Joss Whedon talks Thanos and what he has in store for The Avengers (Spoilers)Posted 10:51 am on Saturday, May 12th, 2012 by Mike Villarreal
Avengersmania continues! Just recently we reported that the film is scheduled to reach $1 Billion dollars in revenue by Mother’s Day and took in a record-breaking $207.4 million over the opening weekend. While the film continues to dominate the box office, word has begun to spread that some fans were confused about who was revealed at the end of the film.
Recently, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige got a chance to sit down with Slash Film to speak about the highly-talked end credits scene in The Avengers and its introduction to one of Marvel’s most infamous villains, Thanos.
Kevin Feige: All of our tags are sort of like that. If you don’t know who Nick Fury is, that’s just Sam Jackson in an eye mask at the end and somebody is going to tell you who it is. If you don’t know what Mjolnir is, that’s a hammer in a crater, “What does that mean? What’s the big deal?” You know, the THOR tag frankly is the one that is kind of most clear to a new audience, because “What’s that?” “It’s the cosmic cube. Oh, Loki is still alive.” Most of them are… and my first experience with this was X MEN 2, which we liked the idea of hinting to the Phoenix and Bryan [Singer] did in that little flash. I could see it as we always do opening weekends, sneak into the theaters and watch it play, you could see like one out of 150 or 200 fans went “Oh my God! That’s the…” And they go “What? It’s a light underwater? What is that?” But all you need is 5% of the audience to be vocal enough that it starts to spread and Nick Fury was the same way. That really spread. So I think Thanos will be the same way. During the premiere last night there were two guys behind me, I don’t know who they were, when Thanos turned around they went “Oh my God, it’s that… What’s his name? I can’t remember his name, but he’s that… Oh my God.” So you know clearly in the way it’s presented, it’s somebody important, so “ask somebody.” But don’t spoil that.
The Marvel Films CEO also reveals that the characters inclusion into the Marvel film franchise was all thanks to Avengers director Joss Whedon. The tyrant was first hinted at in the film Thor, as the Infinity Gauntlet can be seen among the other artifacts in Odin’s Vault.
Joss Whedon: 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!”
One might even suggest that maybe the Bringer of Death might make an appearance in Thor 2. In the Infinity Abyss storyline, Thanos invades Asgard to become the All-Father of an entirely different race of gods he created. Thanos would find himself opposed by the one and only, Avengers. So there’s a good chance he might be in Thor 2 or The Avengers 2 could take place in Asgard.
Either way, fans will have to wait a while for The Avengers’ return because Avengers 2 isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until 2015.
The Avengers is currently in theaters everywhere.
Source: Slash Film
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