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I’m sure a lot of you out there have already picked up a copy of The Avengers. Those of you who have already seen the hugely successful superhero romp are also aware of Thanos making a surprise appearance during the mid-credits scene. With more information recently surfacing on the Mad Titan’s inclusion in both The Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy, we can start to speculate how Marvel plans to lay out phase two of their movie lineup.
The mid-credits scene mentioned reveals Thanos turning his head and smiling upon hearing about the attack on Earth and how challenging the Avengers would be to “court death”. Of course the Avatar of Death himself would embrace this challenge being madly in love with the very embodiment of Death herself. It was this love that drove him to seek out the six Infinity Gems and become a god during the Infinity Gauntlet comic book story arc.
We know that the Infinity Gauntlet will come into play after a revealing of it at San Diego Comic Con two years ago. In the movie Thor, it was briefly shown in the Asgardian vault. My theory is that Thanos will use Loki, being the cunning mastermind that he is, in order to obtain this weapon.
Guardians of the Galaxy will likely have Thanos on the hunt for the Tesseract (the movie version of the Cosmic Cube). Star-Lord and his crew will be unsure what he is up to but know they must keep that kind of power out of the Titan’s hands. I can see the movie ending with Thanos meeting with Loki, Tesseract in hand, and making a trade for the Gauntlet. Thor’s mischievous brother will gladly give it away since no one is aware of its true power.
Now with the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos is free to do whatever he may please in the name of his Mistress Death. There will obviously need to be some major changes in order to make this work on-screen. Namely, we can’t have Thanos as powerful as he becomes in the comics. There would literally be no way anyone, never mind the Avengers, could stop him. He will likely come to Earth and make his presence known in a big way. We could see him wipe out half of the planet’s population (similar to how he kills half of the universe’s population in the comics) then set up fort out in space with the thrones and statues of Mistress Death. An Avenger will likely die during the final battle as well just to raise the stakes. Defeating Thanos and taking control of the Gauntlet, our heroes bring back half of Earth’s population as well as their fallen comrade.
In terms of the role itself, I’m rather excited to see how Damion Poitier portrays the Mad Titan. While it’s not officially announced, he was the one under all that makeup during The Avengers mid-credits scene. It’s hard not to believe that this is his role to play.
Of course, this is all speculation until Marvel unveils more on Thanos and its upcoming films. I’m sure fans will have a few bones thrown on what to expect in the Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man sequels much like how the original films lead to The Avengers. What are your thoughts on what we can expect? Share with us in the comments below!