In Avengers Assemble, he is the overarching antagonist of Season 1, the main antagonist of The Infinity Stones arc and the Avengers World arc in Season 2. In Guardians of the Galaxy, he is the main antagonist of Season 1.
Thanos was a member of the race of the Titans, but he slaughtered them and set out for universal conquest. He eventually made an alliance with Red Skull and ordered him to retrieve the Tesseract. After leading the Cabal into a long conflict against the Avengers, Skull was defeated and cast into space, but he still managed to retrieve the Tesseract and delivered it to Thanos at the Sanctuary as promised. Thanos also managed to obtain the Power Gem, however Skull betrayed him and fled to Earth after stealing the Gem. Thanos' forces failed to catch him due to the intervention of the Avengers, so Thanos continued his universal conquest.
To confront the Avengers, Thanos threw The Watcher to Earth, luring them to the Moon and confront him. Thanos uses the Infinity Gauntlet to overpower them but Arsenal combined his powers on him, blasting Thanos far away. Later, after curing Black Widow, the Avengers witnessed Thanos as he teleported and took the Infinity Gauntlet, now possessing five of the Infinity Stones. He then teleported back to the Sanctuary, constructing a temple in his honour.
The Avengers arrive and face him in a long battle, until Arsenal arrives once more and blasts Thanos to Earth, weakening and defeating him. He is then delivered to the Guardians of the Galaxy, who place him in a high-security prison. This would not be the end of his threat, as the Black Order, Thanos' personal guard, broke him out and took him back to his ship. Thanos invaded the planet of the Korbinites and absorbed the Quantum Force, enlarging him and making him very powerful. The Avengers arrived on the planet as well, but Thanos simply swatted them off, stating he would spare their planet if they didn't interfere. They refused and returned, defeating Thanos' army, so he set of to destroy Earth. Initially unable to find it due to it being shrunk by Ant-Man, he led his army and began rampaging New York City when it returned to it's normal size. Thanos takes out all the Avengers, but the crowd stand up to him long enough for a missile made by all the countries of the world to fire on him, disintegrating the Mad Titan once and for all.
- 1 History
- 2 Background Information
- 3 Personality and Traits
- 4 Powers and Abilities
- 5 Paraphernalia
- 6 Weaknesses
- 7 Appearances
- 8 Notes
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Gallery
- 11 In Other Media
- 12 Relationships
- 13 External Links
- 14 References
And there came a day, unlike any other, when Earth's mightiest heroes found themselves powerless against a threat too formidable for them to comprehend. On that day, Thanos declared himself supreme ruler of the universe.
- -- 'Thanos' [src]
Thanos was a member of a alien race of warriors and gods called the Titans. He slaughtered most of his people in his search for conquest.
Alliance with the Red Skull
After the battle with the Cabal, the Red Skull went through a portal and arrived to Thanos' lair, where he gave the Mad Titan the Tesseract and stated "As you desire, Thanos."
The Red Skull later stole from Thanos the Infinity Stone, and headed back to Earth. Thanos' droids followed him, and caught the attention of the Avengers, who found the Skull and took the Stone from him.
Thanos arrived to Earth when the Avengers were looking for Arsenal in Russia. Thanos' ship was destroyed by the Avengers and the robot, who had contained the Stone, but Thanos survived.
In order to confront the Avengers, Thanos attacked the Watcher and the Moon and sent him to the Avengers Tower as an "invitation" for the team. Once the Avengers arrived to the Moon, Thanos offered them to spare their planet if they gave him the Infinity Stone and the Red Skull. Once the Avengers refused Thanos' offer, he engaged them in combat.
Using the Watcher's technology, Iron Man managed to put together a focuser for Arsenal's Stone-powered ray, and successfully hurt Thanos. However, Thanos possessed the Infinity Gauntlet, a device which could draw the Infinity Stone from Arsenal to him. The Mad Titan then set out to destroy the Earth, in revenge for the Avengers opposing him.
By releasing the blast from a nuclear explosion it had previously absorbed, Arsenal was able to blast Thanos "half way across the universe" and destroy the Infinity Stone.
As the Avengers were fighting against Dormammu for the Infinity Stones, Black Widow used them to banish the demon back to where it belonged. After Black Widow managed to refrain from acquiring their full power and stripped herself from them, Thanos arrived, revealing to possess the intact Power Gem, and got hold of them, forming the Infinity Gauntlet.
Using the Gauntlet, Thanos creates a citadel near Earth's orbit. The Avengers attempt to stop him, but the Mad Titan ignores them as he used the Gauntlet to modify Earth's climate, causing earthquakes, ice ages, and other anomalies around the globe. As part of a contingency plan, the Avengers needed to get the readings of each stone individually. By attacking Thanos' ego, they get him to use each stone alone to fight them. He first aged the Avengers until they died with the Time Stone, but Thor forced him to reverse time after causing the Titan's energy beam to backfire, aging him. After bringing them back, he used the Mind Gem to fuel them with anger and make them fight each other, however, Hulk managed to get them to focus their rage and attack Thanos, for which the Titan decided to stop its influence over them. Using the Space Gem, he attacked each Avenger by teleporting immediately after striking. Even after Hawkeye and Black Widow found the pattern of his attacks in order to avoid them, Thanos used the Reality Gem and incapacitated the Avengers, by making them see a reality where global peace was achieved. Captain America managed to see through this lie, and freed the Avengers from its influence. Once the Avengers stroke back, Thanos used the Power Stone to fight them.
After the Avengers restrained him, Thanos decided to stop following their game, and reactivated all of the Gauntlet's power at once. He used the Gauntlet to destroy Iron Man, but it was revealed the armor was being controlled remotely, and Stark was in the Avengers Tower, using the readings of each individual stone to put Arsenal back online. Thanos brought Stark's lab to his citadel, but he rebooted Arsenal, who proceeded to fight Thanos. Arsenal absorbed any attack from Thanos, and finally took the Gauntlet from him. Using the Gauntlet, Arsenal brought Thanos and the Avengers back to Earth, where the team proceeded to defeat the Mad Titan.
Thanos was later handed over to the Guardians of the Galaxy.
In New Frontiers, it was revealed that Thanos's generals, known as the Black Order, freed him.
Thanos was seen absorbing an energy known as the Quantum Force, the Black Order distract the Avengers as Thanos charged himself with the energy.after he charged himself he became much bigger and with yellow glow on his body and eyes and he says that they have defeated him in the past and he was going to spare the earth but he was going to conquer the universe.after the defeat of the Black Order Thanos destroyed the planet and was going to destroy the Earth.
Thanos reached the Earth's moon and was looking for the planet. the Black Order appeared distracting the Avengers once more after a fight Thanos find the earth and go to the atmosphere. Then he overwhelms all Avengers however people said that they were Avengers too (which was to resist Thanos) the Avengers defeat the Black Order again and the satellite fired a powerful laser that defeated Thanos.
It was mentioned that it was going to take centuries for Thanos to heal himself.
Personality and Traits
Thanos is an utter megalomaniac, the only thing he respects is power and craved nothing more than the subjugation of the entire universe. Besides a narcissistic need to be invincible Thanos is one of the most feared beings in the galaxy, Red Skull was in obvious terror in his presence and even at a different planet his cruelty was known and reviled, he can at times be somewhat merciful such was shown when he was captured by the Avengers during his pursuit for the Power Stone and bargained he would spare the Earth if they handed over the Red Skull and the Stone but he is also ruthless, tyrannical and sadistic. In his quest for power Thanos nearly killed all of his race, was perfectly happy destroying the Earth to prove the Infinity Stone's might and almost destroyed a populated planet to get even more power.
After finally collecting the entire Infinity Stones, Thanos became even more cruel and egotistical. He came close to destroying the entire Earth by changing it's climate but then engaged in a duel with the Avengers by them damaging his ego. Finally the Mad Titan was defeated and delivered to the Guardians of the Galaxy for his crimes against the universe.
Powers and Abilities
Augmented Titanian Eternal Alien and Demon Physiology: By far the strongest and most powerful Titanian Eternal, Thanos is a superhuman demon-like mutant whose massive, heavy-bodied form was born with the capacity to synthesize cosmic energy for certain personal uses. Thanos has increased his powers through technological upgrades, mystical enhancements, and as a result of being resurrected by Death itself.
- Superhuman Strength: Thanos possesses vast superhuman strength the full limits of which aren't known. He is strong enough to go toe-to-toe and easily overpower Hyperion or Hulk in hand-to-hand combat.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Thanos' reflexes are superhumanly fast.
- Superhuman Intelligence: He is also superhumanly intelligent, being able to master almost every form of science known to him. He even call's Iron Man's advanced technology "child's toys for a Titan".
- Superhuman Speed: Thanos is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than the finest human athlete.
- Superhuman Stamina: He has a nearly-limitless stamina, being able to go centuries without sustenance or showing tardiness in physical combat.
- Superhuman Agility:
- Superhuman Longevity:
- Superhuman Jumping:
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Thanos is virtually invulnerable, allowing him to take hits from beings like Hyperion and Hulk without any visible injuries, and withstand extremely powerful energy attacks.
- Nigh-Immortality: As a Titan Eternal, he does not age beyond his prime and can even revive himself from "death" with all of his injuries completely healed as long as his body remains intact. However, this does not make him un-killable as destruction of his body will likely kill him. However, there are other unknown ways of reviving him. While Thanos was indeed destroyed at the end of Avengers World, it was stated that it would take centuries for him to pull his particles back together, revealing that he is able to reform himself if destroyed.
- Self-Resurrection: After Thanos was atomized into millions of pieces, Iron Man stated that Thanos will eventually reconstruct his corporeal form from the dead in due time, making Thanos almost impossible to permanently kill, seeing as all his deaths are just temporary.
- Energy Manipulation: Thanos has displayed great versatility in the use of his energy projection abilities. He has demonstrated the ability to project pure energy as a concussive force, "magnetic" energy, infrared heat-beams from his eyes, and disruptor beams, unilaterally striking separate targets with his optic blasts as well as use his use his mental link to his techo-mystical chair to form vastly powerful energy shields, barriers, and force-fields.
- Darkness Manipulation: Thanos can generate darkness from himself and project it forward to attack his enemies.
- Chaos Manipulation: Thanos can generate chaos from himself and project it forward to attack his enemies.
- Death Manipulation: Thanos can generate death from himself and project it forward to attack his enemies.
- Technological Manipulation: While on Titan, he was able to manipulate their fighting technology and mold them into his own personal Battle Armor.
- Skilled Hand-to-Hand Combatant: He has displayed remarkable prowess in hand to hand combat and makes full use of his strength. However, his combat skills are mostly basic and based on many street fighting techniques and boxing skills.
- Leadership: He even led his personal high-tech militia unquestioned and unopposed. He is also a highly skilled warfare tactician. He even led his personal army of Generals, without any form of opposition or ignorance from any one of them.
- Manipulation: Thanos is a master of manipulation, being able to cause several ways across the galaxies while sitting in his chair. He even caused the Red Skull to create the Cabal and his master plan in the first place.
- Fear-Inducing Skills: He is also an expert at manipulating many beings into fearing him, as to break their will to fight back.
- Genius Level Intelligence
Former Powers and Abilities
- Quantum-Force Powers: With the Quantum Force absorbed inside his body, he had displayed extremely powerful superhuman abilities.
- Nigh-Limitless Strength: With the Quantum Force, he was able to overpower all of the Avengers and destroy planets with a small strike.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: With the Quantum Force, he was almost impossible to even flinch or sting let alone cause permanent damage.
- Atomic Vision: With the Quantum Force, he displayed the ability to fire concentrated heated laser blasts from is eyes.
- Flight: With the Quantum Force, he was able to fly at advanced speeds from one galaxy to another.
- Scanner Vision: With the Quantum Force, he was able to create a scanning ray from his eyes from which he can scan and see every little molecule or microscopic being.
- Cybernetic Interfacing: With the Quantum Force, he was able to psionically interface with all of Earth's satellite systems, in order to broadcast his video message.
- Cybernetic Data Absorption: He was able to absorb all of the data inside the Watcher's computer systems in an instant.
- Infinity Gauntlet: With the Infinity Gauntlet, he had acquired a vast array of abilities that make him appear to be seemingly omnipotent.
- Time Stone: The Time Stone gives Thanos complete control over time. He can travel through time, teleport beings or things from other timelines or the past to the future to his own time, and he can also manipulate a being's aging process as well as his own.
- Space Stone: With the Space Stone, Thanos complete control over space and all of its aspects. He can use the stone to teleport from one place to another and can even manipulate cosmic things in space such as a black hole. However, beings like Black Widow or Hawkeye, whose honed instincts, can counter this Stone's power.
- Power Stone: The Power Stone gives Thanos access to all power and energy that ever has or will exist, and can back the other gems and boost their effects.
- Augmented Physiology: He can use the Power Stone to create an energy shield or further enhance his strength to overpower the all the Avengers instantaneously. He can even use the Power Stone to heal his injuries.
- Mind Stone: The Mind Stone gives Thanos every possible psionic ability known to any being in the universe. This ranges from telepathy, technopathy, and telekinesis so advanced that he can control matter on a molecular level.
- Reality Stone: Thanos can use the Reality Stone to manipulate reality to such an extent that he can rearrange all of reality's aspects such as creating a fake version of Earth where the Avengers defeated Thanos, when in reality Thanos was standing victorious. However, beings like Captain America can see through the reality stone's manipulations with ease. One example would be when Fury claimed the Red Skull felt "guilt" and "surrendered" himself to S.H.I.E.L.D. to "make up" for his crimes.
- Soul Stone:
- Sun Stone:
- Moon Stone:
- Power Stone: Thanos can be harmed and weakened by the stone's powerful energy, as Arsenal was able to redirect it back at him after removing the Infinity Gauntlet.
- D.A.N.: With the combined output from all of Earth's satellites, D.A.N. can create a blast powerful enough to vaporize Thanos, rendering him temporarily atomized.
|1. "The Avengers Protocol - Part 1":||Absent||14. "Hulk's Day Out":||Absent|
|2. "The Avengers Protocol - Part 2":||Absent||15. "Planet Doom":||Absent|
|3. "Ghost of a Chance":||Absent||16. "Bring on the Bad Guys":||Absent|
|4. "The Serpent of Doom":||Absent||17. "Savages":||Absent|
|5. "Blood Feud":||Absent||18. "Mojoworld":||Absent|
|6. "Super Adaptoid":||Absent||19. "The Ambassador":||Absent|
|7. "Hyperion":||Absent||20. "All Father's Day":||Absent|
|8. "Molecule Kid":||Absent||21. "By the Numbers":||Absent|
|9. "Depth Charge":||Absent||22. "Guardians & Space Knights":||Absent|
|10. "The Doomstroyer":||Absent||23. "One Little Thing":||Absent|
|11. "Hulked Out Heroes":||Absent||24. "Crime and Circuses":||Absent|
|12. "Avengers: Impossible!":||Absent||25. "Exodus":||Absent|
|13. "In Deep":||Absent||26. "The Final Showdown":||Background|
|1. "The Arsenal":||Background||14. "Crack in the System":||Mentioned|
|2. "Thanos Rising":||Appears||15. "Avengers Disassembled":||Absent|
|3. "Valhalla Can Wait":||Absent||16. "Small Time Heroes":||Mentioned|
|4. "Ghosts of the Past":||Pictured||17. "Secret Avengers":||Absent|
|5. "Beneath the Surface":||Absent||18. "The Ultron Outbreak":||Absent|
|6. "Nighthawk":||Absent||19. "The New Guy":||Mentioned|
|7. "The Age of Tony Stark":||Mentioned||20. "Terminal Velocity":||Absent|
|8. "Head to Head":||Absent||21. "Spectrums":||Mentioned|
|9. "The Dark Avengers":||Absent||22. "Midgard Crisis":||Absent|
|10. "Back to the Learning Hall":||Absent||23. "Avengers' Last Stand":||Absent|
|11. "Downgraded":||Absent||24. "Avengers Underground":||Absent|
|12. "Widow's Run":||Appears||25. "New Frontiers":||Appears|
|13. "Thanos Triumphant":||Appears||26. "Avengers World":||Appears|
|Season 3: Ultron Revolution|
|1. "Adapting to Change":||Mentioned||14. "Seeing Double":||Absent|
|2. "The Ultimates":||Absent||15. "A Friend in Need":||Absent|
|3. "Saving Captain Rogers":||Absent||16. "Captain Marvel":||Absent|
|4. "Under Siege":||Absent||17. "Panther's Rage":||Absent|
|5. "The Thunderbolts":||Absent||18. "Ant-Man Makes It Big":||Absent|
|6. "Thunderbolts Revealed":||Absent||19. "The House of Zemo":||Absent|
|7. "Into the Dark Dimension":||Absent||20. "U-Foes":||Absent|
|8. "Dehulked":||Absent||21. "Building the Perfect Weapon":||Absent|
|9. "Inhumans Among Us":||Absent||22. "World War Hulk":||Absent|
|10. "The Inhuman Condition":||Absent||23. "Civil War - Part 1: The Fall of Attilan":||Absent|
|11. "The Kids Are Alright":||Absent||24. "Civil War - Part 2: The Mighty Avengers":||Absent|
|12. "The Conqueror":||Absent||25. "Civil War - Part 3: The Drums of War":||Absent|
|13. "Into the Future":||Absent||26. "Civil War - Part 4: Avengers Revolution":||Absent|
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #1
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #2
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #4 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #6 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #9 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #11
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #12
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #15
- Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble Season 2 #16
Marvel Universe Avengers Infinite Comic
- Marvel Universe Avengers Infinite Comic #1 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Avengers Infinite Comic #2 (cameo)
- Marvel Universe Avengers Infinite Comic #3 (mentioned)
Guardians of the Galaxy
|1. "Road to Knowhere":||Appears||14. "Don't Stop Believin'":||Appears|
|2. "Knowhere to Run":||Appears||15. "Accidents Will Happen":||Absent|
|3. "One in a Million You":||Absent||16. "We Are the World Tree":||Appears|
|4. "Take the Milano and Run":||Absent||17. "Come and Gut Your Love":||Appears|
|5. "Can't Fight This Seedling":||Absent||18. "Asgard War - Part 1: Lightnin' Strikes":||Appears|
|6. "Undercover Angle":||Mentioned||19. "Asgard War - Part 2: Rescue Me":||Appears|
|7. "The Backstabbers":||Absent||20. "Fox on the Run":||Absent|
|8. "Hitchin' a Ride":||Absent||21. "Inhuman Touch":||Absent|
|9. "We Are Family":||Absent||22. "Welcome Back":||Absent|
|10. "Bad Moon Rising":||Mentioned||23. "I've Been Searching So Long":||Appears|
|11. "Space Cowboys":||Absent||24. "I Feel the Earth Move":||Appears|
|12. "Crystal Blue Persuasion":||Absent||25. "Won't Get Fooled Again":||Absent|
|13. "Stuck in the Metal With You":||Mentioned||26. "Jingle Bell Rock":||Mentioned|
|1. "Stayin' Alive":||Mentioned||14. "Back In Black":||Absent|
|2. "Evolution Rock":||Absent||15. "Knights in Black Helmets":||Appears|
|3. "Lyin' Eyes":||Mentioned||16. "Nova Me, Nova You":||Flashback|
|4. "Free Bird":||Absent||17. "Mr. Roboto":||Mentioned|
|5. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun":||Mentioned||18. "Destroyer":||Mentioned|
|6. "Black Helmet Woman":||Mentioned||19. "You Can't Always Get What You Want":||Absent|
|7. "Right Place, Wrong Time":||Mentioned||20. "I've Seen All Good People":||Mentioned|
|8. "Me and You and a Dog Named Cosmo":||Absent||21. "Another One Bites the Dust":||Mentioned|
|9. "Can't Get It Out of My Head":||Absent||22. "It's Tricky":||Absent|
|10. "Rock Your Baby":||Mentioned||23. "You're No Good":||Absent|
|11. "Symbiote War - Part 1: Wild World":||Flashback||24. "Behind Gold Eyes":||Mentioned|
|12. "Symbiote War - Part 2: I Will Survive":||Mentioned||25. "Unfortunate Son":||Absent|
|13. "Symbiote War - Part 3: Thunder Road":||Absent|
- Gamora (flashback)
Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #2 (Gamora) (flashback)
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #5
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #6
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #14 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #15 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #17 (mentioned)
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #18
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #21
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #23
- Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #24
- This version of Thanos appeared alive and well in the Guardians of the Galaxy TV series, however in that series' finale, he was brought to Hela's Castle, it is unknown what became of him after that.
- Thanos is the only villain who does not appear in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers and The Avengers: United They Stand.