Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says to think of Thanos as the big boss at the end of the video games — so in other words expect him to close out the trilogy of films in The Avengers 3…
Just about everybody and their brother was wondering when Joss Whedon premiered the title for The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron what exactly happened with Thanos?
The Avengers ended with Loki defeated and the group of heroes standing together with unwavering public support, but in an Easter egg moment after the final scene in classic Marvel form the real villain behind the whole sinister plot was revealed and it was none other than the Mad Titan himself — Thanos.
One of the most classic villains in Marvel history — the man who helped mold the Infinity Gauntlet into one of the greatest weapons in comic lore — was the one behind the alien invasion on Earth in hopes of taking over while still ruling from an asteroid in a galaxy far, far away.
Most fans assumed with that kind of titanic reveal at the end of the first film that he would be back in the second movie, but instead Whedon chose to go with human killing, self aware robot Ultron instead.
Whedon explained after the announcement was made that Thanos was never meant to be in the second film, and now Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirms the same thing while also revealing that everybody should be on the lookout for the big bad’s arrival in the future — possibly in the final film of the trilogy ‘The Avengers 3‘.
Feige was asked in an interview with the Huffington Post if Thanos was essentially being used like the big boss in a video game — the one you meet when you finally reach the end level after defeating all of his minions. In other words Thanos is Shang Tsung or Bowzer or M. Bison.
“That’s …. we never thought of it exactly like that, but I’d say that’s a fair analogy, yes,” Feige said. “It’s also, you look at some classic story lines in the comics and they tease out characters like that — big bads like that — for sometimes years. I think Walter Simonson was teasing Surtur for years before he popped up. It’s fun to have the luxury to build somebody up like that.”
So there you have it kids — expect Thanos to pop up in one grand finale as The Avengers 3 gets underway in a few years. The actors and actresses, most notably Robert Downey Jr., have signed on for three films so unless something major changes that’s when the Mad Titan will return to a Marvel theater screen near you.
There have been teasers that Thanos may make an appearance in next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy film, but it’s not likely that he’ll be the main villain, only a side character once again introduced to tease the oncoming terror he’ll reign down on Earth in The Avengers 3.