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Appeared in The Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
Status Alive
Actor Damion Poitier
"You think you know pain? He will make you long for something sweet as pain!"
The Other[src]

Thanos is an extraterrestrial warlord who allies himself with Loki, Nebula, and Ronan the Accuser. He was featured in the post-credits scene of The Avengers and will be featured in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy in a more predominate role.


Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude

Thanos took in and raised Nebula and Gamora. After finding the location of The Orb, he sent Nebula after it, but she failed as she fell on a trap. After Gamora found Nebula in the trap, Thanos told Gamora to leave Nebula behind.

Thor: The Dark World Prelude

Frigga, the adoptive mother of Loki, observed the meeting between Loki, Thanos and The Other.

The Avengers

Thanos is a powerful alien, a warlord who rules over a dead dimension. He allies himself with the exiled Loki Laufeyson, providing him with the deadly army of the Chitauri, who will help him in conquering Earth, in exchange for the Tesseract, a powerful energy source.

When Loki has arrived on Earth, Thanos is contacted by him, and the Other warns the God of Mischief of the price of failure and reminding him to not question the will of the master, declaring that if he fails in defeating the Earthlings, Thanos will make him know a new kind of suffering.

When eventually Loki is defeated, the Other complains that the Earth's inhabitants are not as weak as they were supposed to be and declares that challenging the Earth's heroes would be to court Death. To this, Thanos simply smiles.

Guardians of the Galaxy Prequel Infinite Comic

Thanos was among those seeking The Orb.

Guardians of the Galaxy

To be added

Character traits

Thanos is one of the most powerful beings of the universe, and even though none of his powers are actually shown (yet), he was able to threaten a god such as Loki and command the powerful army of the Chitauri unchallenged.



Behind the scenes

  • Thanos' presence in the movie has been kept top secret from the production until the release of The Avengers.
  • Damion Poitier was credited as playing "Man #1" in order to hide the identity of Thanos at the end of the film. It was later publicly announced after the film's release.
  • Kevin Feige has said that Thanos will likely be played by a different actor in future films.
  • Joss Whedon has said that Thanos will play a major role in the "Final Act", referring to Avengers 3 as a whole.



Thor: The Dark World Prelude

The Avengers

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