Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige Explain the Origin of the Mid-Credits Scene in THE AVENGERS

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With this morning’s announcement that The Avengers scored a $207.1 million opening weekend—$6 million higher than yesterday’s estimate—Marvel’s superhero team-up pic now holds the record for the highest grossing opening weekend in history by nearly $40 million.  Given the massive box office take, I’m assuming most (if not all) of you reading this story saw the film at least once this weekend.  Just to be safe I’m keeping things spoiler-free here on the frontpage, but needless to say a certain character popped up in a mid-credits scene.

Writer/director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently talked about how that scene came to fruition and whose idea it was.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.  Obviously, SPOILERS for The Avengers follow after the jump.

thanos-comic-book-imageAlright, if you’re here after the jump I’m assuming you stuck around for both credits scenes after The Avengers.  The final coda was a very well-placed joke, but the mid-credits scene could have major consequences for future Marvel films to come.  As Matt explained in his article about said scene, we saw the character of Thanos, The Mad Titan, turning his head and smiling at the unnamed Chitauri leader’s comment that to face the humans would be “to court Death itself.”

The scene sets up a possible villain for The Avengers 2 and also expands upon Feige’s earlier suggestions that Marvel films may be getting a bit more “cosmic.”  The folks over at /Film asked whose idea it was to include Thanos in The Avengers, and Feige responded “Joss. Joss, Joss, and Joss.”  Asked if he let Whedon include Thanos because Marvel wanted to get more cosmic, Feige responded:

“I wanted to get cosmic and did with Thor and told him that we wanted it to be aliens, that a portal opens in New York and aliens poor out, because the cosmic cube opened a portal. Who they were, what they were, and how they interacted was all Joss and Joss is a huge fan of Thanos.”

the-avengers-mark-ruffalo-joss-whedon-imageAsked why he’s such a big fan of Thanos, Whedon had this to say:

“He for me is the most powerful and fascinating Marvel villain. He’s the great grand daddy of the badasses and he’s in love with death and I just think that’s so cute. For me, the greatest Avengers was The Avengers annual that Jim Starlin did followed by The Thing 2 in 1 that contained the death of Adam Warlock. Those were some of the most important texts and I think underrated milestones in Marvel history and Thanos is all over that, so somebody had to be in control and had to be behind Loki’s work and I was like ‘It’s got to be Thanos.’ And they said ‘Okay’ and I’m like ‘Oh my God!’ “

Though the revelation itself was exciting for fans of the character, it’s definitely fun to see how they settled on Thanos and Whedon’s motivation behind throwing the character into the film.  Though both creatives were tight-lipped on what this means for Marvel going forward, Feige apparently hinted that it won’t come to fruition until a Guardians of the Galaxy film gains traction.  Given that Galaxy has been talked about more and more in the preceding months, I’m willing to bet that a feature film isn’t far off.  Head over to /Film for more from Feige on the Thanos scene.

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  • Matt

    I thought the unnamed Chitauri leader was named The Other according to the credits? Or is The Other another character in the movie?

    • Nick

      I think the Unamed Chitauri leader was the voice/character that speaks to the Thanos, right?

      • Ur mom

        Yes, he is known as The Other.

    • Ur mom

      Yes, he is The Other.

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  • Neo

    I still don’t get whats all the fuss about with this movie.
    FFS its just another superhero flick.

    • Ur mom

      WOW. It’s an ensemble superhero movie, not just another superhero movie!! All the characters coming together, obviously there’s lots of fuss about this.

    • Stark

      How is it that hard to understand? Are you retarded?

      It’s the culmination of 4 years of Marvel films that all connect with each other in various ways. It’s the big finale the big thing we’ve been waiting for. I mean at the end credits of Iron Man no one expected Samuel L. Jackson being the character that was designed after him and mentioning The Avengers.

      So no it’s not just “another superhero flick.”, it’s THE superhero flick and obviously you don’t care about them, that’s fine, so don’t open up a article about a superhero flick to try and crap on everyone’s parade.

    • AgentofShield

      Can’t understand the fuss, yet you call yourself Neo?! still stuck in the Matrix from 1999 which worked for only One movie because no one knew what the matrix was! Take the blue pill and go back to sleep. Agent Smith is Dead. Long Live Agent Coulson!

      • dogg

        Neo, trolling again. He’s never said anything that suggests he’s even seen it.

    • mattinacan

      how dare you have a different opinion than other people, dweebs attack him!

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  • murdernexxus

    Joss Whedon please make an Xmen movie!!!!!!!

  • Juanotaco

    @Neo, Ironic a guy named “Neo” is quite the bashful one about a hero movie epic. Tool bag

  • Yahzee

    Dear god, what’s wrong with you guys? You pile up like a bunch of bullies after one comment from one user who is not attacking anyone. The film was fun alright but I don’t think it’s the crowning achievement you all think it is. As much as I hate the idea of the Spider-Man reboot I’ll bet that film will hold way more meaning, and not just fireworks, than The Avengers had.

    And stop the bullying! I feel like I’m in one of those articles were Twilight girls cry about how everyone should love their movies…

    • T. Van

      @Yahzee

      There is a such thing as “asking for it.”

      In the Avengers movie scene between Loki and the Hulk… Loki “asked for it.”

      Similarly, in this talkback, Neo “asked for it.” The puny surfer dude…

      • Strong Enough

        that was the gayest comment ever

      • T. Van

        When one must overcompensate by using a handle such as “Strong Enough” and one also tosses around grade school insults, one tends to come across as a child using the Internet as a toy.

        You are likely about as strong as you are articulate. Which is to say “not very.” You puny, outdated Sheryl Crow song.

    • Griz

      I agree, Yahzee . . . . it was not that film where a bunch of loveable characters fight insurmountable odds and win the day . . . That was Serenity (Avengers were never the underdogs) And this wasn’t a movie where great and powerful beings learn what it means to really be heroes like iron man & Thor (most already learned that lesson, this was about working together, a lesson that won’t help them in their individual franchises) . . .. . .

      At the end of the day, this was just a really, REALLY fun movie. . ..but i don’t think i’ll watch it again like i did with IM 1, Thor, Spidey 2, X2, Begins & Dark Knight.

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