Few shadows have loomed as large over the Marvel Cinematic Universe than that of the Mad Titan Thanos. First appearing in a post-credits scene in the first Avengers movie in 2012, Thanos later returned as a background figure in Guardians of the Galaxy and in a mid-credits scene for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This is all building up to his big appearance in The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, where he finally will come out of shadows as the villain behind the villains, the big bad who has been pulling the strings all along with one thing in mind: to gather the Infinity Stones and become a god. For longtime Marvel comics readers, though, this is old news. He followed the same path during the Infinity Gauntlet series back in 1991. That doesn’t mean that his story in the comics has come to an end, though.
This fall, Marvel will release a new series starring the Mad Titan, and it does not sound like he will be attempting to reform his ways. Read the full description from Marvel below:
“Go inside the mind of the most dangerous foes in the Marvel Universe as he embarks on a quest to rise back to power. In his absence, the Mad Titan’s iron grip on the cosmos has loosened. As he returns to the stars to terrorize the galaxy once more, reborn and reinvigorated – are there any that can stand in his way? Many will try – Thane, Starfox and others. Will they succeed where others have failed so many times?”
Thanos hasn’t been completely out of the mix since the Infinity Gauntlet series and its follow-ups, Infinity War and Infinity Crusade. He showed up last year in a revamped Infinity Gauntlet series as part of the Secret Wars crossover event and even more recently in Marvel’s Civil War II crossover event. It’s obvious Marvel is turning to the Mad Titan more and more as he slowly gets introduced into the MCU, hoping that his appearances in the comics will boost interest in his appearances in the movies and vice versa.
Despite being one of the all-time most powerful villains of the Marvel universe, Thanos has not had much crossover name recognition outside of Marvel comics readers. That has started to change with his appearances in the movies, and after he plays a significant part in the next two Avengers movies he will be much more of a household name. For longtime fans, though, the new Thanos comics will offer another glimpse at one of comic book fandom’s most underrated villains. And if those glimpses of a phoenix in his eyes on the cover of issue #1 are any indication, a certain all-powerful cosmic force may make Thanos more dangerous than ever.
Thanos will debut this fall from Marvel Comics.