While speaking in a recent interview with MTV, Marvel Studios big wig Kevin Feige revealed some new details regarding the appearance of Thanos in ‘Phase II’ of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. He also went on to discuss how the formula for The Avengers, and all of the films that led up to it, was the key to the success for the franchise and that the studio will be taking a similar approach for their next series of films.
“There’s a great track record now about lobbing something in at the last moment to get the audience buzzing. Particularly when it came to Thanos, [we knew] that most people in that audience had no idea who that purple guy was — but they could clearly tell he was important, and knew if they asked the two or three people sitting next to them, somebody would know who he was.”
“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.”
Kevin Feige also seemed to hint that actor Damion Poiter, who portrayed Thanos in the now-famous mid-credits teaser scene, will most likely be recast when the character becomes a larger fixture on the big screen.
“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.”
As for introducing Thanos to a widespread audience?
“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. I was equally excited by the notion that people went out and tried shawarma for the first time,” he added with a laugh.
With the cameras rolling on both Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, Marvel Studios has already begun implementing their ambitious plans for the second phase of the Cinematic Universe, which include the additions of both Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
The release date schedule for the ‘Phase II’ films is as follows:
Iron Man 3 – May 3, 2013
Thor: The Dark World – November 8, 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy – August 2014
Ant-Man – 2014 (????)
The Avengers 2 – May 1, 2015