The Cast and Crew Behind MARVEL's PHASE ONE, bringing the curtain down to Phase one at the Avengers Premier

Kevin Fiege the man behind this extraordinary MARVELLOUS Adventure
By know you have no idea who the Avengers are, then simply you one of very few people in the world who haven’t had the chance to one of thee most awesomest films in the year thanks to wonderful direction and writing by Joss Whedon, who brought Marvel’s Phase One to a beautiful end..


Thanos Concept
The post credit scene gave audiences a glimpse of the villain Thanos, which for Marvel fans just meant that Phase Two would certainly be exciting. For General audiences who don’t know that much tabout this character who is arguably one Marvel’s biggest characters ever, they certainly in for a treat.

Thanos Make-Up
However, these past few months’ fans have been contemplating how Marvel would be using the villain. While the logic move would be to introduce the character in Guardians of the Galaxy and have him go toe to toe with the Avengers in their sequel. Some fans believed that Thanos could even be kept for a possible third Avengers film, bringing Phase Three to a close. While others have said that he might be a feature in Thor: The Dark World as the god of Thunder has quite a few direct nods to the villain in his own adventures.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige finally decided to give us a little hint on how the character would be used in the MCU.  He recently spoke a bit about the studio’s plans for Thanos and how that factors in to not only Phase Two, but also Phase Three, and he addressed the possibility of recasting the role.  Hit the jump for more.

Speaking with MTV, Feige admitted that they were aware most of the Avengers moviegoers would be puzzled by the Thanos tease, but they loved the idea of sending audiences out of the theater talking about what they just saw:

Thanos Concept Art
“There’s a great track record now about lobbing something in at the last moment to get the audience buzzing. Particularly when it came to Thanos, [we knew] that most people in that audience had no idea who that purple guy was — but they could clearly tell he was important, and knew if they asked the two or three people sitting next to them, somebody would know who he was.”

Though the tease made for one hell of a conversation starter, that tag wasn’t thrown into the film for nothing:

“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.”

In other words, Thanos will probably not be showing up in any other Marvel film like, Iron Man 3 or Thor: TDW. Though Whedon and Marvel cast actor/stuntman Damion Poitier to portray the baddie at the end of The Avengers, Feige admits that they’ll probably recast the role when he reappears:

“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.”

Loki in Avengers the villain that Kicked All this Awesomeness Off!
Here’s what the Phase Two lineup looks like as of right now:

Iron Man 3 – May 3rd, 2013
Thor: The Dark World – November 8th, 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4th, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1st, 2014
The Avengers 2 – May 1st, 2015


Hulk in Avengers
Now many for many Hulk fans out there, its quite clear that there is no Hulk film, scheduled for the near future. This is kind of a disappointment as many of us do want to see the big green monster rampage his way through the big screen one more time. However, seeing as the Hulk hasn’t had the most successful run on the big screen on two solo films, and one very successful appearance in the team franchise film the Avengers, it would seem the Hulk’s natural place would be part of a team franchise. 

Planet Hulk FanArt
In a recent interview with MTV, Feige spoke at length about a potential The Avengers 2 follow-up featuring the Hulk.  The Planet Hulk and World War Hulk stories are a bit out there for casual moviegoers, so are they properties that Marvel would even want to attempt?  As Feige says:

“I don’t think there’s a lot that we couldn’t do someday, as the cinematic universe continues to grow and expand and get as big as the comic book universe.”

Feige also admitted that the space-centric plot of Planet Hulk does come with its own caveats:

“‘Planet Hulk’ is a cool story. ‘World War Hulk’ is a cool story.  I think there are pitfalls of continuity-overload, and mythology getting so dense that it almost collapses in on itself.  It happens every few decades or so in the comics. Apart from that, I’d say everything is on the table.”

Regarding the timing on the next Hulk feature, Feige unfortunately confirmed that we won’t see Mr. Green for quite some time:

“Do I think Hulk can carry a movie and be as entertaining as he was in ‘Avengers’? I do believe that. I do believe he absolutely could. We certainly are not even going to attempt that until ‘Avengers 2.’ So there’s a lot of time to think about it.”

Speaking of The Avengers, Feige comments on what made the Hulk work in the superhero team-up film:

“Part of what’s fun about the way we played him in ‘Avengers’ is the ensemble quality of it. I think the pathos and humor, most importantly, that Mark and Joss brought to it showcased a different element of Hulk that’s there in the comics, and was always inherent in his character. But when he was so brooding in his other two films, he didn’t get to have that wry sense of humor that Mark did such an amazing job performing.”

I for one would love to see a Planet Hulk film that would be amazing to see. We know the Hulk left the Avengers pretty soon after the team’s conception, so having him in Avengers 2 and then possibly pull him out of the team could be something that Marvel could be looking at. As the Avengers decide to ship the Hulk out to space after he causes too much destruction, so maybe that’s how they could carry the story forward.
Planet Hulk FanArt, Featuring Silver Surfer

With a Planet Hulk film soon to follow, the story would surprise a lot of people essentially as it could be visually stunning with a story that focuses more on Hulk then Bruce Banner. But then again that could hold the film back, has the film would have to be 95% Hulk, and 5% Bruce Banner, will Marvel take that risk having a film with primarily a CG lead? We will have to wait and see, but one thing is sure, Marvel’s ambition isn’t limited and we sure whatever route they take it will be awesome! 

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