The purple-faced freakazoid is at the end of the film "The Avengers"?
|Dark Screenshot of "Thanos" from the end of the "Avengers" movie|
It's Thanos, The Mad Titan!
Thanos shows up ever so briefly when "The Other" -- Loki's point man with the Chitauri -- breaks the news to his boss that the Avengers just kicked the butts of the God of Mischief and his alien army. Their invasion of Earth has failed. Standing with his back to the camera amid the cosmic otherness that seems to be becomingde rigueur for Marvel, Thanos turns to reveal his distinctive mug and only-a-mother-can-love chin ridges to the camera. And then… cut to the rest of the credits!
So it was Thanos who actually ordered the attack on Earth… Of course, this all makes sense. We'd been hearing for ages that a second villain might be showing up in The Avengers. Red Skull was frequently mentioned, but of course Thanos' infamous weapon the Infinity Gauntlet did show up in a blink-or-you-miss-it moment in the Thor movie last summer in Odin's weapons room. (The Infinity Gauntlet also made an appearance at Comic-Con a year before that!)
In the comics, Thanos is not an Inhuman. But the Marvel movies have tinkered with their source material before to make it fit onscreen, so who knows? Maybe the Inhumans and the Eternals will be combined to some degree. Either way, it seems likely that Thanos will play some kind of role in that movie, if and when it happens. But even more likely is the character's connection to The Avengers 2. He will be back in the sequel, it seems, and he'll be ready for Earth's Mightiest Heroes this time!
In my opinion, I'm expecting that Thanos and Red Skull are the two of the upcoming Villains here in Marvel:Avengers Alliance.
Maybe in Mission, in new Spec-Ops or in Chapter 8-10, It just a big wild guess.