One of the most awaited movie Avengers: Infinity War is going to release soon. People already saying this is the biggest crossover movie till now. Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and other fellow avengers, guardians of galaxy etc will unite in this movie to face one of the most powerful being of Marvel universe “Thanos”. In this blog I will write about Thanos like his origin, powers etc. But before going further, let us watch the first trailer again so that we may have feelings that why Thanos is interesting and worth to know. So the trailer is :
The trailer starts from the quote1:
Nick Fury: There was an idea…
Tony Stark: To bring together, a group of remarkable people…
Vision: To see if we could become something more…
Thor: So when they needed us, we could fight the battles…
Natasha Romanoff: That they never could.
which is originally spoken by Nick Fury in The Avengers (2012) movie:
There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to to fight the battles we never could.2
We see in 2 minutes 24 seconds trailer, Thanos appears for ~17 seconds and beats characters like Iron Man, Spider Man. This shows how powerful he is. Even his dialogue shows his confidence level:
In time you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, that to fail all the same. Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.3
Now its obvious to be curious about who is Thanos and what power he possess.
In the comics, Marvel multiverse is created by a cosmic entity “The one above all” who also created others cosmic entities. Let us know what/who are the cosmic entities, elders of universe etc first. So that later, it will be easy to understand history and power level of Thanos.
The Cosmic Entities Of Marvel Universe4:
This is the category of characters which are actually part of space-time fabric of Marvel multiverse. The existence of these characters are necessary for basic function of universe (multiverse). Every of these characters plays a certain role in Marvel universe so that it functions properly. There power level are universal, multiversal or even omniversal. All cosmic entities are not called cosmic entities because they are necessary for functioning the universe. Some are called only due to there universal, multiversal or omniversal level powers like the group of beyonders, the Beyonder, the Watchers, the celestials, the cosmic cubes etc. There power levels are at impossible level w.r.t. mortal being excepting some like the molecule man, Gean Grey, Franklin Richards, Scarlet witch etc. Some cosmic entities like Death, Eternity, Infinity, Galactus, Celestials etc don’t posses their own physical bodies and they take their physics bodies from Anthromarphan who lives in dimension of manifestation. The dimension of dimension of manifestation exist outside from normal time. The body taken from here are known as M body. The cosmic entities don’t show any kind of emotion and even destroy entire civilization, planets, galaxies if they come in between there work.
It is interesting to know that there are many Marvel characters like Odin, Doormamu etc who are more powerful than the cosmic entities still don’t call as the cosmic entities while some are called based. This may be due to reason that they are not necessary for basic function of universe or it really depends on the writer of Marvel comics.
The Elders of The Marvel Universe6:
In Marvel universe, few characters are as older as Big-Bang e.g. Elders, Celestials etc. Few characters or things are even older than it like cosmic compass, infinity stones and cosmic entities. The elders of the universe belongs to people from those groups who were the first intelligent groups of Marvel universe. The elders of universe are last living people of their race and they survived destruction of their planets and galaxies. They have earned virtual immortalities, mental and physical powers by different ways. They live their life by fulfilling their wishes and obsessions so that they don’t loose their wish to live like Collector’s wife Martini. She lost her wish to live after living millions of years and died. The main three elders are: The collector – obsessed to collect things, creatures from universe, the collector do this so that he can use his collected things, species to reform the universe in case if it get destroyed; The grandmaster – collects powerful beings from universe to make them fight in his arena like we saw in Thor Ragnork movie; The champion – one of the strongest physical character. There are many others like The astronomer ( keeps eyes on all astronomical events), Caregiver (care to whom she thinks deserved), Gardener ( has no powers, just roams around universe), Runner (a cosmic speedster), Trader (watch the trade at universal level) etc. Some of them also possessed infinity gems to keep them safe. Generally the elders show up in comic books as villain because they always try to fulfill their obsessions.
Around 5 million years ago, Celestials experimented on humans and created Eternals and Deviants. After being created, Eternals looked like humans due to their stable genes and also possessed long life and god-like powers. On the other hand, due to their unstable genes, Deviants didn’t look like humans and had lesser superhuman strength than Eternals. Due to these differences, Eternals and Deviants always remained enemy. Thanos was son of Eternals : Mentor and Sui-San and born on Saturn. But Thanos was like a mutant between Eternals. He had genes and hence power from both Eternals as well as Deviants. As a side effect of this, his body looked like Devaints and due to this reason his mother tried to kill him just after his birth but his father stopped his mother and saved him. He only lived with brother Eros because he looked so different from Eternals. From his childhood, he slowly started to attract towards death due to frustration of loneliness and loved the physical manifestation of death “Lady death”. He grew his physical strength by artificial and mystical ways with time and also tried to start a new family. But he killed his whole family to impress Lady death still Lady death didn’t become happy. After it, he tried every possible thing to impress Lady death like collecting all the infinity stones and destroying half the universe.
The first thing which makes Thanos so dangerous is his thought. According to him, whatever he does is right and necessary, and anyone who opposes it, is wrong. As he has genes from Eternals and Deviants, his power level is higher than both that means he has godlike powers as Eternals and durable body as Deviants. He has also mystic powers and can challenge sorcerer supreme Dr Strange. He has given curse of immorality to Deadpool using his mystical powers when he knew about love between Deadpool and Lady death so that Deadpool never die and meet Lady death. His body is so durable that after getting hit by Silver Surfer’s blast twice, he asked is this what you can do? In infinity gauntlet series, he bear full power attack by Thor’s Mjolnir easily. Even Galactus said to him that he was the first being on whom, he has to use his full powered cosmic beams second time. His physical strength is so high that in infinity series, his one punch threw away full body armored Hulk. Thanos can also absorb cosmic energy and convert into high powered beam to attack and this beam is so powerful that Galactus bounced many times on ground after being attacked by it. He also posses telepathic, telekinetic powers and can control minds. Also due to this no one can control his mind.
This all powers and his highly intellect mind make him an indestructible power. Comparing his power level, he is above Galactus’s herald Silver Surfer and below skyfathers like Odin, Zeus and cosmic entities like Galuctus, Death, Infinity, Eternity etc. This may be reason to say bye-bye to Odin in Thor Ragnork movie otherwise just Odin could defeat him.
PS: I have given references wherever needed and all characters belong to Marvel. I just tried to study and write about them because I am a Marvel and DC fan.