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What not to say: At the very end of The Avengers (or Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, if you happen to be working for Disney UK), there is a credit sting that shows purple-faced smackdown distributor Thanos smiling a menacing smile. Who’s this broccoli-faced golem, you wonder? Well, in the Marvel Universe, he’s kind of a big deal; in fact, he’s one of the biggest big bad’s in Marvel’s big bad back catalogue.

The scene starts with a shot of the deepest part of the cosmos before panning round to a floating rock where the leader of the Avengers’ cannon fodder enemy, the Chitauri, is having a moan at his unseen master: “They were not the cowering wretches we were promised! They stand, and are unruly, and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court death…”

Then, Thanos smiles. He smiles because he is obsessed with death. His whole purpose in the universe is to suck up to his anthropomorphic vision of Death – called Mistress Death, no less – by killing mortals something chronic with an all-powerful MacGuffin called the Infinity Gauntlet, supposedly hidden somewhere in Odin’s vault. So “courting death” is a joke, because that’s exactly what he’s doing… chatting up Mistress Death. It’s all very amusing, if you happen to know all the facts that would make it amusing.

Did we see it coming? In the world of comic book nerddom, many did. As far back as July 2011, conjectures were conjectured, and the guessers guessed that the dragon-like baddo in the trailer was just one of many and not actually Iron Man villain Fin Fang Foom. Now, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has said that Thanos will be involved in the Guardians Of The Galaxy film (due out August 1, 2014) as well as the 2015 Avengers sequel, cementing his position as the intergalactic überevil the Marvel cinematic universe needs.

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