By now the mid-credits scene has been firmly established as a trademark of the Marvel Studios series of films, and even though Avengers: Age of Ultron didn’t have a funny little shwarma-like scene at the end, it did feature at least a little something that teases… Something. Featuring a character… Well, you know. Obviously, to discuss the implications, you have to know what it is and that’s a spoiler, but for those of you who have already seen Age of Ultron, and according to the box office numbers there were a lot of you, I’m sure you’re wondering about the thing that guy had and the other thing that he said, and Marvel producer Kevin Feige is here to explain.
Unless you’re already in the know, prepare to be spoiled in…
As you know, James Brolin shows up halfway through the credits as Thanos, grabbing what looks like the Infinity Gauntlet sans Infinity Gems, saying that he’s going to do it himself, I guess referring to the collection of the gems. Apparently there’s some confusion about this because in two Thor movies now we’ve seen the Infinity Gauntlet sitting in Odin’s vault, so /Film took the question to Feige himself.
/Film: Where is the Infinity Gauntlet when we see it in the credits? Wasn’t it in Odin’s Vault?
Feige: Ah, well, I won’t tell you too much but he is not grabbing it from Odin’s Vault. That is not [Odin’s Vault].
/Film: So wherever that is has been thought out, is specific and will be answered?
Considering that four of the six Infinity Gems have been revealed independent of the Gauntlet, I think it’s safe to say that whatever is in Odin’s vault is some kind of fugazi. There are likely three more opportunities for Thanos to gather the Infinity Gems and for the remaining two gems to be uncovered, Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Speaking of the GOTG, Feige also noted how early audiences reacted to the appearance of Thanos in Age of Ultron, and oddly enough, despite the character’s first screen appearance at the end of The Avengers, more people recognized Thanos for his role in Guardians of the Galaxy instead.
I’ll tell you something funny, which is great, working on all these movies and going from ‘What’s ant-man, is ant-man gonna work?’ Cut to a year ago it was Guardians, ‘What’s Guardians again, hows that going to connect?’ In some of the early screenings of Age of Ultron, when you see Thanos as the end of course, some of the comments we got back were great. Which was, ‘Oh I love seeing that guy from Guardians at the end.’ And ‘I love the connection with Guardians’ I was like, of course, more people know him from that . He did one turn of his head in The Avengers and he has a scene in Guardians. And I love that. I love that Guardians now has its place amongst the pantheon.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is in theaters everywhere.