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Marvel releases Phase 1 & 2 retrospective, first look at Thanos

Marvel Studios has finally released the first official image of Thanos today!

Marvel releases Phase 1 & 2 retrospective, first look at Thanos
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The image reveals the supervillain as he appears in "Guardians of the Galaxy" (which also hits theaters nationwide today). The picture offers the first glimpse at the Mad Titan Thanos as portrayed by veteran actor Josh Brolin, who performed motion capture and voice work for the heavily CGI alien warlord.

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For the non-nerds: The Mad Titan Thanos is one of the most powerful supervillians in the entire Marvel Comics universe. A bonus scene during the credits of "The Avengers" reveals Thanos as the true mastermind behind Loki's attempt to conquer Earth and claim the Tesseract.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has said Thanos would be the main villain of "Avengers 3," tentatively scheduled for 2018. Until then, various Marvel movies will slowly set the Mad Titan up as a puppetmaster bent on total domination.

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The first true look at Thanos was revealed at the end of a 5-minute retrospective (released today) of the first 10 Marvel films leading up to the "Avengers" sequel next summer.

Looking ahead into the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens May 1, 2015, which will close out the so-called "Phase 2" of Marvel films. "Phase 3" kicks off July 17, 2015 with the release of "Ant-Man," followed by "Captain America 3" and "Doctor Strange" in 2016 and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" in 2017.