Just days after director James Gunn announced that he was directing the Marvel Studios movie "Guardians of the Galaxy," the studio released some information about the bad guy. Producer Kevin Feige said on Sept. 20 that Thanos has a large place in the upcoming Marvel movies.
"Clearly, there's a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie," Feige said of "The Avengers" post credit scene revealing Thanos as the mastermind behind the attack on Earth. "Suddenly, you have a million people who had never heard of an Infinity Gauntlet or a Mad Titan learning those terms. I love that. I love when the experience goes beyond the movie theater and encourages people to look deeper into our universe."
This sets up Thanos to be a major player down the line, and the most obvious starting point is in "Guardians of the Galaxy," since their main nemesis in the comic books is Thanos.
Jim Starlin, the man who created Thanos for Marvel, said that a deal has been struck to have Thanos in both "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Avengers 2." This is not something that had been mentioned yet, although many thought it might be the case to tie everyone together.
But Feige said Marvel has a habit of letting the story play out and won't rush things just to make it happen.
"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," Feige said. "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."
"Guardians of the Galaxy" hits theaters on August 1, 2014 and "The Avengers 2" hits on May 1, 2015.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.