Empire Magazine (via Comic Book Movie and Collider) has posted an intriguing interview with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, one of the major architects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who gives us a few new details on Thor 2. If you are yet to see The Avengers, this article has some minor end-credits spoilers that don’t effect the outcome of that film. You should probably see The Avengers, by the way.
In the interview, Feige confirms that The Avengers was not the destination of the franchise, but rather a significant milestone on the road to building a giant Marvel Cinematic Universe:
The Avengers was not the finale for us. It was a giant, giant marker, but it was never the finale. We are already well into the plan for the next phase of our little cinematic universe.
Talking specifically on Thor 2, Feige also elaborated on Chris Hemsworth’s earlier comments about director Alan Taylor seeking a new organic look and feel to Asgard:
“We’re going to see the other side of Asgard. It’s not all polished and golden in this film. And the events of Avengers will have affected Thor for sure. His relationship with Loki will continue to evolve, and the biggest part is Natalie and Thor returning with Jane Foster.”
Feige also ended speculation that Thanos, who appeared at the end credits of The Avengers, would be playing a significant part in the Thor sequel. Indeed, would he be in the film at all?
“No, future, future. But there will be a major new villain. A major, major new antagonist…”
With Mads Mikkelsen reportedly cast as a villain in Thor 2, and Tom Hiddleston also returning as Thor’s antagonistic brother Loki, speculation begins about which major villain in the Marvel Universe Mikkelsen, or an as yet to be disclosed third party, will be playing. Many are suggesting that The Executioner will be that villain. Indeed, the character has fought Thor on many occasions and even menaced Jane Foster (played by a returning Natalie Portman) and even allied himself with Loki in the past. Of course, where there’s The Executioner, there may be the Enchantress, and that is something we’d like to see.