We got a little glimpse of Thanos, “the Mad Titan” during the closing credits of “The Avengers,” leading most people to believe that he’ll be the main villain in “The Avenges 2.” In fact, over at CosmicBookNews, they say they have confirmation from Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos, that not only is the character in “The Avengers 2,” but also in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was less specific and of course did not confirm anything in an interview with MTV. However, he did talk a bit about Thanos. Feige said:
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.”
Goodness, will Thanos be part of all three phases? Possibly–but actor Damion Poitier who played Thanos in the bit at the end of “The Avengers” may not be:
“I think we feel pretty free to recast. That was cast for literally that one shot. Depending on what the role requires from future movies, we’ll go from there.”
Uh oh, looks like Mr. Poitier is not famous enough! The good news, though, is that he’s likely to end up the answer of a trivia question (“Who was the first actor to play Thanos in a movie?” “Easy, Donald Glover.” “No, Damion Poitier.” “That doesn’t count, it’s just one scene.” “Yes, it does!” “Arrgh!!!”). Still, it’s awfully rough on the poor guy if he just happened to run across that quote from Feige. He must be thinking, “Seriously, that’s it? Do I even get an audition?” Now I’m kind of rooting for him to get the part. Team Damion.