10. Put Scarlet Witch At Her Most Powerful Comic Book Levels
As things stand, it would appear that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Wanda Maximoff possesses the power of telekinesis and nothing more (if the [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](tag:254973) mid-credits scene is anything to go by and going by what is generally being rumoured).
However, one of the things that Wanda is known for in the comic books is her fluctuating power levels (mostly due to inconsistent writing, as opposed to it actually being a thing) and, consequently, that could occur in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it could be a case of Wanda not yet reaching her potential and, when she does, she could become a genuine threat to a character of Thanos’ power levels – even if he’s wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.
In the comics, you see, Wanda has been shown to be a mass reality warper (just like the power the Infinity Gauntlet will presumably give Thanos) and also possesses the power to manipulate probability. In the “House of M” storyline, by simply saying “no more mutants”, Wanda wiped mutants from the planet.
This level of power could act as the ideal counter-measure to Thanos and it could even be a case of the Infinity Gauntlet activating Wanda’s full powers, by virtue of her being in close proximity to it.
It would certainly be cool to see a comic book-level Wanda Maximoff duking it out with Thanos, put it that way.
9. A Loki double -cross
Loki will be looking to avoid the wrath of Thanos, following his failure to conquer Earth on the Mad Titan’s behalf in the first Avengers movie. As a result, he may conspire with him once more – perhaps acting in the same capacity as Mephisto did in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book arc, where he was sort of Thanos’ adviser, before attempting to betray him.
This would be the ultimate display of Loki’s deviousness, but also the ultimate way to make amends for all of the terrible things he did in previous movies – assuming his double-cross was in order to help the heroes, as oppose to gaining power for himself, that is.
Either way, if Loki was to appear in the movie as Thanos’ aid, it would be more than likely that his motives were actually to bring the Mad Titan down – as we all know the Asgardian doesn’t play well with others.
8. Introduce Sentry
Very few Avengers from comic book history stand any kind of chance against Thanos in one-on-one combat – especially not when the Mad Titan is wielding the Infinity Gauntlet – but Sentry is certainly the closest thing the superhero team have ever had to a Thanos-level threat.
There are indeed a number of powerful heroes who could yet be brought in to help in the final fight against the all-powerful villain – Nova, Quasar, Ms. Marvel etc – but none of them come close to the power levels of a prime Sentry.
Robert Reynolds, as he is also known, is essentially a Superman analogue whose powers are even more potent than the man of steel – but he also possesses a number of other powers. For example, his Molecule Man-countering matter transmutation powers could be a decent way to counter the reality warping abilities that Thanos could possess with the Infinity Gauntlet and his mental abilities could be a good way of countering any telepathy that Thanos could bring to the table.
Basically, if the Avengers need a big gun brought in to combat the big, purple, maniacal extra-terrestrial threat of Thanos, they don’t come much bigger than the Sentry.
Could we see Thanos being defeated in exactly the same that he was in the Infinity Gauntlet story arc? It’s certainly a distinct possibility, given that the character who ultimately brought him down is Nebula, who Karen Gillan is due to portray in this August’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
After the collective heroes present – including the likes of Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Thor – fail to stop Thanos in his quest for universal domination, it takes a simple momentary lapse in concentration for Thanos to lose the Infinity Gauntlet. Nebula simply grabs it off him, bringing to an end his reign of terror and undoing everything he had previously done with the item of power.
Although this would be something of an anti-climatic outcome to the Thanos/Infinity Gauntlet saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (given the action-packed alternative ways in which Thanos could potentially be defeated), it would certainly be a fitting tribute to the source material.
5. A Guardians Of The Galaxy/Avengers Team-Up
Could Thanos’ demise in Avengers 3 be as simple as two teams coming together to overpower him?
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be hitting our screens in just over a month and, if links are established with the titular team and Earth – or if indeed they simply know of Thanos’ intentions and follow him – there is no reason why the cosmic team won’t turn up to assist the Avengers in their (and the universe’s) hour of need.
Imagine if you will that Thanos is tearing through the Avengers like butter – knocking down the Hulk, smashing Tony Stark’s armour, shrugging off shots from Mjolnir as if it was an inflatable hammer – and, all of a sudden, backup arrives in the form of an anthropomorphic raccoon, a walking tree and a ragtag band of space misfits.
Seeing the two very different teams joining forces to overwhelm Thanos with the numbers game would be absolutely awesome to see and, at this moment in time, it does seem like one of the most likely scenarios.
When Thanos is causing universal havoc with the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet, what better way to combat him than with some divine intervention in the shape of the Allfather Odin?
Thor’s father is one of the few non-abstract beings in the Marvel comic book universe who is actually capable of defeating Thanos in one-on-one combat and, although the Infinity Gauntlet will sway the odds massively in Thanos’ favour, Odin has a few tricks up his sleeve that could even the odds somewhat.
A concept in the comic books that has yet to be explored in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is known as the Odinforce – an ancient Asgardian power that Odin can call upon in desperate times. It has granted him the power to create and destroy galaxies and it could be the leveller required to combat Thanos.
Imagine, if you will, that Thanos is on Earth, causing universal destruction and swatting away the heroes like flies – a portal opens, Anthony Hopkins’ Odin appears and starts beating the Mad Titan around like a rag doll. What an awesome scene that would be.
He could even be wielding the all-powerful Odinsword and/or inhabiting the Destroyer Armour – which would be an incredible sight. In the comics, he has grown to 2000 feet tall doing this, after having absorbed the powers of several other godlike beings. Imagine Thanos doing the same and two giants duking it out in live action?
When it comes to Odin’s potential intervention in the final battle with Thanos, the possibilities are endless and fantastic
3. Thanos Buster Armour
Iron Man 3 showed that the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Tony Stark is just as capable as his comic book counterpart when it comes to creating a wide variety of different armours – and that could signal the introduction of armours designed specifically to combat individual threats.
In fact, the concept art for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie has already shown what appears to be a Hulk Buster armour. In the comics, Stark has created such armours as the aforementioned one to combat the Hulk, a Thor Buster armour for the event that Thor went rogue and indeed a Thanos Buster armour.
Maybe, just maybe, Earth (and consequently Tony Stark) will learn of the threat of Thanos (perhaps during the events of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie) and this will prompt the hero to build a counter-measure. Of course, whether or not it would take in to account the fact that the Mad Titan will be wielding the Infinity Gauntlet is very unlikely and, as such, it might struggle to take Thanos down. But if the heroes can take the Gauntlet from him, the Thanos Buster armour could do a great job of finishing the villain off.
1. Drax The Destroyer
When all else fails, with The Avengers and their allies soundly beaten by the godlike Thanos, could it simply come down to a one-on-one fight between the Mad Titan and the being who was created for the very purpose of defeating him (in the comics, at least)?
Drax the Destroyer – who is to be portrayed by WWE superstar Dave Bautista in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie – has defeated Thanos before in the comic books, simply because he was made and destined to do so.
He was Arthur Douglas – a human whose family was attacked and killed by the Mad Titan and whose spirit was placed in a powerful new body by the powerful being Kronos in order for him to take Thanos down.
In one instance in the comic books, Drax ripped Thanos’ heart out through his chest. Although that kind of brutality is unlikely to be shown in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Drax taking down the villain in a somewhat less violent way would make a lot of sense (especially given that it’s already been shown, in the trailers, that Drax is on a galactic rampage to find his family’s killer).