Thanos Confirmed For Both ‘Marvel’s The Avengers 2’ and ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’, with Jim Starlin’s Seal of Approval

After intense speculation and rampant consternation, this week we got confirmation that Thanos, seem in the mid-credits scene of Marvel’s The Avengers this past summer, will indeed be a part of both the Avengers sequel and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Cosmic Book News’ Armand Rock spoke with Thanos’ creator Jim Starlin at last week’s Montreal Comic-Con, with Starlin confirming the Mad Titan’s appearance and revealing that he had worked out his disagreements with Marvel.

(How involved Thanos will be in each film is unknown at this point and open to speculation.)

Thanos is one of Marvel’s cosmic luminaries and one of the publisher’s most powerful villains. Originally debuted as a thorn in the side of Iron Man in 1973’s Iron Man #55, the purple-skinned Avatar of Death was propelled to greatness in 1992’s The Infinity Gauntlet event mini-series, single-handedly subverting the entire Marvel Universe to his whims and putting the entirety of Marvel’s heroes under his thumb. Recently, Thanos has re-appeared in Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s Avengers Assemble run, conveniently timed with Thanos’ big-screen debut in the Marvel’s The Avengers movie. If you recall, in the Avengers movie Thanos was revealed as the shadowy figure who provided Loki with the alien army he used to attempt to conquer Earth.

There’s been no word yet as to who will play Thanos in these two live-action appearances. Actor Damion Poitier played the wrinkle-chinned alien in the mid-credits scene in Marvel’s The Avengers, but many people are speculating that Thanos will be re-cast given the expansion of the role in these upcoming movies.

With this most-excellent news however, fans need to be prepared to wait: Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t set for release until August 1, 2014, and The As Yet Untitled Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is penciled in for May 1, 2015.


  1. See I was hoping he would appear in Iron Man 3 as a nod to where he originally debuted.

  2. i was initially going to post that i would like to see forest whitaker as thanos as joke, but the more i thought about it the more i liked it. so, yeah:

    forest whitaker for thanos!

  3. Thanos rules!!! I love that he’s gonna be in both films. I hope Marvel gets the Silver Surfer rights back by then for a nice cameo….Nova, Quasar..Captain Marvel,Adam Warlock…..oh the great cameos and directions with the cosmic are endless…..dream dream dream,……..Mephisto………

  4. Russell Crowe would be a great choice.

    However in my head i hear Michael Dorn.

  5. A big purple alien to go along with a space raccoon and tree.

    I’m down for it.

  6. Thanos is fine for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but I find the idea of Thanos as the main villian for the next Avengers movie to be disappointing. Marvel should introduce Ultron in the Ant-Man movie, so that Ultron can be the next Avengers villian. If not Ultron, then Count Nefaria and his daughter, Madame Masque. If not Nefaria, then Baron Zemo. If they use Zemo, they could also introduce Wonder Man, who I believe was created by Zemo. If they introduce Wonder Man, they can then bring in the Grim Reaper.

    • You know Ultron,Baron Zemo would be great for comic book issues but would be a dud for the big screen.As big a scale of villains from the first Avengers was a story involving Thanos is the perfect way to top that film.If you followed Thanos’ confrontation since the 70’s with the team into the 90’s with the Infinity Gauntlet and so on there is no better choice of a major bad guy than him.For instance if DC Comics want to really set things off for the Justice League movie they should face someone like Darkseid.

    • Thanos is the villain I’ve been wanting to see for YEARS. FInally Marvel has pulled their heads out of their collective asses and started making COMIC BOOK films instead of crappy sci-fi action movies (i.e., the Faux turds).

  7. the Mad Titan is my 2nd favorite comic villain of all time. can’t wait to see him on the silver screen for more than 3 seconds.

  8. I would have preferred to see Ultron as the next villan, but, my main concern is the story. I liked The Avengers movie, but the story could have been so much better. Way too many talking head scenes, and Loki was less than formidable.

    The important thing is more Hulk.