Thanos is easily the deadliest foe the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have faced thus far, though it still had to be surprising to fans just how beaten their heroes looked by film’s end. Thing is fans that hung around till the end got a special surprise as the after-credits scene shows Nick Fury hurridly sending a message off before he fades out of existence. The device falls to the ground as he fades away and upon sending flashes the symbol and colors of Captain Marvel.
It’s no secret that Marvel is laying down the hammer with the build-up to Avengers 3 with the strongest, most sinister and evil villain the superhero world has ever seen: Thanos. If you’ve seen the end credits of the first Avengers movie, as well as the end credits of The Guardians of the Galaxy then you would have seen the mysterious Thanos. We also had a third glimpse of Thanos in the Marvel Phase 1 & 2 recap video.
Who Can Kill Thanos? We take a look at the sinister Mastermind named Thanos?
I hold the Galaxy in my palm, ready to crush it like an eggshell! All who oppose me must die, and the first of these are the Earthian Heroes! Destroy them, with all dispatch! – Thanos
The history of Thanos is both long and detailed. He’s done some pretty epic evil stuff in his life. He’s had wars with just about every marvel group of superheroes that exist. Avengers, Spiderman, Fantastic Four to name a few. Here’s a few highlight on where he came from, and some of his most evil deeds.
On Saturn’s moon of Titan lived a colony of Eternals, and Thanos was born as one of the last sons of the original colonists, Mentor and Sui-San. However, he was born misshapen and monstrous in comparison to the other Eternals, particularly his handsome and carefree brother, Starfox, and Thanos grew into a melancholy, brooding individual, consumed with the concept of death. More than any of his people, Thanos sought out personal power and increased strength, endowing himself with cybernetic implants until he became more powerful than any of his brethren. Thanos himself once claimed that he vivisected his own mother in an attempt to investigate how someone consumed with death such as himself could have come into being.
Fools taking up arms against omnipotence. They rush head-on into Armageddon. So I shall provide them with a most glorious doomsday! The heavens will run red with blood! But in the end, as always, Thanos will stand triumphant! – Thanos
His infatuation with Death
Growing in power and infamy as he traveled the universe, Thanos once met Death itself, as it appeared to him embodied in a female form. Thanos was infatuated with the being, and endeavored to make himself worthy in order to earn her love in return. With an army under his command, he nearly destroyed his former home of Titan, declaring himself its ruler
Thanos believed that Death had rejected him after his failure with the Cosmic Cube in which Mar-Vell managed to con him into defeat, and so he began searching the universe for the powerful Soul Gems. One by one, Thanos collected five other Soul Gems, combining them all in a huge, single, synthetic Soul Gem. He then began to extinguish the very stars themselves, hoping thereby to extinguish all living things in tribute to Death. Thanos was opposed by Gamora, but he slew her as well as Pip the Troll, who was looking for Adam Warlock. Warlock had learned of Thanos’ activity and recruited Captain Marvel and the Avengers to again oppose the mad Titan.
He appeared in Asgard, searching for the “Designate”, a being of phenomenal cosmic power said to play a major role in the cosmic scheme of eternity. He found allies in Tarakis and the monstrous Mangog, using Mangog to lay waste to the planet Rigel in order to collect the final ingredients to find the Designate. Thanos found her in the person of Tarene, but was confronted by Thor and his allies, a Rigellian recorder android and Firelord. All the signs began to fall into place, and Thanos nearly gained the power of Ragnarok– the end of the world– as evidenced by Thanos’ destruction of an unknown but inhabited planet. However, Thanos fell under the attack of Thor and his allies, and Tarene wept again for the lives of those slain by Thanos. Her tears seemed to destroy him, causing him to burst into an all-consuming hellfire, seeming vanquished forever.
Powers and Abilities
Thanos possesses the superhuman physiology of all Eternals, granting him superhuman strength, endurance, reflexes, and agility. His skin in nearly invulnerable, particulary against heat, cold, electricity, radiation, toxins, aging, and disease, and he can survive indefinitely without food or water even before his “curse” from Death left him immortal, unable to die. His mind is also invulnerable to most forms of psychic attack, and can project a psionic blast of energy as well as blasts of plasma/cosmic energy from his eyes and hands.
What will Thanos do in the Avengers 3?
In a mid-credits scene in The Avengers, we find out he was the one who provided Loki with the army Loki used to invade Earth. In Guardians of the Galaxy, he sends his prized assassins Gamora and Nebula to help Ronan. In both cases, Thanos’s has only one thing on mind: I’ll help you if you can get me one of the Infinity Stones.
But at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con, Josh Brolin wore the Infinity Gauntlet onstage, so things are probably going to look up for the Mad Titan’s quest. The rumor is that Thanos will be the main villain in the third Avengers movie, which will probably come out in 2018.
Who can kill Thanos?
This is a highly speculative debate. Nobody has ever succeeded in truly killing Thanos. What certain superheroes have done is stop him, or remove his super superior weapon. But, it is a fun debate nonetheless.
1. Death – The one option here is Death itself. As we know death is an embodiment in the Marvel universe, and the main reason for Thanos doing what he’s doing. Hence it would make sense that death itself can kill him.
2. Drax – Drax is a good choice, and an obvious one. This was why Drax was created anyway. Also,this already happened in the comics:
It’s worth mentioning that since this, Thanos was said to be recuperating at a fast degree and yet he still appears weakened in comparison to his former self, that weakness being originated by his proximity to the Cancerverse. That being said, the Cancerverse itself is the most probable reason as to why he’ll survive disintegration by Drax, as there is no death there.
3. Current Silver Surfer – Current being the imperative word here.
4. Jean Grey (with Phoenix Force)
5. Some versions of Adam Warlock