We first saw Thanos at the mid-credits interval of the Avengers movie, when he was seen with the Other, after the Chitauri invasion had failed. He let a smile slip when the Other informed him that to challenge the heroes of Earth would be “to court death” and we haven’t seen him since. He is due to appear in August’s Guardians of the Galaxy, when Josh Brolin takes on the role, before really making an impact in the third Avengers movie (by which time, we assume, he will have the entire Infinity Gauntlet in his possession).
Thanos is powerful enough without any items of power in his possession, so wielding the Infinity Gauntlet (which will essentially make him God if the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of it is anything like the one in the comic books – which, to be honest, it probably won’t be) will make him nigh unbeatable. This makes me wonder; how the hell is he going to be defeated? Well, there are a number of forces that could take him down.
Here are 4 forces who could take down the mighty Thanos...
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.
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.
2. 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
Drax the Destroyer – who is portrayed by WWE superstar Dave Bautista in The Guardians of the Galaxy – 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).
So there you have it –4 forces that could defeat Thaos. Do you agree with any of these people? How else might the Mad Titan be brought down? Let me know your thoughts in the comments box below.