It’s no secret that Thanos plays a role in “Guardians of the Galaxy” after his tease at the end of “The Avengers,” but will he continue to have a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond that? Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige says fans shouldn’t expect to see Thanos pop up again in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” despite Josh Brolin making an appearance during Marvel’s Hall H panel with a Hasbro Infinity Gauntlet.
“He’s not a part of ‘Avengers 2,'” Feige says definitively during a group interview at San Diego Comic-Con 2014. He does caution, however, “by the way, we’re still making ‘Avengers 2,’ so nothing’s definitive one way or another actually.”
So when will Thanos show up again? Feige is playing coy with that reveal. “I think Thanos does what he wants and shows up where he wants to, and I’m not going to tell him otherwise,” he says. “You don’t know exactly.” He later told Zap2it that Brolin’s appearance with the Infinity Gauntlet after the “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” release date news wasn’t confirmation Thanos would appear in that movie.
Fans will find out for themselves just how big a presence Thanos has in “Guardians of the Galaxy” when that movie comes out Aug. 1, but Feige says he feels it was a natural progression for the character’s arc.
“The idea for it was to be just another step forward based on what we saw in ‘Avengers,'” he says. In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “we wanted Ronan to be the bad guy, we wanted to focus on the creation of the Guardians team itself, so we didn’t want to spend too much time with Thanos, but we wanted to showcase that there’s a guy behind the guy behind the guy.”
For Feige, there is one Thanos shot in “Guardians” that makes him geek out. “One of my favorite shots in the whole movie [is] just him leaning back smirking, which he does on every cover of every comic book, which is cool,” he says.
Brolin portrays Thanos in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but the character is entirely computer generated beyond some motion capture. “The reason we were comfortable with seeing so much as we do of Thanos in ‘Guardians’ is because we had a great actor who was willing to put the dots on his face and do the performance,” Feige says.
“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” hits theaters on May 1, 2015, while “Guardians of the Galaxy” comes sooner on Aug. 1, 2014.