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What Does Marvel Have Planned for Thanos in ‘The Avengers 2′ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’?

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Thanos (aka the most highly-anticipated villain in superhero movie history thanks to his minute-long cameo in ‘The Avengers‘) is about to be a busy guy. Undoubtedly the main baddie in ‘The Avengers 2,’ the Mad Titan could end up appearing on the big screen before then; perhaps in 2014′s ‘Guardian of the Galaxy.’ Find out what Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is willing to reveal after the jump.

Speaking with MTV, Feige was naturally reluctant to fully spill the beans regarding Thanos’ future in the Marvel movie universe, but being a sport, he gave us something to nibble on.

“Clearly, there’s a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie. We do have plans for him. I wouldn’t say we ever feel the need to rush anything one way or the other. We succeeded in Phase One because we stuck to our guns and stuck to the plan. That plan took place over many, many years and it ultimately paid off. I see Phase Two unfolding in the same way of us taking our time, us doing what’s right for each individual movie, while folding in elements that will not only build up to the culmination of Phase Two, but even Phase Three.”

Oh boy, he had to go ahead and mention Phase Three, didn’t he? Now all we can think about is getting through Phase Two to see what Phase Three has in store! (Just kidding. Maybe.)

Meanwhile, the latest scoop is that Thanos will indeed be featured in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ Said scoop was achieved at the Montreal Comic-Con, where Thanos creator Jim Starlin reportedly said the “deal is in place” for the villain to appear in the James Gunn-directed adventure. Naturally, this isn’t an official confirmation at all, but it’s still something to contemplate, considering the source.

Now back to Feige, quickly: The producer told MTV that Marvel isn’t necessarily married to actor Damoin Poitier, who played Thanos in that one shot. ”I think we feel pretty free to recast. That was cast for literally that one shot. Depending on what the role requires from future movies, we’ll go from there.”

That all but guarantees the studio will be looking toward a “name” to carry on the Thanos torch. So the question is: Who do you think should play Thanos going forward?

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