Saturday, September 20, 2003

Thanos | Comics

As he is known as ‘The Mad Titan’ across the universe, his actions doesn’t suggest otherwise. Among the race of the eternal Titans, Thanos was born as a mutant with grey skin and monstrous form, who can also absorb cosmic energy to use at his will. Not only he had a craving for power but he also was the strongest than the rest of his race and is soon exiled from the society for nurturing violence. He strengthens himself with bionic implementation and hours of meditation to surpass anyone of his race.

While he became more and more powerful, he also grew a taste for conquest and starts recruiting from across the galaxy for his own army to command over cosmos. In his quest for power he eventually developed a fascination over the entity of Death and it becomes an intense obsession upon meeting her in person at one point. To win Death’s affection, Thanos nuked on his home planet Titan, causing the remaining Eternals of Titan to band against him and stop his reign of madness.

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Thanos | Comics

Avengers Vs. Thanos
As Death started to take an interest on him, Thanos attempts to make him worthy for her affection. He longed for gathering more power, so he obtained the reality-altering object the Cosmic Cube created by Advanced Idea Mechanics. The possession of the cube made him a god-like being, leading Captain Marvel and The Avengers to oppose him after he wiped out a Kree fleet. He gave up the cube when he believed that he drained it of power but then Mar-Vell took hold of it to restore the universe as it was before.

This failure has him abandoned by Death and he is robbed off his power but was rescued by his flagship Sanctuary II. So, he decided to get back to the path of earning her love again by delivering her the annihilation of all. He learned about the existence of the immensely powerful singularities known as the Soul Gems. He collected all of them except one, which belonged to Adam Warlock. To avoid losing his own soul to Adam, Thanos decided to observe him and learn more about him.

He discovered about Magus; a time-displaced evil counterpart of Adam Warlock, who is destined to oppose him and unleash a reign of destruction upon the universe. So, he went on to rescue and adopt Gamora as an infant, when the rest of her race of Zen-Whoberis was slaughtered by Universal Church of Truth, a cult dedicated to Magus. Thanos raised her to become the deadliest assassin of the galaxy and then allied with Adam to prevent him being Magus. His plan went sour when Gamora turned against him to stop his plan and the intervention of The Avengers did the rest.

Thanos Quest
When Thanos is resurrected by the love of Death on her own realm, he learned that the Soul Gems now belongs to various Elders of the Universe after his defeat. Calling themselves as the Infinity Gems, Thanos managed to eventually gather them one by one from the In-Betweener, Champion of the Universe, the Gardener, The Runner, the Collector and Grandmaster by either force or trickery. To put them all to use, he wielded the gems on his gloves and then forged the Infinity Gauntlet.

Rebirth of Thanos
Upon having a dream of a massive skull, Silver Surfer ends up on the domain of Mistress Death and witnessed the resurrection of Thanos. Since he never faced The Mad Titan before, the Surfer had no idea about what's going on. Death reveals that she brought Thanos back to life and granted him more power to do her bidding and annihilate half of the lives of the Universe. He assures her but Death is still skeptical over his last time, when he was taken down by The Avengers. She also suggests that Silver Surfer can still be a problem and Thanos then blasts him off.

Infinity Gauntlet
To threaten the existence of the universe by wielding all six of the Infinity Gems in the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos regained the power of god. He pays Death a visit to rekindle their love but she turned her back showing no interest in him, even after he created a giant shrine in her honor. He resurrects Nebula and then he wiped out half of the lives from the universe as promised earlier. As Silver Surfer has already contacted Doctor Strange about this great reckoning, this drastic change in reality was felt by Captain America, The Eternals, Hulk, Kree Empire, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Spider-Man.

Adam Warlock meets the heroes of Earth to unite against the threat of Thanos, who is a threat for all that exists. Even the most powerful beings of the universe, including Galactus himself has joined the cause. When Thanos froze everyone in time, Mephisto suggests that he should battle the heroes without using the full power of the Infinity Gauntlet to really impress Mistress Death and in doing so; he allowed the heroes a chance to fight. Finally, it took all the efforts of all the assembled super-heroes of Earth just to stand against him but overconfidence threw him off-balance.

Infinity War
Thanos came seeking help from Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch when he faced Magus and learned his current plan, which is to gain control over the Universe with powerful cosmic items equivalent of five Cosmic Cubes. With the aid of evil counterparts of various heroes and villains from Earth, Magus was actually trying to replace them to change reality. The Infinity Gauntlet is reassembled by Adam to match the power Magus currently wields but lost anyway. Thanos delayed the villain long enough to be taken down by Eternity and Infinity before going to his own separate way.

Infinity Crusade
The Goddess is a being of the goodness of Adam Warlock, which was exerted during his time of wielding the Infinity Gauntlet and took a form of its own. In order to spread peace across the cosmos, she forged the power of 30 Cosmic Cubes into a Cosmic Egg and created the planet Paradise Omega. She even came to Earth seeking heroes who are ready to banish all evil from the Universe. This caused the imprisonment of both Adam Warlock and Thanos in between reality but they made out of it. Mephisto came forward to help the duo and as Adam kept distracting the Goddess, Thanos and a band of heroes worked on destroying the Cosmic Egg, which depicted him as a hero to all.

Thor Vs. Thanos
In search of some rare cosmic artifacts, Thanos went on Asgard with his lackey Tarakis and the unstoppable being known as Mangog, laying trash of The Warriors Three and took the Map of All-Ending from Odin. They crossed paths with an enraged Thor, who just returned home but a surprise attack from Mangog left him beaten as well. He then banded with Galactus' former herald Firelord and the Rigellian Recorder to find and stop Thanos before it's too late. Thor took quite a beating from the villains and barely managed to take down The Mad Titan.

As Annihilus; ruler of the Negative Zone decides to lead an attack on the positive matter universe, Thanos simply sided with him and curiously watched him work. He helped Annihilus imprisoning Galactus and his herald Silver Surfer to use their power for his army. At one point, Thanos decided to betray him by releasing Galactus but before he could do so, he was killed by Drax The Destroyer, who punched his heart out and he saw Death. His spirit and Death later watched Annihilus lose and getting killed by Nova.

The Thanos Imperative
Death has resurrected Thanos once again but he cannot be killed by any means this time. Since it was untimely and his mind wasn't properly formed, he went on a destructive rampage before he could be stopped by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanos visits the Cancerverse and when Death arrives to kill all the immortal beings of that realm, he begs her to take him to but she refuses. Infuriated at this, Thanos set out to kill the entire Universe with only Nova and Star-Lord left behind to face him. Drax The Destroyer also butts into that fight but the end result of the conflict is revealed many years later (Guardians of the Galaxy – Original Sin).

Sensing The Illuminati activating the Infinity Gauntlet once again, Thanos returned to Titan and then formed his very own "Black Order" with his minions Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight and Supergiant. He attempted to invade Earth when The Avengers were out on space facing The Builders and sends Corvus Glaive to visit Black Bolt in Attilan, demanding the heads of Inhuman youths between ages of sixteen and twenty-two the as a tribute to Thanos. This however was a ploy of him to seek out his lost Inhuman son, about whom he knew almost nothing about.

As Black Bolt denied paying the tribute, Thanos arrives at Attilan only for it to be destroyed by a sonic scream released by the former. They fought till the Inhuman king was beaten senseless and left behind by Thanos. Ebony Maw eventually managed to find and capture Thane; the long-lost son of Titan, leading Thanos to go to Greenland. Shortly, The Avengers arrived from space to defend Earth from him and Maw then betrays his master by releasing Thane, who freezes Thanos and Proxima in an amber construct.

Time Runs Out
Because of his different views with his teammates on saving Earth from the Incursion of worlds, Namor leaves Illuminati and forms "The Cabal" with Corvus, Proxima and Thanos upon freeing them. They all then took part in the destruction of alternate Earths from different realities to spare Earth. Razing those worlds and torturing the heroes belonging there with his former minions and new allies were like a picnic to The Mad Titan. However, Namor grew sick of their slaughtering of population of the colliding worlds and had a clash with Thanos on the leadership.

Despite Cabal's destruction of worlds to avoid collision, the incursion did occur and the Universe perished eventually. However, a patchwork of reality was created as Battleworld by Doctor Doom, who became omnipotent upon stealing the powers of the Beyonders. Thanos and his allies found themselves on Doom's domain eight years after the event and got engaged with the Thor Corps. He managed to convince Ben Grimm to take a stand against Doom, who was this giant-sized Shield that protected the living from the Deadlands.

For more information on Thanos comics series, you can check out these links below.

Thanos (Comics) Wikipedia

Thanos (Comics) Marvel Wikia

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The Infinity Conflict

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Warlock by Jim Starlin – The Complete Collection

Avengers Vs. Thanos

Thanos Quest

Silver Surfer – Rebirth of Thanos

Infinity Gauntlet (Softcover)

Infinity Gauntlet (Hardcover)

Infinity Gauntlet – Aftermath

Infinity War

Infinity War – Aftermath

Infinity Crusade Vol 01

Infinity Crusade Vol 02

Thanos – Cosmic Powers

Thor Vs. Thanos

Annihilation Classic

Thanos – Infinity Abyss

Marvel Universe – The End (Softcover)

Marvel Universe – The End (Hardcover)

Thanos – Epiphany

Thanos – Samaritan

Annihilation Omnibus

Doctor Doom and The Masters of Evil

Avengers and The Infinity Gauntlet

The Thanos Imperative

Thanos Rising

Infinity (Softcover)

Infinity (Hardcover)

Thanos – A God Up There Listening

Deadpool Vs. Thanos

Thanos – The Infinity Revelation

Thanos Vs. Hulk

Thanos – The Infinity Relativity

Secret Wars

Thanos is a fictional comic book villain chacacter from Marvel Comics, who was created by writer/artist Jim Starlin (Marvel – The End, Thanos Vs. Hulk) in 1973. Over the years of publication he appeared in many major comic-books and crossover events that changed and re-shaped the Marvel Universe. Not only popular among his parent company, Thanos is a widely famous antagonist loved by many comic-book fans. He has clashed with the big guns of Marvel and gave us events like Infinity Abyss, Annihilation, Thanos Imperative, Infinity, Secret Wars and a few other mentioned earlier.

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Thanos and The Black Order

In his other media adaptation, he was part of the Silver Surfer animated TV series, The Super Hero Squad Show, Avengers Assemble and Guardians of the Galaxy animated shows. Then the character of Thanos appeared on the movie The Avengers (2012) in a cameo, which was the first ever live-action appearance of the character. Then he went on to show up on Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and will be reprising the role in two part Avengers: Infinity War (2018) portrayed by actor Josh Brolin.
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