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Who is Thanos?

On one of Saturn's moons called TItan lived a group of Eternals, and Thanos was born as one of the last members of the Eternals. However, he was born misshapen and monstrous in comparison to the other Eternals, particularly his handsome and carefree brother, Starfox, and Thanos grew into a melancholy, brooding individual, consumed with the concept of death. More than any of his people, Thanos sought out personal power and increased strength, endowing himself with cybernetic implants until he became more powerful than any of his brethren.

What powers/abilities does Thanos have?

Superhuman Intelligence: Thanos' most dangerous ability is his mind. Thanos' intellect is dedicated to enhancing his own powers and to the annihilation of all life. Thanos is a genius in virtually all known fields of advanced science and has shown to quickly adapt to new battle situations.

Nigh Invulnerability: Before his "death", Thanos possessed an impressive degree of resistance to physical injury, even compared to other Eternals. After his resurrection, Death increased his ability to resist injury to a much greater degree and he is nigh invulnerable. He has withstood at point blank range planet destroying attacks without any harm.

Energy Manipulation & Control: Thanos has displayed great versatility in the use of his energy projection abilities. He has demonstrated the ability to project pure energy as 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.

Superhuman Strength, Agility and Stamina: Thanos possesses vast superhuman strength the full limits of which aren't known. Death has increased his strength beyond their original limits to levels rivaling or surpassing those of the physically strongest Eternals. Thanos' strength is so vast he has destroyed entire planets with the simple force of his blows. He has proven capable of fighting Thor even when he had the Power Gem.Despite his great size, Thanos' agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete. His agility is roughly equal to that of the average Eternal. Thanos' musculature produces almost no fatigue toxins during physical activity. As a result, he has nearly superhuman stamina in all physical activities.

When was Thanos first introduced?

Thanos first appeared in Iron Man #55 (Feb. 1973) and was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin.
Thanos first appeared in Iron Man #55 (Feb. 1973) and was created by writer-artist Jim Starlin.

Which Thanos story arcs are the best?


The mad titan Thanos makes his world-shattering return, and his armies fire the opening shots of a galactic war that will be fought both on Earth and in deep space - with our heroes caught between both battles! As Thanos' secrets are revealed, the Inhumans' city of Attilan falls, and the Illuminati find themselves on the front line!

Marvel: The End

The End begins with a cosmically-powered Egyptian Pharaoh arriving on Earth and quickly smiting the X-Men, Avengers and Fantastic Four. It's then up to the cosmic villain Thanos to save the day. But in the process he obtains ultimate power. And then things get bad.

Infinity Gaunlet

It's the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men and more against the omnipotent Eternal, Thanos! The Mad Titan has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it!

Why is Thanos so important?

He has wielded the Infinity Gauntlet which is one of the most powerful objects in the Marvel multiverse.

He will be the main villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 & 2.

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