Re: Avengers Sequel ideas?
I see Thanos returning a lot sooner than some of you are expecting.
Like, next year.
I see Thor 2, in particular, picking up almost exactly where Avengers left off. We open in Asgard, with Loki put on trial before Odin and the other Asgardians for his treachery. While the trial is going on, Thor re-connects with old friends --- Heimdall, Sif, the Warriors Three. The trial concludes with Loki being sentenced to an unbelievably harsh banishment sentence --- in the comics/myths, he undergoes a Promethean-type penance, with the Midgard Serpent eternally dripping acid into his propped-open eyeballs.
Meantime, Odin takes a quiet moment in the Treasury to tell Thor how proud he is of the god he has become, and believes he is responsible enough to take the throne soon. Suddenly, the Cosmic Cube starts acting up, and, just like in Avengers, someone is opening a portal on the other side. Loki? Thor wonders. No, Odin replies....worse.
Thanos teleports into the Treasury Room in all his glory. Explains how he manipulated Loki like a pawn to maneuver the Cube into this room, where Thanos can now claim the prize he was actually after all along --- his "stolen" Infinity Gauntlet. Thor, Odin, Heimdall, the Warriors Three, Sif....all fall before Thanos' might. Thanos takes the Gauntlet and escapes back into the Cosmos, leaving Asgard in ruins (and maybe Odin dead, or on death's door).
Thor needs to find Thanos, and find *some* way to defeat him. The only way he can track him is through someone who knows how to open wormholes in space. Odin is too weak (or, again, maybe even dead) to transport Thor away, so his only chance is to summon what little resources he has left to combine with Heimdall to reestablish a temporary bridge back to Midgard, where he can find Dr. Selvig and Jane Foster at the observatory in Norway.
But after a long-delayed reunion, Jane and Selvig inform Thor that it's not going to be that simple to just "home in" on Thanos and the Gauntlet. They'll need to have some kind of concept of where Thanos actually lives in the universe. And Thor knows of only one being who has seen the Throne of Thanos....his banished half-brother....
THE COTTON AVENGERS
...They move like slick cotton on oil.