Avengers: Infinity War will hit cinemas in less than a year, marking the point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when the Avengers will finally come face-to-face with Thanos. With this momentous occasion finally playing out on the big screen, there were several events across various comics featuring the Infinity Stones and Thanos that should make it into the film.
1. Mistress Death Rejects Thanos
Mistress Death, queen of the underworld — who is suspected of being replaced by Hela in the MCU — is the one true love of Thanos. Pretty weird, but Thanos is a purple demon who is willing to kill billions for a glove, so it makes sense. He designed the Infinity Gauntlet to impress Death and show he is just as powerful as she, and yet she rejects him. And he completely freaks out.
2. Thanos Destroys Half The Universe
And then he goes and does this. Just to prove how much of a bad-ass he is, Thanos wipes out half of all the life in the universe, because he can do it so easily using the #InfinityStones. Heroes and villains are shown disappearing, with the remainders left flustered and wondering where their counterparts have gone. With all the buildup we've had showing Thanos as the ultimate Big Bad, this comic book event could drive that point home. I'm not saying we should permanently erase these heroes and villains, as knocking off half of all life is a little extreme, but we could bring them back at a later stage — perhaps Avengers 4 in 2019!
3. The Illuminati
Before you jump to any conclusions, let me explain that #Marvel's version of the Illuminati has only been around since 2005 and is comprised of fictional superheroes. After Thanos was defeated and the Infinity Stones were recovered, the heroes of Earth took possession of these powerful gems once again, splitting them up among their group so that no one person would have that much power.
Six of the more powerful heroes each took one stone and hid them. Doctor Strange hid his in an alternate dimension so nobody could find it. Some of the characters who were part of this Illuminati, like Professor X, aren't available to Marvel, but guys like #DoctorStrange, Black Panther, Vision and Iron Man could be trusted, along with the likes of Captain Marvel and #Thor. These heroes must face becoming slightly corrupted by the power and trying to keep it in check, which could lead to some very compelling stories going into Phase Four and beyond.
4. 'Come And Get Me!'
If you're after the most legendary moment to show how good Thanos is at being bad, then this is it. When the entirety of the forces of not just Earth but of the universe assemble against him, #Thanos just stares them all down and tells them to come at him. This is one evil dude and he was omnipotent at this point, so he really had nothing to fear. A showdown between him and all of those incredibly powerful beings would be an awesome sight to behold.
5. Captain America Vs. Thanos
This has to happen. And it is going to be the most incredible moment in the whole of the #MCU when it does. When Thanos destroys the entire roster of superheroes that come at him — including Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Thor and Hulk — Captain America just strolls on up to him. This moment, more than any other in all of comic book history, defines who Captain America is. He walks up to this omnipotent being, knowing he has zero chance of surviving, having already seen his more powerful friends defeated, and just stares him down, toe to toe.
Cap is literally staring death in the face, communicating that he doesn't care if he is killed because there will always be somebody to fight Thanos. Killing Captain America would prove once and for all that Thanos is the definitive Big Bad, and having this legendary hero killed off would set a tone for the finale of #AvengersInfinityWar.
Imagine if Captain America's death was the last thing we saw, then Avengers 4 kicks off with the aftermath of the death of Steve Rogers. It would be haunting for sure, and with Chris Evans' Marvel contract up and fans begging for Marvel to go darker, it's not out of the realm of possibility. Can you imagine if Thanos beat him almost to death and Steve just gets up and says, "I can do this all day?" I think I'd burst into tears in the cinema.
Avengers: Infinity War hits cinemas on May 4, 2018. Are there any other comic book moments we need to see in the coming movie? Sound off in the comments below.