Avengers Assemble Villains
Marvel’s Avengers in 2012 took comic readers on quite a ride, specifically at the end of the film as the credits began to roll. Not only did Earth’s Mightiest defeat an alien invasion of New York, we learned that the leader behind the attack was one of Marvel Comics’ most notable villains of all-time: Thanos.
Thanos returned in a larger role (this time with a voice thanks to Josh Brolin) in Guardians of the Galaxy, a film that built upon the revelation of aliens and other worlds in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and told an all-cosmic tale. In a few years, after Captain America: Civil War begins a new phase for the MCU, the cosmic and Earth-based brands will collide as Thanos begins the Infinity War in the third and fourth Avengers movies. And he won’t be doing it alone.
Speaking with Vulture during the Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket over the weekend, Joss Whedon spoke about the role of Thanos so far in the MCU and how he’s (obviously) not going to be alone.
“A lot of people were surprised that Thanos wasn’t the villains in Avengers 2, but he was never meant to be. He was always meant to be the puppet-master until he was done doing that, and then he’ll be the big villain they face off with. Not solely – I’m sure there’ll be plenty more [villains] in that monstrous epic, because one thing Marvel doesn’t do is string a story out into two movies that shouldn’t be two movies. They’ll give you two big movies. I feel like we got two movies into this one!”