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After the credits roll on The Avengers, there is a brief scene that appears to hint at who the next villain will be. I thought it looked kind of like the Red Skull, but others I saw it with disagreed.

Who was it?

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curse you for beating me to this question! –  DForck42 May 5 '12 at 15:51
    
I thought he looked like kang the conqueror. –  Dredd May 10 '12 at 14:26
    
I thought it was red skull. Due to the fact that he disapeared at the end of Captain America, and the reference betweek Lokis staff and a hydra weapon. –  user1551 Jun 22 '12 at 5:11
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I just got back from the film, and the mid-credits scene villain is indeed Thanos. He's a cosmic-level villain who seeks to control the universe. The idea that the entire film's plot was just a scheme his minions were working on for him is a pretty great introduction for him. His desire for objects of power suggests that his goal was to get the "Tesseract", which in the comics are called Cosmic Cubes.

In addition, his Chitauri minion referred to attacking Earth as 'courting Death', which is a reference to Thanos having a thing for Death.

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Just as a late note, Thanos is also a bastardization of the Greek word for death, and Thanatos is the name for death in many novels and fictionalizations. –  JohnP Apr 6 at 13:51
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I will confirm this when I see the movie later tonight, but preliminary research indicates that this villain is Thanos

Feige revealed on an Empire magazine podcast that the "master" in the post credits scene is Thanos.

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Definitely looks a lot like the image you linked. I thought he was a little more red in the film, but it might have been a trick of the lighting. –  Sterno May 4 '12 at 22:06
    
@Sterno After seeing it myself, I see. He was rather red when it seems he's blue in these pictures. But hey it was a spectacular movie. –  TylerShads May 5 '12 at 19:25
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The guy in the scene after the credits, is The Mad Titan, THANOS. One of the most powerful beings (villains) in the Marvel Universe.

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