Did Thanos travel back in time at the end of Avengers: Infinity War? In one key scene, Thanos spoke to Doctor Strange and explained his insane vision. "With all the six stones, I could simply snap my fingers, and [trillions] would all cease to exist," he told Strange. "I call that mercy." A horrified Strange asked what would come next, and Thanos gave a startling response. "I finally rest, and watch the sunrise on an grateful universe." This version of Thanos dreamed of the day when his dreadful mission would finally be fulfilled, and when he could retire in peace.
Avengers: Infinity War's ending saw Thanos achieved his insane goal. He snapped his fingers and erased half the life in the universe. Then, true to his word, Thanos retreated from the cosmos and disappeared, becoming little more than a simple farmer. That idea was actually lifted from the original comics, where Jim Starlin's Infinity Gauntlet miniseries ended with Thanos apparently embracing a simple life.
But just where did Thanos go? Or is it possible the correct question is - when? It's actually possible Thanos has actually sought to evade anyone who would seek revenge upon him by using the Time Stone.
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Thanos is on Titan At The End of Infinity War
Although Avengers: Infinity War only gave viewers a brief glimpse of Thanos's retirement, the lighting and general color scheme strongly implied that he'd headed back to his homeworld, Titan. This has recently been confirmed by concept artist Pete Thompson, who's published some beautiful Avengers: Infinity War concept art on his portfolio website, including a landscape of the final scene labeled "Titan Thanos farm (post-production) Pre Production by Chris Kessler". It's a stunning design, clearly inspired by the famous Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines.
But there's a problem with this. Thanos has clearly retired to a place of peace and tranquility, believing his horrific mission to be finally done, and the Titan we saw in Avengers: Infinity War certainly wasn't a place of peace. According to Thanos, it had fallen prey to the ravages of overpopulation, and some sort of disaster - likely a food shortage - had led to the extinction of his race. Significantly, everything we saw of Titan's surface lacked any hint of vegetation. There was no evidence of nature reclaiming the barren world; it was as though Titan had been completely sterilized of life. Over the course of the film, this just got worse; Thanos tugged a moon out of orbit around his homeworld. That action would have caused fluctuations in his homeworld's gravitational field, probably triggering earthquakes or floods.
Even stranger, the kind of environment Thanos has retired to doesn't just come about naturally. The Banaue Rice Terraces look the way they do because they've been cultivated for generations by the Ifugao people, who consider themselves to be caretakers of the land. In just the same way, this kind of terraced effect is only possible if someone has actually been looking after the farmland. And yet Thanos claims his homeworld has been unpopulated for untold years. We essentially have two versions of Titan; the one we saw at the beginning of the film, and the one Thanos retires to at the end. The two simply don't go together.
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