Long before Thanos became the most dangerous foe in the MCU he once flew around in a Thanos Copter - here's where the infamous meme comes from. It's almost difficult to imagine a time when Thanos wasn't a major part of the MCU, but it was only when Joss Whedon suggested the character appear in a post-credit stinger for The Avengers did the Mad Titan become the puppet master villain of the entire cinematic universe.
Thanos is driven by the need to bring "balance" to the universe by wiping out half of all living things, and to do this he seeks to find all six Infinity Stones and unite them with his Infinity Gauntlet. This makes him the overarching villain of both Phase 2 and 3 but despite being properly introduced in Guardians Of The Galaxy, played by Josh Brolin, he doesn't really make his presence felt until Avengers: Infinity War. That said, he quickly became the deadliest bad guy of the entire series, and the film ends with him succeeding in his goal to wipe out half the universe.
Avengers: Endgame will deal with the aftermath of Thanos' now iconic snap, where the surviving heroes work together to find a way to undo his mass genocide. Infinity War established Thanos' badass credentials early on when he easily defeats The Hulk in a fight, but it's fair to say one of the more embarrassing moments from his comic book appearances came from 1979 comic Spidey Super Stories #39, where he used his Thanos Copter to try and steal the Cosmic Cube, aka The Tesseract.
This now infamous vehicle was piloted by the Mad Titan during the story "The Cat And The Cosmic Cube." Thanos uses the bright yellow helicopter - which is also emblazoned with his name - in order to claim the cube, only for Hellcat to kick it out his hand. It falls into an alley, where a kid finds it and uses the cube's awesome power to conjure an ice cream. Spider-Man also gets involved in the chase for the cube and the whole storyline ends on an even more embarrassing note for Thanos when he's arrested by regular cops.
Needless to say, Josh Brolin's Thanos probably won't be getting a Thanos Copter in Avengers: Endgame - despite a passionate fan petition asking for its inclusion. The Thanos Copter also made an appearance in an issue of Deadpool and later received a Mattel Hot Wheels toy in 2018. The Thanos Copter has become a popular meme among fans too, because the sight of the Mad Titan flying around in a tiny little helicopter never fails to bring a small.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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