Who Is Thanos And Why Are The Avengers So Screwed?

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As Black Panther continues to set the box office on fire en route to surpassing a billion internationally, we look at what’s next in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline where, this morning, Marvel released yet another trailer for the highly-anticipated "Avengers: Infinity Wars." This time the Avengers will face Thanos, a mutated member of the long-lived race of people populating Titan known as Eternals. He has superhuman strength, stamina and durability, can absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy and is capable of telekinesis, telepathy and matter manipulation. He can also throw them hands, holding off Odin head up in a fight and even knocking Galactus off his feet, both of which are unheard of. Since making his first cameo in 2012's "The Avengers," Thanos has had fans speculating just how much damage the Mad Titan would bring down upon the Earth with his armies and his inner circle of trusted allies known as the Black Order. Images of distress to our heroes are still fresh in the mind, Tony Starks looks like he’s about bite the big one, Captain America is brought to his knees and Dr. Stephen Strange screams out in excruciating pain as the Black Maw mockingly shushes him. AVENGERS INFINITY WAR Final Trailer (Marvel 2018) As many already know from the recent Black Panther megafilm, the borders of Wakanda have been impenetrable to invaders and usurpers since forever. In the comic books, Wakanda was eventually brought unprecedented death and destruction at the hands of Prince Namor aka the Submariner, who was in possession of a portion of the Phoenix Force when he used a tidal wave to destroy half the country. Another catastrophic assault on native Wakanda happened in during Marvel’s Secret Invasion storyline from 2008. Skrull forces attacked Wakandan forces, with the technological advances of both sides causing modern weaponry to be moot, the Wakandan army fights with traditional spears and shields, killing every last Skrull, dumping their corpses on a ship, and sending it back to the mothership with a warning note against such foolishness in the future. Yeah, pretty gangster. But in the trailer for Infinity Wars, as the Dora Milaje charge into battle alongside Captain America and Bucky Barnes, I get a sneaky suspicion that things aren't going to turn out well for Wakanda. Will the forces of evil succeed? Well, not in the long run. However, there’s going to be a bunch of dying in this one. You cannot have Thanos and no apocalypse level mayhem popping off. That's just not how it works. undefined Though the trailers have been great at alluding to big bad Thanos coming to Earth for the remaining infinity gems, what they’ve been mum on is just exactly how much carnage Death’s perpetual suitor will bring to our little green and blue marble. But waiting for Thanos are Earth's mightiest heroes and their friends including Captain America, Iron Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor and, course, T’Challa and the entire nation of Wakanda, all ready to do battle against this intergalactic evil. But to understand what fans will see on April 27th, we must first return to the comic book pages of yesteryear. What's about to jump off on the silver screen had its beginnings with writer Jim Starlin in Iron Man #55 way back in 1973. That’s so far back that ol’ Purple jawls wasn’t even considered a bad guy yet. It wasn’t until 1975, when Starlin developed the idea of the infinity gems, were the intentions of Thanos, initially an ally of Adam Warlock, finally revealed to be nefarious through and through. His battles against Captain Marvel and Adam Warlock are considered the “First and Second Thanos Wars” from a canonical perspective.

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