The release of Iron Man 3 this Friday will mark the beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two. This movie will launch a new run of Marvel movies – Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy — that will eventually lead to The Avengers 2 in 2015.
It was rumored that the supervillain Thanos would be the main bad guy in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2, but with the rumored casting of Lee Pace as Thanos’ henchman, The Controller, for GOTG, it’s unclear how the Mad Titan would fit into the new series. One thing’s for certain: Avengers director Joss Whedon has plans for the guy:
Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful; he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on. The thing about The Avengers is that they are very powerful but not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.
This could mean that Thanos will be the main villain in Phase Three instead of Phase Two. Perhaps Thanos will be gradually introduced throughout Phase Two, only to appear in The Avengers 2, which could lead into a bigger presence in Phase Three. Marvel has done a great job so far working with all of these elements to build a cohesive movie universe, so hopefully this tactic will pay off for Marvel Studios.