News for the Avengers' biggest outing yet is few and far between: after all, Marvel have 5 more films to come before [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027). But thanks to Hollywood's most drawn out foreshadowing ever, we know for sure that Thanos will be the villain, and Joss Whedon recently teased that the interstellar baddie would not be alone!
“A lot of people were surprised that Thanos wasn’t the villains in Avengers 2, but he was never meant to be. He was always meant to be the puppet-master until he was done doing that, and then he’ll be the big villain they face off with. Not solely – I’m sure there’ll be plenty more villains in that monstrous epic, because one thing Marvel doesn’t do is string a story out into two movies that shouldn’t be two movies.”
So who could join Thanos in his fight against the Avengers? And will [Avengers: Infinity War - Part II](tag:2390833) end in a vicious skirmish for villain dominance?
Anything For Love
Death is the most likely villain to appear... though in fairness she's less of a villain, more of a concept. The personification of, well, death, Lady Death is the paramour of Thanos. In the comics, he assembles the Infinity Gems just to impress her, intending to use them to destroy all life in the universe. As strange as his logic is (death cannot exist without life after all), Thanos seems to be succeeding in his plan to win over Death... until he is defeated by the Avengers of course.
It's not clear yet whether Avengers 3 will follow this comic plot, but all signs so far point towards this story being mirrored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it's unclear who owns the rights to the character: Lady Death isn't part of any particular franchise, and has also had a love affair with Deadpool. Unless Fox are planning to use her in their upcoming Deadpool film, Marvel probably have free reign over the character.
Will we see her in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1? Probably!
Back From The Dead
Rumours are flying about Red Skull appearing in Avengers 3. While the Nazi villain was killed way back in Captain America: The First Avenger, it was an Infinity Gem that caused his destruction. Could it be that in constructing the Gauntlet, Thanos inadvertently brings Red Skull back from the dead? Or, with Lady Death on his side, Thanos might request a resurrection, so he can use Red Skull as an ally in the fight against the Avengers.
As interesting a plot twist as this would be, it doesn't seem likely, though it is possible. Although Hugo Weaving has absolutely no interest in reprising the role, he has a multi-movie contract with Marvel. If they want him, they got him! Unless he wriggles out of it of course...
"I signed a multi-picture deal for Captain America. I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to."
Luckily for Weaving, no-one from Marvel HQ has contacted him yet about a Red Skull appearance in Infinity War. So while technically the actor is available to them, it doesn't look like Marvel want to recycle their villains.
Go It Alone
Though Whedon seems to think that we'll be seeing an epic villain team up in Avengers 3, Thanos really doesn't need allies. Once all the Gems come together, the Gauntlet makes him essentially all powerful. He'll have no trouble fending off the Avengers, and in fact, they're going to have some difficulty defeating him, if the rumours of Cap, Thor, and Iron Man dying are anything to go by.
So we better buckle up: as part of a team or going solo, Thanos is ready to wreck havoc on all the Avengers hold dear!