(Warning: The following contains a number of potential comic book based SPOILERS for 'Avengers: Infinity War,' as well as the revelation that a heavily teased and long-since officially confirmed character will in fact be appearing in the movie. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise.)
Now, when it comes to gradual introductions to cinematic characters, there haven't been too many more snail-paced than that of Marvel's Thanos. After all, though the mad Titan first appeared way back in 2012's The Avengers, he's still yet to feature in a Marvel movie for more than a few moments, having only a minor role in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, and merely the briefest flicker of a cameo in a post-credit scene attached to 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Indeed, with the villain not expected to fully re-emerge until 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, it looks as though Thanos is going to have a full six-year gestation period from first teasing to full arrival. The good news, then?
It Seems That Thanos Is Going To Be Getting A Lot Of Screen Time In 'Avengers: Infinity War'
Specifically, as Avengers: Infinity War co-writer Christopher Markus recently revealed to Screen Crush, after being asked about the potential loss of shock value that Thanos's lengthy teasing seems likely to ensure:
"We don’t get an element of surprise. Everyone knows he’s coming, and yet he hasn’t had terribly many scenes that have illuminated very much about him...You can count on a lot of scenes [In Avengers: Infinity War, Part One] where we illuminate a lot about him very early."
Which, from the perspective of devoted Thanos fans, is clearly good news — after all, there was always the risk that we'd see the Titan largely side-lined, or perhaps even largely held back for the second installment of the movie.
The big question now, then?
Just What Is Thanos Going To Get Up To When He Finally Arrives?
Well, knowing the comic book Thanos? He'll probably just go right ahead and kill pretty much every living thing in his path, including a whole pile of Avengers.
Which, in fairness, would make for one hell of a first act.
What do you think, though?
Do you think Thanos will end up killing a whole lot of Avengers?