Marvel character highlight #25: Thanos

Name: Thanos

Alias: The Mad Titan

Affil­i­a­tion: Infin­ity Watch, Black Order

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Super­hu­man strength, speed, sta­mina, dura­bil­ity, agility and longevity. Thanos is a genius-level tac­ti­cian capa­ble of telekine­sis and telepa­thy, can sur­vive indef­i­nitely with­out food or water and is immune to all ter­res­trial dis­eases and death from old age. The Eter­nal can also project plasma energy.

Back­ground: Thanos was born on the Jupiter moon Titan to Eter­nals A’lars and Sui-San. He quickly devel­oped a taste for death, intensely falling in love with Mis­tress Death, the phys­i­cal embod­i­ment of death. To impress Mis­tress Death, he killed his many chil­dren and aug­mented his strength and pow­ers. He also kills mil­lions of fel­low Eter­nals on Titan and trav­els to find the Cos­mic Cube. He suc­ceeds, wills him­self to become omnipo­tent and allies with Adam War­lock. After betray­ing War­lock, he man­ages to acquire the Infin­ity Gems to cre­ate a weapon to destroy a star. He loses the gems, but regains them, using them to erase half the pop­u­la­tion of the uni­verse to prove his undy­ing love to Mis­tress Death. These actions are undone by Neb­ula and War­lock even­tu­ally, and Thanos later joins Infin­ity Watch as a path to redemption.

Rela­tion­ships: A’lars (father), Sui-San (mother), Eros (brother), Mis­tress Death (eter­nal com­pan­ion), many chil­dren includ­ing Gamora (adopted daugh­ter), Neb­ula (adopted daughter)

First Ver­sus appear­ance: Mar­vel Super Heroes

Appear­ances in other media:
Tele­vi­sion: Sil­ver Surfer (ani­mated), The Super Hero Squad Show (ani­mated), Avengers Assem­ble (ani­mated), Guardians of the Galaxy (ani­mated), LEGO Mar­vel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat (ani­mated), LEGO Mar­vel Super Heroes – Black Pan­ther: Trou­ble in Wakanda (animated)

Film: The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol­ume 1, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infin­ity War, Avengers: Endgame

Video games: Mar­vel Super Heroes, Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2, LEGO Mar­vel Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, Mar­vel Future Fight, Mar­vel: Con­test of Cham­pi­ons, Mar­vel Puz­zle Quest, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Tell­tale Series, Mar­vel vs. Cap­com: Infi­nite, Fort­nite Bat­tle Royale, Lego Mar­vel Super Heroes 2, Spider-Man Unlim­ited, Mar­vel Pow­ers United VR, Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance 3: The Black Order

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