Alexis Denisof Discusses His ‘Avengers’ Mid-Credits Scene as ‘The Other’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:53 am,

[Warning! Avengers SPOILERS Follow!]

Marvel Studios is still riding high following the gargantuan success of The Avengers, which delivered two-plus hours of enjoyable and exciting superhero cinema. (Warning: Avengers spoilers ahead!) While the real takeaway from the film was seeing the assembled team of heroes working together, fans were also given a very intriguing mid-credits button scene that introduced the villain Thanos to the cinematic universe, ensuring everyone that there is still plenty to be excited about for Marvel as it enters “Phase II” of its film endeavors.

Also seen in that mid-credits scene with Thanos was his henchman – known simply as “The Other” – who appeared multiple times in the film, working with Loki and eventually providing him the Chitauri that invaded Earth in the final act. “The Other” is played by actor/frequent Joss Whedon collaborator Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse) who is completely unrecognizable in the movie, both in appearance and voice. Denisof spoke recently  about his involvement in The Avengers and whether he’ll have a role in future Marvel films.

 Alexis Denisof Discusses His Avengers Mid Credits Scene as The Other

Denisof joked about the “gag order” put in place once he secured the part, and while he might have missed out on all of the hype surrounding the film up until its release, fans (along with writer/director Joss Whedon) have to be pleased he didn’t risk spoiling anything; Thanos’ cameo did in fact drop like a “secret bomb” the way Whedon wanted it to, and elicited the desired response from devoted Marvel fans.

If you want to hear Denisof talk about ‘The Other experience’ in full, head over to IGN.

It’s certainly not a stretch to imagine Marvel bringing Denisof back as “The Other” in whichever film(s) where Thanos serves as the main antagonist (Guardians of the GalaxyThe Avengers 2?). Big villains typically have some sort of underling by their side, but Denisof’s involvement wouldn’t make or break an upcoming movie, by any means. Given the number of characters Marvel will already be working with in its future films, the likelihood of “The Other” serving as anything larger than a bit player is pretty slim. If “The Other” is seen in more movies, he’ll most likely be in a role very similar to what we saw in The Avengers.

Thanos in The Avengers  Alexis Denisof Discusses His Avengers Mid Credits Scene as The Other

Denisof probably isn’t involved in too many of the meetings where Marvel films are hashed out, but he does acknowledge that there are “very cool conversations” taking place as to what’s next for The Avengers follow-up. That Denisof has even that much insight suggests he could be popping up as “The Other” sooner before later.

We will, of course, keep you posted on any and all news related to future Marvel films – including any word of inclusion for “The Other.”

Source: IGN

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  1. Wesley from Angel!
    Angel was a good show that ended too abruptly, wish they gave it another season to wrap up the whole Angel/Buffy story arc and give the fans some sort of closure; although I have to say the final season of Angel, in particular the first half of the season was total garbage: Angel was turned into a puppet in one episode!

    Angel, Wesley, and co definitely deserved a better end, and sop did Buffy. Joss Whedon did such a good job at creating this whole universe and ultimately left us with no closure. Hopefully if they Alexis Denisoff and Joss Whedon can gain some more popularity we can get a Angel/buffy movie going in the near future.

    • Really!?!? Seasons 3 and 4 were garbage. The final season brought Angel back to respectability a large part in thanks to James Marsters whose Spike had epic chemistry with David Boreanaz. And that pupper episode was a classic, one of the best of the series; to each his own i guess.
      Unfortunately, there will be no movie, all the actors have moved on, but we can only dream. All of the continuation is in graphic novel.

    • While Angel was finished to soon, you can blame the WB for that one, I believe negotiations broke down over renewing for one year or contracts for two years, but Buffy ended when it should. But the endings were perfect for both series. Buffy could move on and Angel was still fighting the good fight. But you know Whedon has continued both Angel and Buffy in comic form at Dark Horse? Their stories are still going and still written, in most part, by Whedon. I highly recommend the ‘Angel and Faith’ series.

  2. I think it was Scapegoat who first mentioned that The Other could actually be some version of Ronan The Accuser. In the Ultimate Universe, Ronan is Thanos’ son, so it might not be too much of a stretch.

    My theory is still that he’s only a “lackey” though: purely a minion to the all-powerful Thanos, but it is Marvel after all, so who knows what’s gonna happen next…

    On another note, Thanos looks amazing in that screenshot. In the theater we only saw him for a split second each time so being able to have a clear look at the guy is just awesome. Thanks ScreenRant!

  3. Strange. I don’t remember that purple energy sphere being there.

    • i think that pic is the concept art.

    • I thought it was a moon or planet :)

  4. I’ve always wanted an article about Alexis’ Avengers appearance. Thank you Mr.Payne.
    It would be cool if he was brought back and fleshed out more.

  5. i figured he was based on mephisto

    • doh just seen your post good call.

  6. im calling it- hes going to end up being mephisto!!

    • I highly doubt it. If they weren’t willing to use the “god” theme with Asgard, instead opting to explain them as aliens, then I think they are trying to steer clear of the more theological side of things.

      • ahh mayybe, but in earth 616 mephisto plays a prominent role with thanos when he acquires the infinity gauntlet, already seen in thor.
        and seeing as marvel likes to mix up their unniverses/multiverse onscreen (chitauri,caps uniform,alien asgardian)it is possible that mephisto could have his earth 9997 origin that, of one of the first deviants

        • ohhh, you forced me to look something up, congratulations! :)

          I would love to see every avenue and back story explored for all these characters but for big movies with limited run time, some things have to be left behind. For instance The Celestials, Death, Eternity, The Beyonder, etc. I just don’t see having a place because they are a bit TOO deep for the general audience to “get”.

          So while explaining Mephisto as yet another being posing as a godly, diabolic entity might work, it is a bit too derivative of the Asgard explanation and still associates itself a bit too closely with modern religions. It’s one thing to mock myth and legend but to do so with Christianity is a dangerous line marvel shouldn’t cross in it’s movies.

          • true, but marvel shouldnt be afraid to dream a little bigger darling ;)

            remember we have guardians of the galaxy, disneys budget and 4 movies a year, the first avengers reveal was thanos, lets see what happens in the 2nd and 3rd after they have explored the cosmic aspect with GOG, celestials,tiatans,inhumans,kree! their only limit is their imagination, something marvel/disney are not lacking!

            • Well if you believe some people, they would tell you having a talking raccoon in a supporting role is already going beyond feasibility. So I would say Marvel is at the cutting edge and building “the dream” :)

          • I understand why you would think they wouldnt use theological sources to muck things up, but if you remeber the whole reason for the infinty gauntlet event and the fact that “the other” said that humans were unruly and to try to rule them would be “to court death”. The infinty gauntlet saga was about Thanos trying to impress Death! I think they may go down that route

            • Yes but Death as an entity is not theological but the end result of life (well for most of us anyway). regardless of your religious beliefs you will inevitably die. So as long as they don’t go too deep into the concept we should be fine.

              The other distinct possibility is they could just omit that part of his character. He can simply be a godly being out to rule the cosmos with no unhealthy fascination with death.

    • Sorry but that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Since Ghost Rider is still a property of Sony Pictures, they have to make another Ghost Rider film before the rights to him (and all his supporting characters) transfer back to Marvel/Disney (I believe the rights go back if seven years go by after the last film is released but I’m not certain). Mephisto appeared in the first Ghost Rider so he will most likely never appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

      • lol, I think you win. :)

  7. titans^^^ sorry been down the pub!

  8. THANOS!!!

  9. All Three Scenes With The Other Were Just Spectacular, Hope Alexis Denisof’s Character Gets A Bigger Role In Phase 2 Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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  11. “He does acknowledge that there are “very cool conversations” taking place as to what’s next for The Avengers follow-up. That Denisof has even that much insight suggests he could be popping up as “The Other” sooner before later.”

    I think he’s returning for Guardians of the Galaxy, and maybe, just maybe, even Avengers: Age of Ultron.

    Am so excited. He was fantastic as The Other, but, sadly, hearing him speak before the vocal FX were added, kinda dulls out the scene so much. lol. If you’ve seen any deleted scenes….. ;)