Originally Posted by cherokeesam
He can still appear in Avengers 2, in a *smaller* role. That's what I'm saying. The big face-off doesn't happen until Avengers 3, but Thanos is still a visible presence (with dialogue and everything) in Avengers 2. And a fairly prominent role in GOTG, *if* GOTG comes out before 2017.
That's actually what I've been saying the whole time. I always argued that he could appear in Avengers 2 in a small, background role. The only thing I was disputing is the idea that he'd be the central villain in Avengers 2, after which he would be disposed of, which is just ludicrous.
And personally I'm hoping he turns up in Guardians of the Galaxy, maybe even as an ally. If the enemy is the Universal Church of Truth then they could do a loose adaptation of the storyline where Thanos teams up with Adam Warlock to take down the Magus.