Avengers: Infinity War who just racked up the biggest opening weekend all the time, is full of superheroes (EW has to assemble 15 different covers just to suit all of them), but much of the movie runtime is spent with a single character , Galactic Monitor Thanos (Josh Brolin), who seeks unlimited power so that he can ultimately balance the universe. Infinity War marks its true introduction to Marvel Cinematic Universe. Viewers who are overwhelmed by his gloomy logic or sympathetic devotion should know that Thanos is one of the most frightening villains Marvel has to offer, and there are decades of exciting series about him. Those who want to know more about Mad Titan would do well to check out some of them.
Below, EW compiled five of our favorite Thanos series.
Jim Starlin (author), George Pérez and Ron Lim (artists)
To see how some scenes and visual effects directly affect Infinity War the source of Infinity War 's basic history. It was here, in one of Marvel's first massive summer-wide events, that Mad Titan Thanos mounted all six Infinity Gems to wipe out half of the universe's population with a snap in the fingers. MCU viewers should be aware that the comic version of Thanos is a bit more of a psychopathic nihilist than the movie version. This is how Thano's ultimate goal of killing so many people was not to balance the universe, but rather to please the dead, the anthropomorph personalization of forgetfulness, and thus one of the few creatures Thanos ever "loved." Jim Starlin had originally created Thanos in the 70s as a film for space heroes such as Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock (based in part on Jack Kirby's New Gods Signs Darkseid and Metron), but the character had been resting for years when Starlin returned to marvel at the beginning of the 90's. Infinity Gauntlet picked up many threads Starlin had left hanging in its previous work and was originally thought of as the latest Thanos story … but in a classic comedian, the series turned so well that it served sequential series (including Infinity War where the new movie drew its title but not its plot) and adaptations and many, many more stories for Mad Titan. For such a fan of death, Thanos loves to survive.
Jonathan Hickman (author), Jim Cheung and Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver (artists)
The background is the story behind this comedian quite funny. Back in 2013, Marvel fans were fresh The Avengers and the blast-ending final stage that first revealed Thanos as a puppet master behind Loki's Chitauri invasion. So, Marvel series pledged a new summer-breaking event with Thanos as the central villain. The title of Infinity is a little dissatisfaction because the Infinity Gems was temporarily destroyed by continuity, but Thanos is no less dangerous without them. This time he searches for something else on earth, and to search for it, he produces the wicked members of the black order: Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf and Supergiant, the last one who did not do it on screen. The story is best read as part of Hickman's massive year-long story of Avengers and New Avengers which culminated in 2015 with Secret Wars but it can also stand on its own as a massive marvel epic. Infinity War viewers will also recognize some of the scenes with Black Order. Reflecting on infinity in a new tweet, Hickman wrote hilariously: "When I wrote the Avengers series, I used to make it clear that it was not like the movie Avengers." And then things come in full circle.
Jim Starlin (author / artist)
To truly enter Thanos and his eternal enemy Adam Warlock mind, there is no better reading than Starlin's original psychedelic 70- century series. As far as Infinity Gems goes, Marvel fans probably know least about Soul Gem, as it was the last one to show on the big screen. But, in Starlin's series, Soul Save was the first to pop up. It was green then lived in Warlock's forehead. He used it as a weapon to suck the souls of his enemies, but during his battles with Thanos, he discovered that Soul Gem and its five brothers hid much more complex secrets than that. Decades later, Warlock's relationship with Soul Gem would be a crucial factor in the fight against Infinity Gauntlet; To prepare for how this enigmatic gem can be a factor for next summer's sequel, it is probably best to read now. In addition, it is always good to explore Marvel's long and complex comic story, especially with stories as much and thoughtful as these.
Order Warlock: The Complete Collection here.
Jeff Lemire and Donny Cates (author), Mike Deodato and Geoff Shaw (artists)
Under 18 editions So far Marvel's current ongoing Thanos comicians have already featured two distinct stories Both have maximized Thano's character to its full potential. The first, by Lemire and Deodato, finds that Thanos returns to life after some time fighting to reclaim his righteous place as the most feared tyrant of the universe (it contains several characters from Infinity so maybe read it first). The current arc, by Cates and Shaw, gives Thanos face to face with the only thing in the universe that may challenge him: himself. Thanos travels so far into the future that he finally sees how it is when every Marvel superhero's greatest fear will finally pass, and "Thanos wins." Suffice it to say that it means a cosmic Ghost Rider.
Order Thanos Vol. 1: Thanos returns here. Pre-order Thanos Wol.
Keith Giffen (author), Andrea DiVito (artist)
Although he is not central in a story, Thanos can still make a big impact. Far away from Starlins heyday, Marvel's spacecraft began to turn to the vines in the early 2000s. The massive Annihilation event was supposed to inject some energy and efforts back into Marvel Cosmos; This did it by releasing Annihilus's unstoppable buggarmen on the stars. As the planet after the planet fell before the Annihilation Wave, Marvel's cosmic character was everyone to choose pages. Thanos tried in his classic manipulator model to play against each other against each other, and he has some amazing moments with Silver Surfer and Drax Destroyer in particular. The fact is that it was Annihilation who first gave Drax its recognizable, bare knife-cutting appearance (he really needed redesign), and it was here that Thanos really rocked the bald aesthetics that has now made it to film screens everywhere.
Order Holocaust: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 here.