Feige talks Thanos and Avengers (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Source: MTV News

Marvel Uber Producer Kevin Fiege certainly has established the Marvel Movie Universe. So what are next for their franchises? In what Feige calls Phase 2 and Phase 3 he laid it out for MTV as to what’s in store with Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and where Thanos fits in. 

First up those Easter Eggs and teasers at the end of each film:

“There’s a great track record now about lobbing something in at the last moment to get the audience buzzing. Particularly when it came to Thanos, [we knew] that most people in that audience had no idea who that purple guy was — but they could clearly tell he was important, and knew if they asked the two or three people sitting next to them, somebody would know who he was.”
So why the big purple dude, Thanos?
“Clearly, there’s a purpose to us putting him in the end of that movie. We do have plans for him. 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.”
So you heard it Maniacs, Marvel’s Phase 2 is in effect. Here is the release dates for the next slate of Marvel Films:

Iron Man 3 – May 3rd, 2013
Thor: The Dark World – November 8th, 2013
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4th, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1st, 2014

The Avengers 2 – May 1st, 2015