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Thanos

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."

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Vin Diesel

by Brett White

Buckle up Marvel fans, because Vin Diesel has apparently taken a meeting with Marvel Studios! The "Fast and Furious" actor is no stranger to action and science fiction films, but he's yet to dabble in the Venn diagram overlap that is the superhero genre. Could this signal a change? Is Vin Diesel being groomed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

The actor's both proven himself at the box office this year and shown that he can anchor a big ensemble cast, thanks to the ginormous success of "Fast and Furious 6." His "Fast" co-star Dwayne Johnson has also expressed interest in suiting up for a Marvel movie, so it stands to reason that Vin Diesel wouldn't be too far behind. So if Kevin Feige & Co. get into the Diesel business, which role should he play?

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Thanos

By Eddie Wright

In the April 23rd issue of GQ Robert Down Jr. expressed some doubt about his continuing on as Iron Man following "Iron Man 3" and the sequel to "Marvel's The Avengers" (and like 500 more cameos). He said, "How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?"

Gwyneth Paltrow then claimed that she doesn't think there will be an "Iron Man 4" at all, saying "I think we’re done with Iron Man." I'm sure what she meant was there won't be an "Iron Man 4" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, but there will certainly be an "Iron Man 4."

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Infinity

by Brett White

For those of you aching for more Thanos, Marvel Comics has a cure for what ails you. In addition to the mini-series "Thanos Rising," which takes on the task of revealing Thanos' origin, a new six-issue event called "Infinity" will pit the universe's greatest serial killer against Earth's Mightiest Heroes. For those of you wondering how big a threat that purple skinned guy could pose the Avengers, the answer is "pretty big."

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It seems almost a certainty now that Thanos, the Mad Titan, will be the central villain of the forthcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie, having shown up in the post-credits scene of the "Avengers" film, and having been repeatedly teased by those involved with the Marvel films. But thus far, those in the know have been tight-lipped about what his role might be in the film’s story, with only a possible logline being leaked, which refers to the film’s potential MacGuffin as “something everyone wants.” Thanos has sought a number of items that would fit that description in his time, and the schemes he has employed to obtain those objects have ranged from the byzantine to the horrific.

Given that, this week we’re going to take a look at the most notable of his twisted plans, any of which could well factor into the Guardians film.

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Thanos had only a few precious seconds of screen time in "Marvel's The Avengers," but the appearance was memorable enough to leave fans' minds racing over the possibilities of his next appearance. When we spoke with Kevin Feige at Marvel, he was coy about where Thanos will pop up next, but insisted that there are very specific plans for the Mad Titan's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While we all wait to hear more about Thanos' future at Marvel, we can at least enjoy a few new looks at the death-worshipping villain thanks to high-res screen grabs from "Marvel's The Avengers" Second Screen Experience app, captured by the good folks at Comic Book Movie. See some Thanos images below!

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With six Avengers, three S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and one hell of a super-villain standing front and center throughout the 143-minute runtime of "Marvel's The Avengers," it's somewhat remarkable that the character most people left theaters talking about was Thanos, the purple-skinned menace glimpsed ever-so-briefly in the middle of the film's credits. But Thanos' sudden rise to infamy didn't shock the folks at Marvel Studios one bit.

"There's a great track record now about lobbing something in at the last moment to get the audience buzzing," Marvel's Kevin Feige told MTV News about the secret villain tucked into the ending of "The Avengers," which hits Blu-ray and DVD on September 25. "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."

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The image above says it all. As announced on Marvel's Facebook page, Joss Whedon's "The Avengers" is returning to theaters this Labor Day weekend for one last go at box office gold. You've got time to spend on Earth's mightiest heroes between flipping burgers on the back porch, don't you?

Let us know if you're planning on seeing "Avengers" again this weekend in the comments section below or hit us up on Twitter!

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More than three months have passed since "Marvel's The Avengers" hit theaters, but here we are, still talking about Joss Whedon's superhero smash-'em-up with years to go before the sequel drops. The debate rages on as to which of Earth's mightiest heroes really was the mightiest — does the award go to Hulk? How about Thor? There's still no answer.

What we do know is this: some Avengers are more talked about than others. Design Taxi put together the following infographic chronicling which Marvel characters are generating the most discussion and buzz online from June 10 through July 10.

See the infographic below!

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In exactly two years, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be battling it out on the big screen. And if rumors pan out as expected, that's the place where we'll get our next sighting of Thanos, the purple-skinned death worshipper teased ever so briefly at the tail end of "Marvel's The Avengers."

Well, that might be your first place to peep a brand new tale starring Thanos, but you can relive the Mad Titan's glorious post-credits debut all over again thanks to a new clip from the "Avengers" Blu-ray that Marvel just released online. Check it out below!

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