The previous sequences left us thrilled and confused in varying measures, but no film elicited as many "WTF?" responses as the end of The Avengers (or, sorry, Marvel's Avengers Assemble), which in its mid-credits sequence made it clear where the evil chain of command led, to this helmet-clad figure who bemused just as many people as he excited.
The nerds were at once screaming, "It's Thanos!", while more casual viewers - likely the majority of the audience - were promptly whipping out their smartphones to try and figure out who it was. Indeed, it's the briefest of glimpses and a pretty ambiguous scene on the whole, so it's no surprise that this had so many of us pausing our Blu-Rays when it finally hit stores.
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Frequently sleep-deprived film addict and video game obsessive who spends more time than is healthy in darkened London screening rooms. Follow his twitter on @ShaunMunroFilm or e-mail him at shaneo632 [at] gmail.com.