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Kevin Feige teases Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Kevin Feige knows how to play coy. After Jim Starlin seemingly confirmed that Thanos would appear in both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Avengers 2,” the Marvel Studios president knows how to hedge the subject just enough to leave us with half a verification but still excited for the future.

MTV News recently caught up with Feige in anticipation of the September 25 Blu-ray release of “The Avengers” and asked him about the rumors surrounding Thanos. He didn’t say absolutely that the Mad Titan will appear in both Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two films, but he did say that Thanos was teased at the end of “The Avengers” for a reason.

“Clearly, there’s a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie. We do have plans for him,” said Feige. “I wouldn’t say we ever feel the need to rush anything one way or the other. We succeeded in Phase One because we stuck to our guns and stuck to the plan. That plan took place over many, many years and it ultimately paid off. I see Phase Two unfolding in the same way of us taking our time, us doing what’s right for each individual movie, while folding in elements that will not only build up to the culmination of Phase Two, but even Phase Three.”

Feige just seems to be excited about the fact that the Thanos reveal has gotten people interested in his backstory.

“Suddenly, you have a million people who had never heard of an Infinity Gauntlet or a Mad Titan learning those terms,” said Feige. “I love that. I love when the experience goes beyond the movie theater and encourages people to look deeper into our universe. I was equally excited by the notion that people went out and tried shawarma for the first time.”

Apparently there’s a good chance that Damion Poitier, the actor who played Thanos at the end of “The Avengers,” will be recast for the character’s later appearances. “I think we feel pretty free to recast. That was cast for literally that one shot,” Feige said. “Depending on what the role requires from future movies, we’ll go from there.”

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be directed by James Gunn and is due in theaters on August 1, 2014, with “The Avengers 2″ directed by Joss Whedon and coming out on May 1, 2015.

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We’re barely halfway through February, but this year’s Too Many Cooks Award for the most bizarre comedy project is already a lock. Blindsiding the world with greatness without any warning, Funny or Die released a 50-minute Donald Trump parody starring an unrecognizable Johnny Depp as Donny.

Ron Howard introduces this “lost” 1988 TV movie adaptation of Trump’s how-to manual The Art of the Deal produced with the retro quality of a Wendy’s training video. Along for the big hair and shoulder pads flashback are Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Todd Margaret‘s Jack McBrayer, Andy Richter, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, and Michaela Watkins as Ivana — as well as many Reagan-era surprises like a cameo from that loveable cat eater ALF and a theme song by Kenny Loggins.

Much like Eric Jonrosh of The Spoils Before Dying and The Spoils of Babylon fame, “Trump” writes, directs, and narrates his own epic tale of real estate wheelings-and-dealings. Check out the trailer below, and head over to Funny or Die to watch the full Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal movie before the real Donald sics his army of lawyers on Will Ferrell and company. (For more bizarro Johnny Depp characters, be sure to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this month on IFC.)

Thanos to appear in both “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Avengers 2″

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It’s official: not only will Thanos be a presence in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” he’ll also be a villain in “The Avengers 2.”

In a recent interview with Cosmic Book News, Thanos creator Jim Starlin confirmed that there is already a deal in place with Marvel to have the character appear in both films. It seems to imply that Thanos will go on to be “The Avengers 2’s” villain in the same way Loki was first introduced in “Thor” but went on to terrorize Earth’s mightiest in “The Avengers.”

This news means there’s also room for another villain in “Guardians.” A Twitter user named Roger Wardell who seemingly has the inside scoop on Marvel Studios has said that the company plans to use Adam Warlock and his evil alter ego Magus in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which seems like it lines up with this news from Starlin. Magus could be another villain who was manipulated by Thanos the same way Loki was, which would tie in nicely with a major showdown in “The Avengers 2.”

Back when Thanos was first introduced in “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon expressed his excitement about being able to tackle one of the most beloved and terrifying Marvel villains around.

“He for me is the most powerful and fascinating Marvel villain. He’s the great grand daddy of the badasses and he’s in love with death and I just think that’s so cute,” Whedon said. “Somebody had to be in control and had to be behind Loki’s work and I was like ‘It’s got to be Thanos.’ And they said ‘Okay’ and I’m like ‘Oh my God!’”

It was at that time that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige first hinted that we probably won’t get a Thanos payoff until “Guardians” or “The Avengers 2.” Considering we’re going to get it in both, we’d call that wait worthwhile.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be directed by James Gunn and is due in theaters on August 1, 2014, with “The Avengers 2″ directed by Whedon and coming out on May 1, 2015.

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Joss Whedon explains why he almost didn’t direct “The Avengers 2″

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There was a period of time after “The Avengers” came out where Joss Whedon was uncertain whether he’d return for “The Avengers 2.” It took about three months — and the filming of his low budget feature “Much Ado About Nothing” — to convince Whedon that “The Avengers 2″ was the right thing to do, and he’s since entered into a pretty extensive agreement with Marvel to not only direct “The Avengers 2″ but also create a TV series about S.H.I.E.L.D.

In a new interview with Co.Create, Whedon opened up about what help him back initially. Apparently a lot of it had to do with the business side of making the movie.

“There’s a business aspect to it and I would be disingenuous not to say that, but the question for me is, Do I have another story to tell about these people?” Whedon explained. “So we worked on the business side of it and I didn’t think it was going to happen–I was like ‘I’m never going to do this again.’ But once they worked on the business aspect of it I thought that seems fair and cool, so, the question was, Do I have another thing to say?”

He recalled, “I was in London and I went to a pub and had some fish and chips and a pint and started writing in my notebook. I’m writing if I was going to do this what would I say and 40 minutes later I filled the notebook. So I text my agent and said to make the deal. I’m so in love with that universe and the characters and the way they were played and I have so much more I want to do with them. I know I can’t match the success of the first one but I can try to make a better film and that’s what I’m excited about, that’s the new room of fear I’m entering now.”

Whedon also opened up about how filming “Much Ado About Nothing” gave him the space he needed to choose to make “The Avengers 2.” We didn’t need another reason to be excited about and grateful for that movie, but now we have one.

“’The Avengers’ was a job and a really tough job,” Whedon said. “I can’t say that about ‘Much Ado.’ That was a gift, a gift from my wife who said, this is what you want to do. You don’t want to travel. You want to do this. I remember thinking: Have I gone completely mad? Then, I’m shooting and I feel all the tension release from my body. It was amazing.”

“The Avengers 2″ is due in theaters on May 1, 2015.

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