Since 2008, Marvel Studios has carefully built a shared universe with the mightiest superheroes of the comic books. Even though Marvel did not have the rights to its primary and more popular characters such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four etc., it took a gamble with Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man and here we are, 10 years later, waiting for the biggest cinematic spectacle of superheroes to be released tomorrow.
Since 2012's The Avengers, the audiences were teased with glimpses of Thanos, the mad Titan who has his plans to invade earth and the culmination of phase 3 was centered around him as the main villain. Now, he's here and it seems like an uphill task for The Avengers to defeat him as the trailer shows how easily Thanos gets the better of them. But who is he and what's his motive? Here's everything you need to know about Thanos:
Who is he?
He is also known as the mad Titan and he was born on Saturn's moon Titan. He is the child of Eternals and Sui-San, the celestial races of the universe. Thanos' mother wanted to kill him when he was born as she was shocked by his appearance and thought that he will kill everyone in the universe but she was stopped by Thanos' father A'Lars. Thanos, later on, killed his mother.
What does he want?
When Thanos was an adolescent he became fascinated with death and started worshipping it and later on fell in love with the physical embodiment of death, Mistress Death. in order to impress her, he seeks the infinity stones which will help him become the most powerful person in the universe. He wants to destroy half the universe as he wants to balance it.
Why is he fighting the Avengers?
A majority of Avengers are currently holding the Infinity Stones and some of them either reside in or operate from earth. Space, Power, Reality, Time and Mind Stone have been revealed but there's no sign of soul stone yet. Thanos currently owns Power Stone. In order to save the universe from destruction, the Avengers will fight him while Thanos wants to own all the 6 infinity stones and will stop at nothing.
How can he be stopped?
One of the ways to stop him is if the Avengers get a hold of all the infinity stones and use their collective power to defeat Thanos. Another way is if Gamora or Nebula (Guardians of the Galaxy), who are Thanos' daughter gives away the secret how to end his life.
Who does he resemble?
Thanos is a rip off of DC's biggest villain, Darkseid. It is often said that Thanos is a lighter version of Darkseid, who is the most powerful and darkest villain of all time. Though Darkseid dies not wants to collect things, he simply wants to end life from the universe.