by Brett White
We all know what happens when you assume.
Even though "Marvel's the Avengers" hinged it's mid-credits scene on revealing Thanos, writer/director Joss Whedon has told Total Film magazine that fans might have gotten their expectations up regarding just how integral the mad Titan is to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's future. The sequel now has the subtitle "Age of Ultron," which leaves little to no room for Thanos now that the big bad robot is involved.
"We have to stay grounded," Whedon told Total Film about choosing the Avengers' next foe. "It's part of what makes the Marvel universe click – their relationship to the real world. It's science-fiction, and Thanos is not out of the mix, but Thanos was never meant to be the next villain. He's always been the overlord of villainy and darkness."
But don't fret yet, Thanos fans. It still seems likely that the villain's presence will be felt in "Guardians of the Galaxy," even if he doesn't physically appear. Most of the characters have ties to Thanos, with Gamora being his adopted daughter and Drax's mission to destroy him. Actors Karen Gillen and Lee Pace have even described their characters—Nebula and Ronan the Accuser, respectively—in relation to Thanos. So odds are we'll see that purple chin again.
And with no Avengers popping up in "Guardians" (at least not yet, anyway), the Thanos connection may be the film's big sell to the wider audience. Thanos might end up being the big bad of the film, and he might end up featuring prominently into ads and promo materials. The rest of the world needs to know that the weird movie with the talking raccoon and walking tree is a Marvel movie, and while having Iron Man in the ads would surely help get that point across, maybe Thanos will suffice.
Whedon also discusses the rest of Ultron's entourage, characters like Henry Pym and the Vision.
"We're not going to see Pym and all the accoutrements," said Whedon. "Ultron is more central to the Avengers as they are. But we will explore the idea of lineage, because he was created by us and we've got to own that... Then we have the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and I think that's plenty, because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch did not begin their time as friends of the Avengers, so there's going to be a lot of, well, conflict."
Ultron's lineage has been a hot topic as of late, with Whedon's previous statements about Pym and the rumors that Tony Stark will actually be Ultron's creator. We're still just under two years away from seeing the film in theaters, so get ready for a lot more speculation.
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