Marvel has officially released the post-credits scene from The Avengers featuring Thanos! I remember sitting in the theater when this scene played out, and half of the theater was like, who in the hell is that guy? The villain is one of the Eternals, consumed with the desire to destroy and conquer, and is a link to Marvel's recently announced movie Guardians of the Galaxy, which will lead us into The Avengers 2.
Now you can watch the scene over and over again if you want! Enjoy!
For those of you who want a detailed rundown of the character Thanos here ya go...
Thanos is a fictional character that appears in comic books and other media published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Iron Man#55 (Feb. 1973) and was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin.
Debuting in the Bronze Age of comic books, the character has featured in over three decades of Marvel continuity and a self-titled series. The character's name is a derivation of Thanatos, the personification of death and mortality in Greek mythology. One of his more prominent storylines to date—the Infinity Gauntletseries—portrayed him as a mad cosmic tyrant bent on slaying half of allsentiences existing then in Marvel's multiverse in order to appease the Marvel Universe's actual (and more powerful) embodied personification of Death in an attempt to win its love.
Thanos is a mutant member of the race of superhumans known as the TitanianEternals. The character possesses abilities common to the Eternals, but in some cases far beyond any other known member of his race; acquired through a combination of his mutant Eternal heritage, bionic amplification, mysticism, and the entity Death. He has demonstrated enormous superhuman strength, stamina, and particularly durability; is able to absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy, enough to obliterate planets; is virtually ageless and immortal; does not need food, drink, or oxygen; and is capable of certain telekinesis, as well as telepathy and matter manipulation. The advanced technology within his transportation chairs includes force field projection, time travel, movement throughalternate universes, space flight, and teleportation over interstellar distances. Thanos is an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, having been trained in the art of war on Titan.
Thanos possesses superhuman intellect (he considers his mind his greatest weapon) and has knowledge of Celestial and other alien technology. Thanos is a genius in virtually all known fields of advanced science and has created technology far exceeding contemporary Earth science. He is also a master strategist and sometimes utilizes a space vessel called Sanctuary II as a base of operations.