Post credits scenes are par for the course these days, but it was Marvel who first made proper use of them way back in 2008 with Iron Man. Since then barely a Marvel release has gone by without a brief glimpse of something special at the end, and Avengers Assemble was no exception as the dastardly Thanos finally made an appearance.
As the credits rolled on Avengers Assemble and people slowly let out the breath they’d been holding for the last two hours, it seemed that Marvel’s long term plan had finally paid off. But as we now know that was just the end of the first phase of their all conquering plan, and the appearance of a certain big chinned villain in the post credits scene laid the foundations of phase two.
Thanos is probably one of the most evil characters in the Marvel universe. Their incarnation of the angel of death his only goal is to possess the mysterious Cosmic Cube and subjugate the universe with it. Once he’d made his presence felt at the end of Avengers Assemble the internet caught fire as the characters potential was discussed.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige was banking on that reaction, but he’s in no hurry to reveal his grand plan quite yet. It’s generally accepted that Thanos will feature in Guardians Of The Galaxy – a team initially formed to combat his galactic menace – and he’s sure to feature heavily in Avengers 2, but Feige clearly want’s to take it slowly at first as evidenced by this statement:
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
Phase one has only just finished, phase two is still eight months away and already phase three is being mentioned? Marvel are definitely in this for the long play! In the comics Thanos is a character who’s managed to cast his shadow across most of the Marvel universe, and it looks like he’ll be doing the same on screen over the next few years. Hopefully, once 2015 and Avengers 2 arrives, the world will be ready to kneel at the feet of the mad titan!