Only if you’ve been following the enormous rock since 2012’s, The Avengers, you realize that Thanos is the “Big Bad” that has been pulling the collective strings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Marvel released the last movie for Avengers: Infinity War, it took fans six hours to break the single-day pre-deal tickets record Black Panther set back in January. That shouldn’t be a shock; Marvel Studios has been working towards this film in the course of the most recent decade, at the same time, more explicitly, since 2012’s The Avengers, which was the first run through their big-screen team-up concept came to life. They’ve made us care about the Infinity Stones, which they’ve dispersed all through their Cinematic Universe, and this film discovers Thanos at long last rising to bring his sinister plan of world galactic mastery to the bleeding edge.
For the comic book heads out there, this is a minute many have been hanging tight for. Since his debut in the pages of Iron Man in 1973, Thanos the Mad Titan has been a power to be figured with. His primary mission has been self-serving and brimming with evil, and is constantly based on storing up the Infinity Stones to make him the most dominant being known to mankind.
In the movie, he’s still something of an enigma. His inspirations are still unrevealed. All we know so far is that he’s loaned Loki a scepter that contained the Mind Stone in order gain a Tesseract which contained the Space Gem, and that he entrusted Ronan to present to him the Power Gem. So far, he’s been down by his agents, as he’s decided to unite the Infinity Stones himself.
Looking at his history from the comic books, we know much, much more about him though.
So, we thought it was high time we presented the 8 things you need to know about Thanos!
1. He’s an Eternal from Titan, born with Deviant Syndrome.
Thanos was one of the last children of A’Lars, begetter of the second state of Eternals on Titan. Brought into the world with a gigantic, distorted body and shroud-like skin, it was obvious from birth that he had Deviant Syndrome, an uncommon condition where an Eternal more intently looks like their adversaries The Deviants. During childbirth, his mother attempted to slaughter him. During his school years, Thanos was a conservative and would just play with his sibling Eros. Because of his distortions, he turned into a morose child, one fixated on the idea of death. Like all Eternals, Thanos was basically immortal. He possesses the natural ability to synthesize cosmic power for whatever use he sees fit. He additionally had limitless strength, durability, and intelligence. Through bionic implantation and meditation, Thanos enlarged his normal Eternal Powers and outperformed the various Eternals on Titan.
2. Drax the Destroyer was created to kill Thanos
Thanos father with the help of Kronos wanted to create a warrior powerful enough to bring down Thanos. Thus, Drax the Destroyer was born. His only purpose in life: to defeat Thanos!
3. He killed his family
As his powers developed, so did his aspiration for triumph and devastation. Thanos stole one of his kin’s starships and traveled to every part of the universe scanning for mercenaries and faultfinders for an enormous private armed force. Amassing a small fleet, he dropped atomic bombs on his home universe of Titan, killing thousands, including his mom Sui-San. He pronounced himself the leader of what survived from Titan and put his focus on the adjacent planet of Earth.
Not long after this, Thanos met the epitome of Death itself. Death, as a human female, turned into Thanos’ partner, attracted to him by his commitment to skepticism just as the annihilation of his own kin. As a grown-up, Thanos endeavors to make another life for himself by beginning a family. He is visited again by Mistress Death, for whom he kills his new family.
4. His Brother is an Avenger
Eros is the youngest child of two Eternals, A’Lars and Sui-San. Eros grew up to be a carefree, cheerful womanizer rather than his sibling Thanos, an eager for power, pessimistic rogue. Just when Thanos propelled his first real assault against Titan, an assault that left their mom Sui-San dead did Eros start to pay attention to life more.
In a battle against Thanos, Eros battled close by the survivors on Titan just as Captain Mar-Vell and the Avengers. Thanos would be defeated here for the first time. After this, and understanding his hunger for something new again, Eros ventured out to Earth and looked into the Avengers.
The Avengers enabled Eros to join under the name Starfox, feeling his given name was inappropriate. He battled close by them for a while, helping to defeat Terminus and Maelstrom. He would later leave the Avengers to pursue the space-pirate Nebula, whom he discovered was his niece.
5. He was originally created to rip-off Metron but became a rip-off of Darkseid instead
While Thanos was influenced by a DC character, it wasn’t initially going to be Darkseid, but Metron. Metron is a cosmic villain, much the same as Thanos is, who sits on his galactic throne, known as the Mobius Chair. He has various supernatural, god-like forces, which changes very dramatically between his appearances, but they are for the most part energy-based, the same number of Thanos’ are, and are additionally increased by technology, just like Thanos’ are. So, in spite of the fact that he certainly looks a lot like Darkseid, Thanos was actually influenced by Metron.
6. He celebrates Christmas
In order to psychologically condition Gamora to be something other than a soulless killing machine, Thanos gave her with as normal a childhood as he could. He contemplated that she would function better if she somehow managed to have a childhood accordingly she would not just simply be a psychotic but capable of reason.
In doing so, he allocated her a birthday and every year celebrated a modern Earth-style Christmas, complete with present giving, a Christmas tree, and the deception of Santa. He even goes far as to call a truce every year and send gifts to enduring relatives, for example, his sibling, Eros. Precisely how he got his hands on a Christmas tree, remains a secret.
7. He had multiple clones
Thanos once did a lot of research on genetics, and after studying many of the universe’s heroes and villains cloned them and gene-spliced his own DNA into the subjects. Although he later abandons the project, five clones survive, being versions of Professor X, Iron Man, Gladiator, Doctor Strange, and Galactus.
A sixth and unnamed version of Thanos also appears, and it is revealed the incarnations of Thanos encountered by Thor and Ka-Zar were his clones. The true Thanos (with the aid of Adam Warlock, Gamora, Pip the Troll, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Dr. Strange) destroys the remaining clones.
This has been relied upon as a plot device on a few occasions as whenever a previous storyline contradicts more established Thanos-lore, it’s said to have been an abhorrent clone and the actions quickly forgotten about.
8. Thanos’ name is a modification of “THANATOS,” the death urge
Writer-artist Jim Starlin originally conceived of Thanos of Titan during college psychology classes. As Starlin described:
“I went to college between doing U.S. military service and getting work in comics, and there was a psych class and I came up with Thanos … and Drax the Destroyer, but I’m not sure how he fit into it, just anger management probably. So I came up to Marvel and Roy Thomas asked if I wanted to do an issue of Iron Man. I felt that this may be my only chance ever to do a character, not having the confidence that my career was going to last anything longer than a few weeks. So they got jammed into it. Thanos was a much thinner character and Roy suggested beefing him up, so he’s beefed up quite a bit from his original sketches … and later on, I liked beefing him up so much that he continued to grow in size.”
IN TIME YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LOSE. TO FEEL SO DESPERATELY THAT YOU’RE RIGHT. YET TO FAIL ALL THE SAME.
DREAD IT, RUN FROM IT BUT DESTINY STILL ARRIVES.