Now that Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up movie, The Avengers, made well over a billion dollars worldwide, and Marvel’s next step in their ongoing saga, Iron Man 3, has opened overseas with numbers that put the film on track to make the studio gazillions more, it’s probably safe to say that there’s a lot of public interest concerning which direction things are going heading into The Avengers 2. And, lucky for us, Whedon has been pretty generous when it comes to answering questions.

When he talked to Collider on the red carpet of the Iron Man 3 premier, he hinted at the fact that he might be adding Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch to the Avengers roster in his upcoming sequel, and it seems that when Desde Hollywood talked to him at the same event, he even talked a bit about his plans for the Avengers’ arch-villain, Thanos, who made his appearance in the after-credits sequence of the first film.

When asked why this intergalactic conqueror should be a concern for a team as powerful as the Avengers, Whedon replied, “Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful he is not someone you can just try out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. But he is definitely part of what I have going on.”

While that definitely makes it sound like Whedon and the rest of the Marvel Movie Universe’s architects’ plans for Thanos are extensive, it doesn’t exactly make it sound like he’s set up to be the big villain for The Avengers 2. I mean, “part of what I have going on?” What does that mean? Whedon clarified even further by saying, “The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful, but they are not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.”

His use of the words “some people” and “the next installment” in reference to The Avengers 2 here certainly doesn’t make the second Avengers movie sound like the “big finale” he was talking about in that first paragraph. It doesn’t make it sound like Thanos is going to be the villain for that film at all. Instead, Desde Hollywood has taken his comments to mean—probably correctly—that Thanos is going to be sticking to the shadows for quite a bit longer than fans who waited around for the post-credits sequence of The Avengers have been anticipating, and that Marvel’s overarching plan could already be plotted all the way up to The Avengers 3. Check out the video for yourself, and see how you feel:

What do you think, Marvel fans? Is Thanos really not going to be the bad guy for The Avengers 2? And, if he’s not, then who are the “some people” who are? I, for one, wouldn’t complain too loudly about an adaptation of that old storyline where the Masters of Evil take over Avengers Mansion, but that’s just one of a thousand possibilities. Let’s start putting together a wish list.

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