Marvel exec teases how Thanos fits into the ultimate Avengers endgame

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Jun 25, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT (Updated)

After getting a peek at super-baddie Thanos in the closing shot of The Avengers, things have been relatively quiet for the Mad Titan. But don’t worry — it’s all part of the plan.

In a great chat with The Huffington Post, Marvel exec Kevin Feige opened up about the company’s approach to threading in future storylines before you’ll actually see them — sometimes several movies in advance.

Feige says that’s the way they feel about Thanos, noting he’ll be the “Big Bad” lingering in the shadows for at least a few more years, much in the way Thor comic writer Walter Simonson teased future baddie Surtur during his acclaimed “Surtur Saga” run. 

As the interviewer noted — think of it as the end boss in a videogame, which is an analogy Feige seemed to embrace:

“That's .... we never thought of it exactly like that, but I'd say that's a fair analogy, yes. It's also, you look at some classic story lines in the comics and they tease out characters like that -- big bads like that -- for sometimes years. I think Walter Simonson was teasing Surter for years before he popped up. It's fun to have the luxury to build somebody up like that.”

Considering how big a hit the Marvel movies have become, it seems the company will have all the time it needs to flesh this one out for a few more sequels. But come Avengers 3 (or whenever he actually shows up), we better get one heck of a payoff to the Thanos plot. 

What do you think? Is Marvel doing a good job of parsing out storylines, or are they holding too much back at this point?

(Via Huffington Post)

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