In a new interview with MTV, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed at some length–but without giving a ton of concrete information–the intent behind including Thanos at the end of Marvel’s The Avengers, which hits DVD and Blu-ray next week.
He also discussed in general terms the plans for using the character going forward which, according to Thanos’s creator, includes appearances in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2.
Among the points he touched down on:
He joked that he’s equally proud of the millions who tried shawarma for the first time following the jokey references in The Avengers.
In a move that will likely surprise very few fans, Feige also suggested that Thanos could be re-cast for the next film he appears in, likely to put a more recognizable name and/or voice behind the character. Damion Politier, who appeared as Thanos in The Avengers, may not be thrilled about that, but it’s likely the studio simply didn’t want to add another big name to The Avengers and draw the attention of fans who might guess what their last-minute surprise was.
“I think we feel pretty free to recast,” Feige told MTV. “That was cast for literally that one shot. Depending on what the role requires from future movies, we’ll go from there.”