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(Warning - potential SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War lie below - proceed with whatever level of caution your natural SPOILER-averse-ness dictates...)

Now, if there's one major truth hidden behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe's ever-changing outer shell of awesomeness, it's this: in the end, Thanos is going to turn out to be the Big Bad. After all, he's been teased ever since 2012's The Avengers, and a whole lot of both Phase 2 and, seemingly, Phase 3 of the MCU has been dedicated to setting up his future involvement, and just how devastating that could be for our heroes come the story's epic conclusion in Avengers: Infinity War.

What, though, if that...wasn't actually true? Specifically:

What if Thanos Isn't the MCU's Biggest Bad?

And, what's more, what if he isn't even the main villain in Avengers: Infinity War?

That, y'see, is the startling implication of the latest casting rumor to emerge from the MCU. Y'see:

It Seems That Marvel Might Be Casting a New Villain

And boy, is he a doozy.

According to a recent report on, not only has Marvel begun the process of auditioning potential leading and supporting cast members for Avengers: Infinity War, but among those soon-to-be-cast roles is one of the most dangerous villains the Marvel Comic Book Universe has ever known - one who has a history of involvement in a certain Infinity War.

That's right:

It Sounds Like the Magus Is Coming to the MCU

And holy crap, is that bad news for our favorite heroes...

Y'see, the slightly peculiar thing about Thanos having been lined up to be the Big Bad in Avengers: Infinity War is that, in the comics, he really wasn't the main villain in that storyline. Instead, he'd been a deadly, potentially-universe-ending threat in a major crossover event a year earlier - The Infinity Gauntlet - in which he essentially destroyed half the universe (don't worry, it didn't stick).

By Infinity War, though, Thanos was actually basically working on the same side as our heroes, having been targeted for destruction by a new, even deadlier villain, The Magus.

Who Is This Magus Guy, Though?

Well, it's a little complicated, but he's essentially the physical manifestation of the evil parts of the hero Adam Warlock (below), created after the latter attempted to expel all emotion in order to become a truly logical being.

Which basically makes him an immensely powerful, and truly evil, being, intent on not only conquering all of existence, but also on gaining revenge against the man who inadvertently created him - Adam Warlock - and that man's greatest foe, Thanos.

In other words:

If He Ends Up Featuring in Avengers: Infinity War, There's a Decent Chance That Thanos Is Going to Switch Sides

What's more, it very much suggests that - as many fans have long suspected - Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will loosely follow the plot of Infinity Gauntlet, before Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 adapts Infinity War itself.

Or, y'know, it could turn out that the largely unsubstantiated rumor of The Magus' imminent arrival in the MCU is actually just that: a rumor, and that we won't actually be seeing him after all.

Which, in the greater scheme of things, might actually improve our chances of seeing some Avengers come out of those movies alive...

What do you think, though?

via Geek Tyrant


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