Thanos may have died (twice) in Avengers: Endgame and saw his plan reversed, but he still could be the real winner of these events. Ever since he was first teased at the end of The Avengers, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been waiting for the day when the Mad Titan would face off with the Avengers. This finally happened in Avengers: Infinity War, but that was not good news for the heroes. Thanos successfully acquired all six Infinity Stones and snapped half of all life in the universe out of existence.
The Mad Titan won the first fight but also sent the remaining heroes on a quest for revenge. When they did find him on his new garden planet, the Avengers were in for another surprise. Thanos reduced the Infinity Stones to atoms so they could not reverse the Decimation. He was in an even worse state by this point thanks to the effects of two snaps, and in a moment of frustration and anger, Thor killed him by going for the head.
Thanos did return to Avengers: Endgame's plot thanks to time travel, but the main version of him that fans have seen did die at this moment. There were no tricks involved and no resurrection on the way. However, this may have always been part of Thanos' ultimate plan too. In the latest Screen Rant video (featured at the top of this post), we discuss how death was always how Thanos wanted this quest to end.
The idea that Thanos wants to die - either consciously or subconsciously - has been explored with the character in the comics, usually as a result of him loving the entity of Death. He wants nothing more than to be with her, and even though the MCU has yet to introduce the being properly, death being Thanos' endgame still makes sense. After all, Thanos didn't even know if he would survive the snap thanks to the random selection. If dying was his ultimate goal, then it is difficult to argue that Thanos didn't win the Infinity Saga.
Thanos may now be dead in the present part of the main MCU timeline (and not exist in another branched reality), but he could still return. His ties to The Eternals could allow for him to appear in the upcoming Phase 4 movie and possibly even as a younger version of himself. Moving forward though, Thanos is unlikely to figure into the more extensive MCU plans. They could always change this with an alternate version of him or by some other means. But, if Marvel Studios were operating under the belief that Thanos wanted to die at the end of this journey, then Avengers: Endgame would complete his arc and leave him out of future stories.
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