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Behold The Mad Titan Thanos
Alias(es) Dark Lord
Mad Titan
Great Titan
Son of Alars
Appeared in The Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers 4
Status Alive
Actor Damion Poitier
Josh Brolin
Sean Gunn
"The only matter I do not take seriously, boy, is you. Your politics bore me! Your demeanor is that of a pouty child. And apparently you alienated my favorite daughter, Gamora. I shall honor our agreement, Kree, if you bring me the orb. But return to me again empty handed and I will bathe the star-ways with your blood."

Thanos is an extraterrestrial warlord titan who had allied himself with Loki of Asgard and Ronan the Accuser. He is seeking the Infinity Stones and testing the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.


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 Prelude

"Of course, I always was a man with an eye for a bargain. I may be able to help. But there is always a price, is there not?"
―Thanos to Ronan[src]
Sometime later, Thanos brokered a deal with his old ally, Ronan of the Kree, promising to lend a fraction of his forces in a genocide against the Xandarians in exchange for aiding in the search for the Orb. Ronan discovered the true location of the Orb on the planet Morag and attempted to deliver it to Thanos, but an unexpected turn of events ensued and the stone fell into the possession of human pilot Peter Quill and his allies. Unwilling to be denied another stone, Thanos ordered Ronan to pursue Quill and recover the stone, sending Nebula to aid the Kree in his pursuit.

Guardians of the Galaxy

"The only matter I do not take seriously, boy, is you. Your politics bore me. Your demeanor is that of a pouty child. And apparently, you have alienated my favourite daughter, Gamora. I will honour our agreement with the Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But if you return to me empty handed again... I will bathe the starways in your blood."
―Thanos, threatening Ronan over their initial agreement.
Upon learning of Gamora's imprisonment in the Kyln, Ronan was called to Sanctuary by The Other, who he quickly killed after a brief argument. Ronan then proceeded to call Gamora a traitor, prompting Thanos to finally speak and intimidate Ronan into retrieving the Orb and Gamora, over Ronan's life.

After Ronan retrieved the Orb, he immediately contacted an enraged Thanos, informing him that he was out of the deal, promising that he would destroy Xandar himself before coming for the warlord himself. To this, Thanos simply responded by cutting the transmission in anger.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

"Fine, I'll do it myself."
Thanos opened a vault to a stoneless Infinity Gauntlet and put it on his left hand deciding he will collect the Infinity Stones and destroy the Earth himself.

Avengers: Infinity War

"This does put a smile on my face."
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Avengers 4

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Character traits

Thanos is one of the most powerful warlords in the universe. Korath also says that Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe. Ronan the Accuser shown visible signs of fear in his presence. He has little to no regard for his followers, showing no empathy when Ronan killed The Other and referring to Gamora as his "favorite daughter" even with Nebula present. He inspires no love, as he is despised by his own "daughters" Gamora and Nebula. He is also manipulative and untrusting, sending Ronan to retrieve the Orb for him and not telling him that it contained an Infinity Stone, which led to Thanos hunting for the Infinity Stones himself.

None of Thanos powers are actually shown (yet). Thanos was able to threaten a god such as Loki and command the powerful army of the Chitauri unchallenged. Thanos threatened to bathe the starways in Ronan's blood if he failed to deliver The Orb. When Ronan was about to betray Thanos and use the Orb for himself, Ronan was confident enough that he could kill Thanos with the Power Stone. Nevertheless, Thanos displayed no sign of concern after Ronan threatened him.

Powers and Abilities


  • Titan Physiology: Thanos possesses immense levels of superhuman physical attributes; such as superhuman strength, durability, reflexes, speed, etc.; making him one of the most, if not the most powerful being in the entire universe.
    • Superhuman Strength: Thanos possesses immense levels of superhuman strength; for example, he was able to crush the Tesseract (in order to retrieve the Space Stone) in a single hand with little effort, despite it being one of the most powerful objects in existence; he was even able to overpower other super-powered individuals, such as the Hulk (despite the fact that the superhuman's physical strength increases; the more he gives into his rage), Spider-Man, Drax, Gamora, Black Panther and Thor relatively easily, despite the Asgardian king possessing god-like strength himself. However, Thanos was unable to physically overpower Steve Rogers, as the Super Soldier was able to hold back Thanos' gauntlet hand (only just barely) however, once Steve was exhausted, the Titan proceeded to effortlessly knock the Super Soldier out with a single punch.
    • Superhuman Durability: Thanos possesses immense levels of superhuman durability; for example, he is able to wield all six Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet simultaneously without suffering any strain, even surviving the power of all six without any harm to himself as well as was able to endure hits from super strong foes like Steve Rogers, Drax the Destroyer, Iron Man, Spider Man, Hulk and many others with only minor flinching. However, his durability does have a limit as he was nearly killed by Thor during the final confrontation when Thor threw his new hammer-axe Stormbreaker through his chest, with Thanos himself admitting Thor should have aimed for his head.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: Thanos possesses immense levels of superhuman reflexes; for example, he was able to dodge a few blows from Hulk, and then instantly struck him multiple times before Hulk had a chance to respond. Thanos also easily reacted to Loki's swift attempt to kill him, effortlessly choking Loki to death before the latter could react.
    • Superhuman Speed: Thanos possesses immense levels of superhuman speed; for example, he was able to outmanoeuvre and beat the Hulk in hand-to-hand combat within seconds.
    • Immortality: Thanos has been a galatic warlord for centuries. Gamora stated to Nebula that killing Thanos may not be possible, strongly implying that in addition to having an eternal lifespan, Thanos's immortality also makes him immune to most natural means of death.


  • Genius Level-Intellect: Even in his youth, Thanos was deemed a genius among his kind, despite his deformation. His long life has allowed Thanos to refine his intellectual aptitude to the highest degree, making him exceptionally intelligent. Hence, due to Thanos's intellectual genius; he is one of the most intelligent individuals in the universe. Thanos's intellect contributes to his ability to conquer many worlds.
  • Master Tactician/Manipulator/Leader: Thanos is an exceptionally accomplished tactician, with centuries of experience in using strategies. Thanos's mastery and experience in using strategy and tactics allows him to create extremely complex and well-coordinated plans and execute them effectively, with the strategies he created and employed being so effective that he gave the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy great trouble all the while remaining anonymous. Thanos is even a far more skilled tactician than Loki, who was famous for being a crafty genius in orchestrating chunning schemes, as he easily deceived the God of Mischief into becoming his minion and later easily predicted and outsmarted Loki's attempt to assassinate him. Thanos is an exceptionally skillful and experienced manipulator, far surpassing even Loki, the God of Mischief himself who was famous for his manipulation abilities. Without leaving his throne, he was able to manipulate other powerful beings, such as Loki, into doing his bidding. His manipulation ultimately caused both the Chitauri Invasion and the Battle of Xandar. As Thor noted, Thanos has effectively manipulated the Avengers for his own goals. Thanos is also an exceptional leader, as he was able to lead the Outriders and Chitauri armies, despite their savagery, and inspire absolute loyalty into his Black Order children. Thanos' outstanding leadership was displayed by the fact that he was known for having led his forces with such efficiency as to having easily decimated many species and killing half of said species during his mission to re-balance the universe.
  • Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Thanos is an exceptionally skilled hand-to-hand combatant, with millennia of fighting experience, he was able to fight off and quickly force back both Dr. Strange who was using a sword made of Eldritch Magic, and Drax with his knives, easily fight off and swiftly pummel Spider-Man with only one hand and to easily defeat and grievously wound Iron Man. Thanos easily countered Black Panther's charge by choking him with a single hand and then pummeled him to the ground with a single punch, as well as effortlessly defeating and knocking out Captain America with a single blow. Thanos's most impressive feat is that he was even able to defeat and casually beat the Hulk into a bloody pulp (despite the superhuman's amazing levels of strength) as well as defeating Thor relatively easily, who is a master hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist in his own right.


  • Decapitation: According to Thanos himself, the only way to permanently kill him, is to cut off his head from his body; after Thor nearly killed him with Stormbreaker, Thanos stated that he should have gone for the head.



  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (4 films)

Behind the scenes

  • Thanos' presence in the movie was 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; this has been confirmed with the casting of Josh Brolin as the voice of Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War, with a physical presence being provided by motion capture.[1]
  • Joss Whedon has said that Thanos will play a major role in the "Final Act", referring to Avengers 3 as a whole, stating: "Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful he is not someone you can just try out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to threading through the universe and to save the big finale for ‘the big finale’. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful but not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment (AoU)."
  • Kevin Feige has reiterated his statements about Thanos shaking things up for The Avengers, and what his role in the overall scheme of things in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "If you remember we had a tag scene in Thor: The Dark World where Benicio Del Toro showed up for the first time as The Collector, so that was our way of saying the Guardians and the other Marvel characters inhabit the same reality and the same universe. In particular, there's a villain in this film [Guardians], that comic fans know as Thanos, that moviegoers will begin to learn more and more about in the coming years. He appeared at the very end of the first Avengers film, when he turned into camera and smirked, and we realised he was the person behind the alien army that Loki teamed up with to terrorise New York City, and that the Avengers had to fight. going on to say "We see him again in this movie [Guardians], we learn a little bit more about him in this movie, and he - and his band of followers - is the biggest piece of connective tissue that will eventually lead us back into Avengers films in the future."[2]
  • Kevin Feige had this to say about Brolin's inclusion as Thanos, as well as Brolin's excitement about the role:  "We reached out to him and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. He was a fan of what we did, he met with Jeremy Latcham in a hotel in London and learned about the characters a little bit. I spoke to him on the phone a few times. We ran it by James who loved it, ran it by Joss who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it." while also saying thos about his role in Age of Ultron: "We knew he was going to be in this movie (Age of Ultron). We wanted somebody to be more than just the voice. Josh did the performance as well. We were looking at a wish list of, “Wouldn’t it be great if names,” and his name was on it. And you look at his face and the performances he gives, he could be Thanos without any effects. He has that kind of face and that kind of gravitas to it."[3]
  • James Gunn's brother Sean was a stand-in during filming, and Josh Brolin did both motion capture and voice for Thanos.
  • Josh Brolin's role in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron was uncredited.
  • Thanos' look was changed for Guardians of the Galaxy; his skin was changed to a lighter lavender, and his eyes were darkened. His gloves were also removed, instead replaced with armored gauntlets. This was most likely because his initial appearance was more of an early model just for the post-credits scene, explaining his more elaborate appearance for a more prominent role.
    • In an interview, Josh Brolin expanded on Thanos' relationship with Death, and confirmed that Death will be portrayed as a woman in the Cinematic Universe: "His relationship with Death, who is actually the woman, I love that. You can take Sin City (in which Brolin plays a man obsessed with a dark-hearted woman) and pump it full of steroids, and then you have Thanos. I like that he’s motivated by that — not just motivated by destruction or death or this or that. He’s motivated by a very identifiable, human trait.”[4]



The Avengers

Promotion, Filming, and Concept Art

Thor: The Dark World Prelude

Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude

Guardians of the Galaxy Prequel Infinite Comic

Guardians of the Galaxy

Promotion and Concept Art

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Infinity War

Promotion, Filming, and Concept Art



  1. Josh Brolin to Play Thanos in Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Avengers’ Sequel
  2. Marvel’s Kevin Feige updates on Guardians Of The Galaxy, Thanos, Ant-Man, TV shows and Doctor Strange
  3. Kevin Feige Talks Josh Brolin As 'Thanos', BLACK PANTHER, IRON MAN 4, THOR 3 And More
  4. Josh Brolin Talks Future Thanos Appearances and ‘Death’ Relationship