Thanos

05/14/2012

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Written By: Daniel 

Now, before I get into this I want to warn you there will be a few spoilers about the Avengers movie, so
if you have not seen it yet (what are you waiting for, get stepping) please revisit this once you have and
it may answer a few questions.
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Now that we have that out of the way, THANOS!!!!!! Holly crap!!! I know how Marvel loves to put in the teasers at the end of all its movies, and so far all of them have been leading to The Avengers linking all of the other movies together. So as I sat there, I wondered, what could the teaser be with the Avengers now completed? And with the credits finished the scene starts with the Other, the alien who was working with Loki apologizing to his master. “The earthlings were stronger then we had thought, and to challenge them is to court death itself.” And as the camera pans to the face the Other is speaking too I let out the biggest scream of joy as the purple face slowly came into view. The smile, the soulless eyes,
just the pure power and evil that is Thanos, it gave me chills.

Of all the villains in the Marvel universe Thanos has been at my personal top, well right next to Magneto
but that is a post for another time. I’m sure your asking, why Thanos out of all the villains you could choose? Or who is Thanos? Well since his first appearance in Ironman 55 he has been a force of Nature and the avatar for Death herself. He is referred to as the Mad Titan, the man killed his own mother for god sake and then went to the stars with plans to conquer the universe. He made a few more appearances after that issue (back up story in Logan’s Run #6) until he faced off with the Avengers while possessing the Cosmic Cube and was only stopped with the help of Adam Warlock and of course the Amazing Spider-Man. A great story that takes place in the pages of Avengers Annual number seven and the Marvel Two in One Annual number two. I don’t want to give away any of the story but at the end Thanos is defeated and you would think the story ends there, not in the house of ideas it doesn’t.
As I walked out of The Avengers movie all of the Thanos stories came to memory and wondering what
twist will be added and where will it take place. Is this the snapshot of Avengers 2 and why the team
would have to get back together again? Will Thor be the first to take on this cosmic power house and
feel the full wrath of the Mad Titan? After Marvel two in One Annual number two Thanos slips into the
obscure and you think lost to winds of time till his reappearance in The Silver Surfer number 34 through
38, written by the legend, Jim Starlin and the best artist to grace the Silver Surfer series, Ron Lim. You
get a feel of just how evil and devious Thanos is during this story along with the power he has; as it sets
up the best story ever penned by Starlin, The Thanos Quest.
The story is simply amazing as you see just how much of a tactician Thanos truly is, as he takes out those
possessing an infinity gem in his quest to assemble the Infinty Gauntlet. Each gem has a unique power
granting its owner a god like quality. Six gems in total with power over The Soul, The Mind, Power, Time,
Reality, and Space; and is what Thanos needs to fulfill his obligation to Lady Death. The universe is out
of balance and there are more people alive then there are dead and order must be restored. The task
set before him is remove half of the population in the entire universe. Enter the Infinity Gauntlet by Jim
Starlin and George Perez leading the art direction in the six issue limited series that crossed over into all
of the titles of the Marvel Universe. With half of the universe gone, who is left to stop the power crazed
Titan? A story that never disappoints and you even feel sorry for Thanos at one point as the tale unfolds
with the remaining hero’s challenging the would-be god.
I won’t spoil the story for you, but I do encourage you to go and find the Trade Paper Back at your local
Comic shop (Time Warp comics ;) ) or the actual issues that deserve a spot in any collection. So, with
all of this in mind now; what’s next? Will we see the Cube again now that its home among the Asgard?
With so much to pull from Marvels rich history and truly one of the best tales ever told I have no doubt
it will be one hell of a Helicarrier ride. I will put this out there and something that may have gone
unnoticed, its a screen shot from Odin’s Vault in Thor movie. Only time will tell, and in the mean while we can hope and dream as the moves to come will give us further clues and a peek of what to expect. Not likely so we will have to do what every good fan boy does, come up with his own story.
 


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