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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Who is Thanos?

Who is Thanos?
Who is Thanos?

Thanos is a major villain in the Marvel Universe.  He is bent on the destruction and end of all things.  He is closely associated with an item called the infinity of gauntlet that grants its user near omnipotent powers.  He is hunted down and opposed by the hero Drax the Destroyer.

First Appearance:  Iron Man #55

Thanos News:
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Bio:
There is Big, there is Bad and then there's Thanos...
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Thanos the name in Greek means either Death or Eternal depending on who I ask.  Either is an appropriate description of the character Thanos.

Thanos is the biggest of the big bads that Marvel has.   While other villains want to get rich, or conquer the world, Thanos wants to literally end existence in a bid to get Mistress Death to give him attention.

 He is super strong, intelligent, ruthless, telepathic and powerful and a master of variety of scientific and mystical arts that make him one of toughest warriors in the Marvel Universe.  To get to the powerlevel of destroying life Thanos seeks out the infinity gems.

Thanos fellow Titans realize the threat Thanos poses to existence and so create a hero whose sole purpose is to oppose and destroy Thanos.  Thanos's father, Mentor takes the soul of a victim of Thanos and creates Drax the Destroyer.  Drax is given a powerful body and desires only vengeance on Thanos.  Unknown to Drax mentor also saved his daughter and raised her Titan, she later emerges  as the hero, Moondragon.

Thanos wipes the race known as the Zen Whoberi.  He takes the last offspring of the species names her Gamora and raises her as a daughter.  He is not a kind father but instead trains Gamora to be tough and ruthless.  Working for her father as an assassin she gains the reputation of the most dangerous woman in the galaxy.  She later betrays Thanos and becomes one of his most stalwart enemies.

His search, battle and eventual getting the God like power of the infinity gauntlet were the story of a few major Marvel events.  Thanos has been killed a few times, only to be brought back.

During Thanos Imperative the Guardians of the Galaxy actually bring him back to life so as an avatar of Death he can face off against an evil world where they is only life.



Relatives:
  • Mentor - Father
  • Gamora - Adopted daughter
  • Nebula - Claims to be biological daughter in the comics (disputed by Thanos).  She is an adopted daughter of Thanos in the MCU.




Creation:
Thanos is one of the creations of comic writer Jim Starlin.  Jim Starlin was taking psychology courses at the time and conceived of Drax the Destroyer and Thanos.  Thanos being a villain infatuated with death and Drax being character created to destroy him.   Given a chance to write for Ironman he threw both characters into the story.  Initially, Thanos was somewhat skinny, Starlin had based his design of him off of Metron one of the new gods at DC.  Editor Roy Thomas looked at the design and suggested he beef up Thanos and copy the better new god Dark Siege.  For this reason Thanos and Darkseid are both similar looking and serve a similar role as the super bad and power villain.  The similarity is pretty well known.  During one universe cross over event the similarity is even referenced with Darkseid finds the infinity gauntlet.  Lucky for everyone he is unable to use it.  Apparently, its powers are isolated to the Marvel Universe, which was good from everyone.

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Thanos's Powerlevel
Thanos's power level is very high.  He can pretty take on any character in the Marvel Universe and with the infinity gauntlets has literally taken on every character in the universe.

Powers:
Super strength
Super durability
Longevity - approaching immortality
Genuis level intelligence

Sometimes Thanos has been shown to use:
Telekinesis
Teleportation
Energy projection and manipulation

Thanos Marvel Cinematic Universe
Thanos will be played by Josh Brolin.  I am still not clear if he will only lend his voice to a CGI created Thanos or if he will be in a costume.


The Thanos of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still somewhat of a mystery.  It is unclear if his motivations will be the same as his comic counterpart.
What is known is that he will be the main villain featured in Avengers 3, and he will show up in Guardians of the Galaxy.
He made a brief appearance in the after credit scene of the Avengers.  Thanos provided Loki with the Chitauri Scepter with Mind Infinity Gem attached.  It was also one of his armies that invaded Earth at the behest of Loki.
Did Loki have the Mind Infinity Gem in the Avengers?

In Marvel Prelude #1 we see a Thanos more focused on Strength and ridding oneself of weakness than a focus on Death.
Review of Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude #1


Related:
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Tivan Corp Infinity Gem Tracker
Guardians of the Galaxy Character Hub 
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Who is Drax the Destroyer? 
Who is Moondragon? 
Guardians of the Galaxy Easter Eggs

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