When we saw the big ‘ole ugly mug (if chins could kill) of Thanos in The Avengers post credits, we fans immediately assumed he was being set up as the villain in Avengers 2. Well, that’s not happening. Consider his appearance a piece of dangling fruit, and just when you go to reach for it… Joss Whedon slaps you in the face and proceeds to whisper “Age of Ultron” in your ear. Is it odd I’m turned on by that visual?
Those three magic words, which were announced at Comic Con, signaled a completely different direction than what we all speculated. And, according to Whedon, that was the plan all along. Here’s what Whedon recently said to Total Film (via Comic Book Movie):
We have to stay grounded. It’s part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It’s science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He’s always been the overlord of villainy & darkness.
Nah. I’m calling shenanigans on this one. It was clear that in The Avengers the mastermind behind Loki’s plan was Thanos. Marvel teased him because he WAS going to be the next villain until the plans changed. Unless, maybe, he’s to be teased again in Guardians of the Galaxy, and then be the ultimate big-bad. The ender of all things come time when all of Marvels movies comes to a close with Avengers 3. Eh, there I go assuming again.
Whether The Avengers are to fight a purple chinned galaxy goblin, or a mechanical maniac with a messiah complex, I will follow Marvel blindly as long as Feige and Whedon are running things. I have faith.