Thanos (Marvel)

The Mad Titan

So who is Thanos? Well, The Mad Titan is actually your perfect villain. He’s ruthless, he’s cunning, and he has one of the most powerful weapons in existence at his disposal: The Infinity Gauntlet.

Thanos is a Marvel Comics character who first appeared in the comic book Iron Man #55 (Feburary 1973) by creators Jim Starlin and Mike Friedrich.

In this blog post, we will explore how Thanos gained control of the Infinity Gauntlet and what it means for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to face him on equal footing.

Relatives & Affiliation

A’Lars | Father

A'Lars

Ages ago, a little boy named Alars was born in Titanos, the second son of Chronos and Daina, two Eternals from that very first generation. As a result of the great civil war that separated the first colony of Eternals, A’lars and his brother Zuras were brought up in the aftermath of the conflict.

Having come out on top in the civil war, Chronos spent the rest of his life researching the cosmic life force he believed his people were capable of achieving. An explosion caused by the release of cosmic energy disintegrated Chronos’ body and granted immortality to all the Eternals inside the force field. After that, A’lars followed in the footsteps of his father and became a scientist, too.

Sui-San | Mother

Sui-San

Sui-San had two kids with A’Lars. Eros was the first. Sui-San went insane after seeing the baby with Deviant Syndrome and decided to give him the name Thanos. She attempted to murder him as well, feeling death being in his presence. A’Lars intervened to prevent Sui-San from killing Thanos, and she was eventually confined.

When Thanos was a teenager, Sui-San returned home. Immediately after the disappearances of two of Thanos’ friends, she approached Thanos and accused him of being the killer. Thanos hunted down Sui-San after killing several people, hoping to discover the secret to his identity in her corpse.

Starfox | Brother

Starfox

Unlike his older brother Thanos, who was a ruthless conqueror, Eros is a playful, freewheeling womanizer and adventurer who grew up on Titan with A’lars (also known as Mentor). It wasn’t until Thanos unleashed his first big assault on Titan that Eros began to take his own life a little more seriously.

Starfox uses his persuasion abilities to relax and open people’s minds by stimulating their pleasure centres psionically. This euphoric effect has been claimed to allow Starfox to manipulate people or things into falling in love with him or just to make others feel wonderful while he is there when they come into contact. The euphoric power has no effect on Thanos unfortunately. His telepathic abilities are shared by all Eternals to a certain extent, but he perfected them in a way that was entirely unique to him. Starfox’s mental abilities don’t function on those without pleasure centres. Following Eros’ request, these abilities were subsequently turned off in order to prevent them from being exploited.

Thane | Son

thane

Thane is Thanos’s long-lost Inhuman son. In the aftermath of Thanos and his army being attacked by an Inhuman tribe, an unnamed Inhuman lady got pregnant with Thanos’ child.

Thanos began looking for his long-lost son many years later, together with his Black Order. They would destroy planets and demand the heads of young men aged sixteen to twenty-two or they would exterminate the whole planet’s population. It was the course of his investigation that brought him to our planet Earth.

Thanos eventually met his son, Thane, and was ready to murder him. But Ebony Maw betrayed his lord and let Thane battle his father when the Avengers arrived on the scene to defeat Thanos.

Gamorra | Daughter

Gamora

Gamora is the lone survivor of her race, the Zen-Whoberis. Thanos kidnapped her while she was a child and turned her into a weapon of mass destruction. In order to murder the Magus, the villainous, future version of Adam Warlock. Thanos raised and prepared Gamora to be a killer which earned her the nickname “The deadliest woman in the whole galaxy”.

Gamora grew up with little compassion from Thanos, yet she remained steadfastly devoted to the man who had promised her the chance to revenge the deaths of her parents. Eventually, Gamora came to doubt her father’s obsessive fascination with Death, and she misled him by joining Warlock.

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Death

Death

Thanos has already been obsessed with Death from when he was a teenager. He loves her more than life itself and will do anything to prove that love to her. This means wiping out all or half of all life in the universe.

When Death appears, it is usually as a skeleton in a black and purple robe, although she may also be represented as a beautiful woman. The character is a cosmic creature modelled after death’s personification. Death is an abstract concept in the Marvel Universe, representing the end of life and the polar opposite of Eternity, which represents the whole of space and time.

Black Order

Black Order

Assembled by Thanos, the Black Order is a strike force of intergalactic soldiers with superhuman powers. 

  • Ebony Maw
  • Corvus Glaive
  • Proxima Midnight
  • Black Dwarf
  • Supergiant

These make up the original version, which was established in the 2013 Infinity storyline. Black Swan joined the team later on as well.

King Thanos

king thanos

In reality Earth-TRN666, we encounter King Thanos. He has defeated every foe that crossed him and only he remains in his universe together with Rider and the Hulk which he owns like a dog.

Essential Stories About Thanos

The Thanos Quest

In The Thanos Quest, Eternal Thanos of Titan has been freed from Death’s realm, and now he is on the loose. Therefore, he promises to exterminate half of the universe’s inhabitants. As a result, he embarks on a quest to acquire the universe’s most lethal weapons: the Infinity Gems!

Infinity Gauntlet

The Infinity Gauntlet is Thanos’ ultimate aim – the treasure he sought beyond all else. It is the beginning of omnipotence: total mastery over all things, including the fabric of space and time as well as the faculties of the intellect and the soul itself. It is the start of a dreadful nightmare for the whole universe, though, because of his acquiring ultimate power.

Earth’s superheroes unite in a last-ditch effort to stop the nihilistic god from destroying the galaxy, headed by the mystical Adam Warlock. Is there any hope of victory in such a titanic intergalactic struggle? Is there a chance for anybody to escape?

The Infinity War

Previously thought to be extinguished, Adam Warlock’s dark side known as the Magus has reappeared in order to gather the Infinity Gems and reassemble the Infinity Gauntlet. He enlisted the help of villainous Marvel superhero clones to fight and overthrow the real heroes. After Thanos was defeated in the Infinity Gauntlet, he was banished. When he heard of the Magus’ intentions, he joined Adam Warlock and the other heroes in their quest to save the universe.

The Infinity Crusade

Adam Warlock’s pure benevolent side, the Goddess, has arrived to bring harmony and love to the cosmos. She’s put a halt to all criminal activity. Marvel superheroes such as Captain America and Spider-Man support her cause. Mephisto and Thanos are the only ones standing in her way. Where does it leave us? As Earth’s heroes clash, the Goddess’ real intentions are revealed, and Adam Warlock is forced to look within himself for answers! Be ready for a crisis of faith in the cosmos!

Annihilation

The Negative Zone’s ruler, Annihilus, has launched an invasion! Few heroes stand a chance against his devastating Annihilation Wave as it rampages through the Universe and destroys everything in its course! While Nova studies the arts of battle from Drax the Destroyer, the Silver Surfer enlists the help of his old master, Galactus.  Although Nova and Quasar’s army is leading the assault, Thanos, the Mad Titan, seems to be the last chance for the cosmos as our heroes die and Annihilus advances.

The Thanos Imperative

The Fault, a potentially deadly cosmic rift, has torn up a gateway to the Marvel World, unleashing the twisted powers of the Cancerverse, a terrifying mirror universe where death does not exist and life rules unrestrained. Dark Lord Mar-Vell, an altered version of Captain Marvel’s famous persona, leads his troops into our world in search of a new home. Nova, the Silver Surfer, Quasar, Gladiator, and other Marvel heroes emerge to confront the Cancerverse’s mightiest powers, but when they fail to do so, the universe’s future rests in the hands of a group of unlikely heroes: the Guardians of the Galaxy! Because of this, Star-Lord and his team come up with a last-ditch effort to free their captive, the monstrous titan Thanos, and transport him into the Cancerverse to wreak havoc! Get ready for The Thanos Imperative.

Thanos Rising

Following “The Avengers,” Marvel Studios introduced us to Thanos, a terrifying new enemy. But who is this new threat to the Marvel universe? As Thanos grows to become the unmatched renegade of misery, uncover the secrets that have lain dormant for so long. What is the purpose of The Mad Titan and where did he originate from?

In Thanos Rising, we discover Thanos during his childhood and we find out how he turns into the Mad Titan.

Infinity

In the Infinity comic book series, The Avengers grew in order to face ever-increasing threats and rescue the planet. However, when the galaxy’s oldest species declare that Earth is doomed, The Avengers must consider their options much more expansive. A long-time foe sees their home as undefended as the Avengers gather into space to form an interplanetary coalition against the mysterious Builders. Thanos, the Mad Titan, pours his wrath on Earth in the next part of his never-ending pursuit for vengeance on the human race.

It’s important to remember that even in a universe without the Avengers, there are still those who stand guard. The Illuminati, a hidden society, is one of them, and it’s already torn apart by internal strife as it faces yet another world-ending catastrophe. A struggle for Infinity is devolving into inhumanity as our heroes fight across many fronts.

Civil War II

When Ulysses, a new Inhuman, is discovered to have extraordinary precognitive abilities, Earth’s defenders are forced to deal with the potentially disastrous repercussions. After one of Ulysses’ predictions causes tragedy, an old relationship gets out of hand as lifelong allies Captain Marvel and Iron Man face themselves at odds over a tragic loss. Being a hero has many different definitions. Is it ethical to take action today against crimes that have not yet been committed? And does the goal outweigh the cost? What about Ulysses’ gift? Is it a guarantee of success or a recipe for disaster? The Avengers, X-Men, Inhumans, Spider-Men and other superhero teams are split between the two leaders. Marvel is even more on the verge of war as one of its most famous characters dies. Can our heroes overcome another Civil War?

Power Grid

Who Can Defeat Thanos

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Some other interesting facts about Thanos

How tall is Thanos?

On Marvel.com, Thanos is 6ft 7in or 2 metres in height. Thanos is not only a God but also a giant! The Mad Titan is approximately 2 meters tall, which means he would tower over the average person.

Why is Thanos skin purple?

Thanos was born with the Deviant Syndrome on planet Titan and this is why is Thanos so strong. This syndrome made his skin turn purple but it also increased his strength and other physical abilities compared to the other Eternals.

The deviancy of this condition is what caused him to be so powerful, which may seem like an ironic twist for some readers who know how things turned out for them both in Infinity War…

How old is Thanos?

According to Avengers Endgame director Joe Russo, Thanos is around a 1000 years old and has probably fought every being in the whole universe. A nice fact as well is that Thor is older than Thanos. Thor is 1500 years old.

Without a doubt, Thanos is one of the most powerful beings in all of Marvel. So it’s no wonder that he has fought and won against everybody who ever existed. He’s an amazing warrior, and he doesn’t take prisoners. In fact, he doesn’t really care what happens to his opponents after fighting them, he just wants to wipe out half of all life in the entire universe.

What race is Thanos?

Thanos belongs to the race of Titanian Eternals who lived on the planet Titan which is a moon of Saturn

Who plays Thanos?

He was played in the Avengers by Josh Brolin, and he was in other movies you might have seen like No Country for Old Men or True Grit. Or maybe if you’re not into old school westerns, then you might have seen him somewhere else when superhero movies are your thing. Does that ring a bell? No? He also played Cable in Deadpool 2 and there is your aha moment of the day. You’re welcome!

Who kills Thanos in Endgame?

In Endgame, Thanos dies twice. First Thor cuts off his head when the Avengers find out that Thanos has destroyed the Infinity Stones. His second killer is Tony Stark who uses the Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out Thanos and his whole army.

An interesting fact is that Thanos is actually immortal according to the comics so was the Infinity Gauntlet powerful enough to erase him from existence? Only time, movies and comics will give us the answer.

How did Thanos get the Power Stone (Purple Stone)?

Thanos already acquired the Power Stone in the movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. He retrieved it from the planet Xander which is the home to several races like Xandarians, Aakons, Hurctarians,… Although, the Power Stone was proctected by the Nova Corps, they didn’t stood a change against Thanos and his army.

What is Thanos sword made of?

Double-Edged Sword from Thanos is wrapped around a lot of mystery. People claim it is made out of Vibranium, Adamantium or even Uru.

To give a little background on the materials. Captain America’s shield is made of Vibranium which the sword of Thanos broke so it can’t be that. You might have heard of Adamantium as it is the material wrapped around Wolverine’s skeleton. The best guess would be that the sword is made of Uru but actually nobody knows what is is made of.

How did Thanos know Tony Stark?

Thanos knows that Stark was one of the Avengers that stopped Loki in New York. That was the plot of the first Avengers movie in 2012. Because it was Thanos who had send Loki in the first place.

How strong is Thanos?

Even without the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos his strength can be compared to that of the Hulk and Thor. This means that he can easily lift more than 100 tons. But with the Infinity Gauntlet, there’s actually no limit to his strength or power.

Who can beat Thanos?

It has shown that it is not easy to beat Thanos. But some heroes have been able to do this and some of them will definitely surprise you:

– Captain Marvel (Captain Marvel #33 -1974)
– Adam Warlock (Marvel Two In One Annual #2 – 1977)
– Ka-Zar (Ka-Zar #11 – 1997)
– Thor (Thor #25 1998)
– Star Lord (Guardians Of the Galaxy #25 – 2008)
– Squirrel Girl (Great Lakes Avengers Christmas Special #1 – 2005)
– Deadpool (Deadpool vs Thanos -2015)
– Doctor Doom (Secret Wars #8 – 2016)

Why did Thanos snap?

The motive of Thanos is different if we compare the comics to the Infinity war movie.

– In the movie, the motive of Thanos was to wipe out half of the universe as he believed there were simply too many beings in the universe and there aren’t enough resources.
– In the comics, he did it to impress Death as Thanos is obsessed with her.

Interesting as well is that Thanos snaps his fingers in the comics and in the movie so there’s no difference there. But actually, he doesn’t need to snap his fingers as the Infinity Gauntlet works via mind control so this was purely for visual effect.

How plays the brother of Thanos in the movie Eternals?

He is played by pop star Harry Styles who you might know from the band One Direction.

Is Captain America to be blamed for Thanos’ Snap?

According to director Nia DaCosta, he is. If Captain America would have listened to Vision and destroyed him together with the Mind Stone, Thanos would have never been able to collect all Infinity Stones.

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