Marvel's Kevin Feige Chats Villain Thanos and Their Future Plans
Thanos is coming. Just the other day, it was confirmed from a Marvel insider that Thanos, the big purple villain at the end of The Avengers, would be the big bad villain in a number of upcoming movies, including Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2. No big surprise, as that's exactly what/why they were teasing when he showed up in the credits anyway. Yep, time for the Infinity Gauntlet and more. Its going to lead up to something epic and they're scheming. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently chatted with MTV and confirmed Thanos is up-and-coming and spoke a bit about future plans. He even mentions Phase Three.
Feige confirms the obvious about Thanos' appearance: "Clearly, there's a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie. We do have plans for him." Indeed, as they hinted at the day the Infinity Gauntlet showed up at Comic-Con. "There's a great track record now about lobbing something in at the last moment to get the audience buzzing," Feige says. Now that we know Thanos will be involved in a lot of the big Marvel movies coming up, the questions have shifted to what exactly his involvement is and how soon we'll see him again.
"I wouldn't say we ever feel the need to rush anything one way or the other. We succeeded in Phase One because we stuck to our guns and stuck to the plan. That plan took place over many, many years and it ultimately paid off. I see Phase Two unfolding in the same way of us taking our time, us doing what's right for each individual movie, while folding in elements that will not only build up to the culmination of Phase Two, but even Phase Three."
It was just confirmed that James Gunn is directing Guardians of the Galaxy, and Joss Whedon is already thinking about Avengers 2, so they're already headed down the Phase Two path. In the Avengers credits tag, the purple alien was played by bit actor Damion Poitier, but Feige leaves open the possibility for many changes to come. "I think we feel pretty free to recast. That was cast for literally that one shot. Depending on what the role requires from future movies, we'll go from there." Ambiguous response as always. "I love when the experience goes beyond the movie theater and encourages people to look deeper into our universe," Feige adds. The excitement that Thanos has caused is just the start of things to come with Marvel, I'm sure.
There are a few more Feige quotes in MTV's article about their future plans. With Thor: The Dark World already in production, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier starting soon, we'll have plenty of updates.