Ever since Thanos appeared after the credits of The Avengers, tongues have been wagging as to when the Marvel ‘big bad’ will appear in the future. Whilst it’s been confirmed that he’ll just be a background figure in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the current plan calls for him to take centre-stage down the line in The Avengers 3. Recently promoting Thor: The Dark World – review of which can be found here – Marvel’s Kevin Feige has been talking about Thanos.
Asked by The Huffington Post as to whether the character could be compared to the final boss in a video game, Feige said, “We never thought of it exactly like that, but I’d say that’s a fair analogy, yes. You look at some classic storylines in the comics and they tease out characters like that — big bads like –for sometimes years. I think Walter Simonson was teasing Surtur for years before he popped up. It’s fun to have the luxury to build somebody up like that.”
The analogy of a video game boss is a great one, as is the example of Walt Simonson’s work on the Thor books of the day.
Either way, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is set for a 1st August, 2014 release, whilst Avengers: Age of Ultron is targeting a 1st May, 2015 release.