THE AVENGERS (2012): Ending Explained, THE AVENGERS 2 Plot Details

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The Avengers Ending Explained, The Avengers 2 Plot Details. The explanation of the ending to The Avengers (2012) gives plot details for The Avengers 2. The explantation of the ending to The Avengers is a simple one for the movie directed by Joss Whedon and starring Scarlett JohanssonClark Gregg, Robert Downey Jr, Chris EvansChris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie SmuldersTom HiddlestonStellan SkarsgårdLou Ferrigno, Jenny Agutter, Gwyneth Paltrow,Paul Bettany, Alicia Sixtos, Frank Powers, Darren Kendrick, and Joseph M. Abbott.

It can explained in one word: Thanos. We previously reviewed The Avengers here: The Avengers (2012) Film Review.

The mysterious person that turns and smiles after the line is given: “…is to court death itself.” is the Marvel villain Thanos.



I should say super villain because of all of the powers Thanos possesses.

Thanos’ powers include:

enormous superhuman strength, stamina, and particularly durability; is able to absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy; is virtually ageless and immortal; does not need food, drink, or oxygen; and is capable of certain telekinesis, as well as telepathy and matter manipulation. The advanced technology within his transportation chairs includes force field projection, time travel, movement through alternate universes, space flight, and teleportation over interstellar distances. Thanos is an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in the art of war on Titan.

Thanos possesses superhuman intellect (he considers his mind his greatest weapon) and has knowledge of Celestial and other alien technology. Thanos is a genius in virtually all known fields of advanced science and has created technology far exceeding contemporary Earth science. He is also a master strategist and sometimes utilizes a space vessel called Sanctuary II as a base of operations.

All things considered, “[i]t’s a scene, or rather, a moment that plays strictly to the comic geeks in the audience.”

More information on Thanos:

Thanos is a mutant member of the race of superhumans known as the Titanian Eternals. The character possesses abilities common to the Eternals, but in some cases far beyond any other known member of his race; acquired through a combination of his mutant Eternal heritage, bionic amplification, mysticism, and the entity Death.

Why did Thanos turn and smile when death was mentioned?

he [was] born “misshapen and monstrous”, especially when compared to rest of his race of pretty people. From there, Thanos has one consuming passion that runs almost pretty much through his entire story:

He is obsessed with Death. So when the Chitauri leader says that to fight The Avengers would be “courting death itself,” it gives Thanos a smiley face.

Comics being comics, death isn’t only a concept; it’s a literal being. From the Marvel Wiki:

Growing in power and infamy as he traveled the universe, Thanos once met Death itself, as it appeared to him embodied in a female form. Thanos was infatuated with the being, and endeavored to make himself worthy in order to earn her love in return. With an army under his command, he nearly destroyed his former home of Titan, declaring himself its ruler. He then sought out the powerful Cosmic Cube [known as the “Tesseract” in the movies], and a number of Earth’s heroes assembled to confront him.

This *could be* The Avengers 2 plot point and the string that will connect Thanos to all the Marvel films that have dealt with the Cosmic Cube. Since Marvel okayed the inclusion of Thanos at the end of The Avengers, it must have been broached that he would appear or be a influence in The Avengers 2 (though they did not know at that time that there would be a second film. It may have been Marvel planning ahead or just letting Joss Whedon include something cool).

And then there is Thanos’ famous gauntlet

In addition to his Death fixation, Thanos is also known for being the wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet…the Gauntlet is in Odin’s vault [the Thor connection and by extension, an Avengers connection as well].

Mistress Death believed that there was a cosmic imbalance in the universe – that there were more living than there were dead. As a result, Death resurrects her loyal servant Thanos, who is appointed the task of killing off half of the population of the universe. Not only is Thanos’ power augmented by Death, he is granted access to the Infinity Well, where he realizes the power of the Infinity Gems. After much plotting and scheming, Thanos wrestles the gems from their owners and gains mastery over Power, Mind, Space, Reality, Time, and the Soul.

Looking ahead to The Avengers 2, Thanos’ Death-obsession and the Infinity Gauntlet are the two things you should currently keep in mind because Marvel put them on the table.

Infinitt Gauntlet Odins Vault

Infinity Gauntlet Odin’s Vault

They currently did but what is the point of having someone as powerful as Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet in The Avengers 2? Anything bad Thanos does to The Avengers through the Infinity Gauntlet will most-likely be reversed by the time the credits roll. That is the cynic in me, sorry, but it doesn’t make it any less true.

Joss Whedon could do something very cool through the Infinity Gauntlet: [spoiler], from memory, Captain America is one of the last superheros standing when Thanos gets done with them. The others had been dispatched in very, very creative ways through the gauntlet. [end spoiler] Whedon could bring back Strategic Scientific Reserve Officer Peggy Carter (Steve Rogers love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger) through Thanos and the Gauntlet to entice Captain America to stop fighting. Whedon wanted to bring back Peggy in The Avengers but didn’t because of pacing issues.

Whedon also suggests that more women might be added to the next The Avengers film, my Peggy Carter speculation notwithstanding.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Joss Whedon suggested that The Avengers was a little heavy on the testosterone and the sequel could use some more female superheroes.

[Whedon said] Studios will tell you: A woman cannot headline an action movie. After The Hunger Games they might stop telling you that a little bit. Whatever you think of the movie, it’s done a great service. And after The Avengers, I think it’s changing.

…who could join the team? Several of the more famous Marvel ladies – Invisible Woman, all the X-Ladies – are at other studios. She-Hulk could probably work, Wasp is the safe bet as an Ant-Man movie is in development and EW’s article surmises Scarlet Witch, Moondragon, Hellcat, or Mantis (a decent bet too being one of the Guardians of the Galaxy).

What do you think of Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, Peggy Carter or superhero women appearing in The Avengers 2?

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Source: Wikipedia, Collider, SlashfilmLatino Review

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  • antonio dueñas

    I hope is better than the first one.Although Loki is a good villain,he seems a clown and the Chitauris are lame characters.

  • I hope it is better than the first one as well.

  • Thanos is a villain of such immense power, I don’t even see how the Avengers could fight him… having said that though.. I do REALLY enjoy him. I used to collect Marvel Trading Cards and Thanos was always one of my favorites in every set!

  • Justin Rich


  • I was one of those comic geeks who squealed when I saw Thanos. In the comics, Thanos winds up battling the rest of cosmic beings (such as Eternity and even Death).

    [major spoiler alert]
    He’s only undone when he lost the gauntlet to his daughter Nebula (Thanos had projected himself as Eternity, leaving his physical self alone; Nebula then yanked the glove off his hand), who then lost the glove to Warlock
    [end major spoler alert]

    In order to have a story similar in scope to the comic The Infinity Gauntlet, you would need to introduce quite a few new characters (including ideally adding Silver Surfer… who is currently property of Fox). So I would guess Whedon would figure something else out (perhaps taking a cue from earlier Thanos stories)

  • Ed

    Someone sounds very frustrated. Depsite the last name you come across very poor.

  • Actually Silver Surfer and Galactus have been re appropriated by marvel studios in a deal to let fox keep Daredevil, so The Surfer is a def possibility

  • hey justin,why so serious??? god damn troll,go back under your bridge please!!!!!

  • becuase he’s the god of mischif…and you need to start a franchise someplace,why not start with loki and the chitauris!

  • There is an old Marvel
    comic book I steel have, about Thanos trying to destroy the Earth and the
    avengers fighting him back. If the movie will be anything similar to the comic
    book, it will take epical proportions, and can be a great story. I hope it will
    be great!

  • syko23

    I’m hoping Avengers 2 will have Thanos beat and kill some of the Avengers/ Marvel heroes, ending with the movie universe in chaos. Avengers 3 picks up right after and some heroes are back from the “dead” other come out of hiding and Thanos is beaten.
    Thanos is TOO big a villian for one movie. I would think his story should be 2 movies filmed back to back and released 6/ 12 months apart.
    Maybe have one movie tie-in Avengers 3. Have Avengers 2 in summer 2014, rebooted FF in Nov/ Dec 2014 and Avengers 3 in summer 2015.
    The rebooted FF could include Silver Surfer and maybe Galactus could be included in the FF movie and in some fashion included in Avengers 2 or 3!

  • He will be a supervillain unlike any other any Marvel superhero will face. Thanos stopped Thor’s hammer with his bare hand, blasted Galactus away, went toe-to-toe against Tyrant, absorbed Darkseid’s Omega beams, withstood a full blast from Odin, and punched Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics) from the moon to the earth.


  • Jack Moore

    I’m hoping in Avengers 2 they will only have Pepper Potts as a token female, barefoot again of course, and stop the nonsense of adding in more females. You have the 4 avengers that matter, stop cramming in women for the hell of it. Unless you’re going to add Wasp and Antman, just don’t!

  • Potts’ appearance in The Avengers was good and no one wants to see token characters in the film.

    Ant-Man is getting his own stand alone film.

  • But will they make him that powerful in the film?

  • They should wait until all the Marvel properties are back at MS to do this

  • marty walsh

    dude you are so fucking retarded!! thag isnt thanos, thats hydra from captain america you fucking idiot

  • Robadude32

    Joss Whedon believes in all this and I’m sure he’d tell you to jump in the lake Justin.

  • Rob_Keyes

    You should source my article on Screen Rant where that Odin’s Vault image (and a lot of the info) came from for the other posts.


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