaaran
Considering how much fun it was to watch Guardians of the Galaxy, it must have been just as much fun to make, so it's no surprise that James Gunn would want to hop out of the director's chair and into the action. Gunn made a quick cameo as a Sakaaran soldier, who were with Korath when he found Peter Quill and the Orb on Morag. Think he was the one Quill called a "Ninja Turtle?"
And Seth Green as...
Howard the Duck. Yes, Green (who has done his share of voicing Marvel characters on animated series) lent his vocal profundity to the most detested character to spring from the Marvel pages to the big screen. Howard appears in the post-credits stinger as a prisoner and companion to Benicio del Toro's "The Collector," offering a caustic quip (courtesy of Green) to close out the feature with an apropos dose of pop culture comedy.