Learn about the villain for ‘Avengers 2′ and ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

K. Thor Jensen Contributing Writer, Entertainment

thanos1 Learn about the villain for Avengers 2 and Guardians Of The Galaxy

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He’s big, he’s mean, and he wants to do the nasty with Death. So the post-credits scene in Avengers hinted at it, but now we have confirmation: Thanos, the Mad Titan, will be the villain not only for Avengers 2 but also for the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie. Cosmic Book News has the scoop courtesy of an interview with the character’s creator, Jim Starlin. This makes a lot of sense, as some have felt a little uncertain about the commercial prospects for Guardians, given that it stars a talking raccoon and none of Marvel’s A-list heroes. Having a villain in common will help tie the two films together. So who is Thanos, anyways? Sit down and shut up, bunky, I’m about to tell you.

There’s no denying that Thanos is essentially a response to DC’s cosmic villain Darkseid – a cruel, calculating leader who wields enormous power. But the backstory of Marvel’s archvillain is quite different. Thanos was a member of the race of Eternals born on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. Like all Eternals, he possesses superhuman strength and durability as well as a near-infinite lifespan. And that’s the problem. As a teen, the undying Thanos got a boner for Death herself (portrayed in the Marvel Universe as a foxy chick with a skull for a head) and devoted his entire life to impressing her.

And how do you impress the personification of Death? By killing a whole lot of people, of course. First he bombards Titan with nuclear bombs, killing most of his own kind, then Thanos turns his eye onto the rest of the universe. He’s tried multiple times to genocide all life that exists, at one point using the Infinity Gauntlet to eliminate 50% of the universe’s population, but has been opposed and defeated by the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel. He’s a great villain and will translate awesomely to the movies.

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