In Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel's greatest heroes will face their biggest challenge yet in the form of Thanos, whose quest to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet could lead to the destruction of the universe. How can they possibly stop that? Well, if the film is going to be lifting from the comics, Thanos could very well be the cause of his own defeat.
Against Thanos and the Black Order, the Avengers will need all the help they can get. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, and Black Panther will join Earth's Mightiest Heroes in their battle with the Mad Titan. Indeed, the number of new Avengers in Infinity War will be greater than the total number of heroes in Age of Ultron.
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But Thanos is easily the most powerful villain they've ever faced. If his plan succeeds, he will achieve ultimate power, and even if the Mad Titan doesn't get his hands on all six Infinity Stones, he's still a force to be reckoned with; just one has been enough to nearly end all reality in the past. In light of this, is getting a few new faces really going to be enough? Perhaps not. It's possible that the only way for them to win is for Thanos to make a mistake.
Thanos Is The Cause Of His Defeat In The Comics
Despite being one of the greatest threats in the Marvel Universe, Thanos has a long history of losing battles he should have won. In the comics, Thanos has repeatedly met with failure in his struggles against Captain Mar-Vell, Adam Warlock, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. What's so curious, though, is how this happens; Thanos is usually able to obtain the means to defeat his opponents but chooses to hold back.
It was pointed out a number of times in Infinity Gauntlet that Thanos' defeats were always due to his own mistakes. According to Vision, Thanos provided the Avengers the help they needed to win; the android believed that the Avengers would lose again if Thanos didn't make another error in judgment. That's exactly what happened; Thanos was coaxed by Mephisto into going easy on them, cutting off his access to some of the Infinity Gauntlet's power in a bid to impress Mistress Death, giving the heroes a .05% chance of winning. This directly led to his defeat, with Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer uniting Galactus and the Elders of the Universe against him and being able to take the Infinity Gauntlet away from Thanos.
Though arrogance may appear to be the weakness that ultimately brings down Thanos in the comics, his true weakness is actually much more complicated than that. During Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock's connection to the Soul Gem allowed him to peer inside of Thanos' soul. He was able to catch a glimpse of a shocking truth that Thanos hid even from everyone, including himself. Deep down, Thanos knows that he isn't worthy of ultimate power, causing him to subconsciously make mistakes that will lead to his defeat.
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