When Luke Skywalker uttered the line, “No one’s ever really gone” in The Last Jedi, he might as well have been speaking about Disney’s other flagship franchise, the MCU. Between time travel and the multiverse, any character can come back anytime, no matter how “final” their death was. Case in point: the newest trailer for The Marvels features a brand new line of dialogue from the formerly dead Thanos—Marvel’s big bad for close to ten years. Can the Mad Titan himself be far behind?
The newest promo for The Marvels has fans wondering if the villain Thanos will appear in the film.
The Marvels‘ new promo features a split-second clip of Thanos from Avengers: Endgame, along with his famous line, “I am inevitable.” Immediately after the clip, however, the grape-hued villain can be heard saying, “There will always be more to finish my work,” a line that doesn’t occur in either Endgame or its predecessor Infinity War. While the line could be something Josh Brolin recorded previously that didn’t get used in the previous films, it could also be hinting at something more significant.
Ever since domestic abuse allegations arose against Jonathan Majors, fans have speculated they could derail Kevin Feige’s plans for the MCU.
Is it possible that Disney has finally decided to oust Jonathan Major’s Kang the Conqueror following the actor’s real-world troubles and replace him with Thanos? Eh…probably not. For one thing, bringing in a Thanos variant to replace Kang as the next multi-phase villain would be extremely lazy.
Unless there’s a Thanos in another universe that has a different plan to murder half the universe that doesn’t involve the Infinity Stones, Marvel would just be repeating what they already did perfectly the first time.
It would be foolish to try and replicate Endgame‘s success by making the same movie over again—no studio exec is that dumb. Instead, it’s more likely that Thanos will appear in a flashback scene involving The Marvels‘ antagonist, Dar-Benn. From all of the trailers, it looks like Dar-Benn might be one of the “others” Thanos claims will finish his work.
As for why Marvel is revealing Thanos’s involvement with The Marvels before the movie comes out, it could be their way of trying to build hype for the movie.
If evil Grimace with the craggy chin does show up in The Marvels, it will most likely be in a scene where he’s going over a previously unknown contingency plan with Dar-Benn prior to the events of Infinity War.
As for why Marvel is revealing Thanos’s involvement with The Marvels before the movie comes out, it could be their way of trying to build hype for the movie. Despite featuring three of the MCU’s most powerful heroes, the current buzz for The Marvels is practically non-existent. At this point, it’s looking like The Marvels and Aquaman 2 are having a race to see who can drum up less enthusiasm from fans before opening weekend.
This is despite a recent rumor that The Marvels will feature a cameo from not only Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop but Kelsey Grammer as The Beast, reprising the role he played in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. If not even an X-Men cameo can get the fans eager to see The Marvels, it’s unlikely that a flashback featuring Thanos is going to do anything.
We’ll find out just what Thanos’s involvement in The Marvels is when the film hits theaters on November 10.