Never-before-seen Avengers: Endgame concept art features young Thanos with the Eternals. Marvel Studios had been teasing the introduction of the Mad Titan as early as 2011's Thor. Throughout the years since then, he appeared in cameos on a string of films, but it wasn't until 2018's Avengers: Infinity War that he officially debuted. Despite having a massive cast all vying for screen time, the narrative's focal point was the villain to properly execute The Decimation that happened at the end of the movie.
Soon after, Thanos has been hailed as one of the best villains in the MCU despite only ever properly appearing in one film at that point. He made such an impact into the franchise handing the Avengers their first ever real defeat when he successfully collected all Infinity Stones and dust off half of life in the galaxy in the hopes of achieving balance. But Earth's Mightiest Heroes couldn't simply sit around accepting defeat. Although it took them a little bit longer, they were eventually able to take down the Mad Titan and bring back everyone that was lost in The Decimation in Endgame. Thanos is already gone but there's still so much that fans don't know about the villain, including his origin which is teased in this new concept art.
Created by Ryan Lang (via Marveltalk) is an illustration revealing a young Thanos with his family. In the image, a significantly slimmer Mad Titan stands tall beside three other beings which the artist confirms were supposed to be Eternals. In his caption, Lang provided context for the illustration saying that he "was asked to visualize what Eternals looked like next to a young Thanos. I think there was a flash back at one point." Check out the artwork below:
Considering the different iterations of Infinity War and its sequel before directors Joe and Anthony Russo landed on both movies' theatrical cuts, it's possible that at one point, they may have thought of actually introducing the Mad Titan's family into the picture. Although the Avengers sequels skipped this entirely, perhaps due to time constraints, it did confirm that the MCU is sticking with Thanos' established lineage in the comic books being the son of A'lars, an Eternal during his encounter with the Red Skull to get the Soul Stone in Vormir. What's curious now is whether or not Marvel Studios will mine design inspiration from Lang's interpretation of the cosmically-powered ancient beings in The Eternals.
No official word yet with regard to the synopsis of The Eternals, but according to reports it will be primarily a love story set during the height of the war between the Eternals and the Deviants. It's uncertain yet how the film fits in the established MCU lore, but considering Thanos being an Eternal-Deviant hybrid in the comics, there's a good chance that his existence is somehow linked to whatever goes down in the upcoming film. And whatever narrative was cut out from Avengers: Endgame will at least be touched on in the Chloe Zhao's flick somehow.
Source: Ryan Lang (via Marveltalk)
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