Marvel’s Kevin Feige Talks the Purpose of Thanos in THE AVENGERS and Their Plans for Phase Two and Phase Three

     September 20, 2012


Marvel stuck one hell of a landing when Joss Whedon’s The Avengers hit theaters this past May and brought the studio’s “Phase One” of films to a close.  The tag at the end of the superhero juggernaut—a glimpse of supervillain Thanos—made for quite the tease regarding Phase Two, and over the past few months fans have been speculating as to how the purple guy will factor into the studio’s upcoming slate of films.  The most recent rumors have Thanos coming into play towards the end of Phase Two in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, which will likely bring Phase Two to a close and usher in a new slate of films for Phase Three.

Though Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is remiss to make any confirmations, he’s always happy to geek out about the Marvel universe and what’s coming up.  He recently spoke a bit about the studio’s plans for Thanos and how that factors in to not only Phase Two, but also Phase Three, and he addressed the possibility of recasting the role.  Hit the jump for more.

thanos-comic-book-imageSpeaking with MTV, Feige admitted that they were aware most of the Avengers moviegoers would be puzzled by the Thanos tease, but they loved the idea of sending audiences out of the theater talking about what they just saw:

“There’s a great track record now about lobbing something in at the last moment to get the audience buzzing. Particularly when it came to Thanos, [we knew] that most people in that audience had no idea who that purple guy was — but they could clearly tell he was important, and knew if they asked the two or three people sitting next to them, somebody would know who he was.”

Though the tease made for one hell of a conversation starter, that tag wasn’t thrown into the film for nothing:

“Clearly, there’s a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie. We do have plans for him. 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.”

In other words, don’t hold your breath for a Thanos sighting in Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World. Though Whedon and Marvel cast actor/stuntman Damion Poitier to portray the baddie at the end of The Avengers, Feige admits that they’ll probably recast the role when he reappears:

“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.”

As I mentioned in our earlier post regarding Thanos appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, it will likely be quite some time before we hear any solid word regarding the character.  That said, it’s clear from Feige’s comments that Marvel has some big plans for the villain in Phase Two.  As a refresher, here’s what the Phase Two lineup looks like as of right now:

  • Iron Man 3 – May 3rd, 2013
  • Thor: The Dark World – November 8th, 2013
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4th, 2014
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1st, 2014
  • The Avengers 2 – May 1st, 2015

Check out what Feige had to say about possible Hulk movies following The Avengers 2.  


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  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Gee, Guardians of the Galaxy. Did a little research and as a non-comic fan but a big action/adventure/superhero movie/TV fan – think this is a stupid, dumb, wasted idea to throw them in the mix with Thor, Captain America, iron Man, the Hulk, black Widow and hopefully additional Marvel Heroes like Dr. Strange and (Ms) Marvel or others. (I’m not into insect people either – Ant man, Wasp ahhhh NO!)

    • Kenny S

      At first glance I would agree….I like to think of myself as a casual comic book geek, that is, I read wiki articles, watch the various cartoons, and pick up a few graphic novels here and there. As such, my experience with GotG is pretty minimal. But consider this: how awesome is it that we live in a time where a fledgling production company made a few hits, was acquired by Disney, made one of the highest grossing films of all time, and then decides to expand on this universe in ways that most companies (ie Fox, Sony) would consider too risky? I don’t know much about GotG, but I know two things: Marvel has proved that it can make the fantastical work in a somewhat grounded universe (e.g. Thor and Iron Man are in the same movie-verse); second, if Marvel is making this movie, it’s for good reason. A space opera such as this won’t be cheap so it has to be good. And I for one want to see what Green Lantern failed to deliver: a Star Wars-esque movie with superheroes….bring on Phase 2

    • Get Em

      Yea well obviously you didn’t look far enough into your research because thanos is such a great power that the current phase one avengers would not b able to handle him.Gotg actually would b a perfect fit seeing as to how that team plays a part in thanos and his history throughout marvel.

  • Bruce Banner

    How come there is no Hulk 2 during the Phase Two of Marvel films?

    • AlexHeyNa

      Because they’re looking into making it a TV show on ABC.

    • Brandon

      Agree 100%

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  • hellsbells

    I believe that for this to be the most fulfilling trilogy of films it would be wise to have (at the very least in some capacity) characters such as Silver Surfer, Galactus and Reed Richards. I think that this is a great start by introducing Thanos but how can you have him and an all out war on the scale that the first film is promising without having such characters as Galactus??? For my money, when I think of Thanos I somehow think of Silver Surfer and Galactus and I think of great minds that could solve problems and isn’t Reed Richards one of the great minds in the marvel cannon?

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  • jaden

    ok guys…first of all it took all of marvel and yes including all cosmic beings to take thanos down, and ur complaining because u don’t want to bring thor and other people into this!!! LISTEN, THANOS KILLED HALF OF THE UNIVERSE WITH A SNAP OF HIS FINGERS!!!! be smart guys dont underestimate thanos…

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  • Marvel-ously educated

    Thanos did not, under his own power, kill half of the universe with snap of his fingers. He was augmented by the infinity gauntlet (which would have given a chipmunk the same power). Thanos (at least in the 90s, when he was more direct in his confrontation) was most concerned with the silver surfer. People like to say that he was more powerful, and that is not true. Thanos true “weapon” (as he himself proclaims) is his intellect. It is “godlike.” In terms of raw power, the surfer has actually overcome him on a number of occasions… Thanos tends to pull off victories in that I-got-you-by-a-technicality-but-I-really-cheated-to-win strategy. He is not a god, as his fanclub would have you believe. But, given enough prep time, he can make even the gods take notice. That is the long and short of what makes Thanos, well, Thanos. You can disagree, if you like, but you’d be disagreeing with fact. Good day to you!