Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 60
  1. #1

    Default Should Marvel put Thanos on a long hiatus?

    I believe that the Thanos subplot of Infinity was a Marvel mandate as it does absolutely nothing for Hickman's storyline. The part about the war with the builders makes sense as part of his overall narrative, but I don't think that was supposed to be an event. I may be wrong (and I probably am) but as a reader looking in, it almost feels Marvel went to him, said "We need an event to bring the Inhumans to the forefront as a middle finger to Fox and include Thanos!" Thus, he needed a kid to 'search for' which was setup with the awful Rising. But after the Terrigen bomb exploded, you'll notice the Inhumans aren't really used in Hickman's story again except for Blackbolt and Thanos might be present, but there's nothing exactly Thanos about him, he could have easily been replaced by any other powerful space bad guy like Blastaar or Tyrant. Even in Secret Wars, Thanos wasn't there for any reason other than to get killed off by Doom to show how powerful Doom was... like we didn't get that already from everything else?

    Hopefully the Infinity Ending, or whatever it's called, the third chapter of Starlin and Davis' new OGN trilogy, gives his Thanos a nice and definitive ending, because we're not going to get it with Marvel turning him into a goth tinged purple rage monster and a mustache twirling idiot. The only thing that matters to them is he was the villain in Infinity Gauntlet, and that's it. I'm really curious how Thanos is going to be handled in the comics now. Since Avengers post credits scene, he's been in at least a comic book of some sort each month, whether he was the antagonist in the story, or his own title, or a bunch of cameos or both. Now that Thanos' story is done, I wonder if after some current arcs we'll see him finally fade away somewhat. Once upon a time, Thanos was a well respected villain/antihero among niche circles of fans who fell under the spell of Starlin stories, and he was used sparingly, when Thanos showed up, you knew shit was going to hit the fan (well, except Ka-Zar, Thor and Celestial Quest). He wasn't brought out that often, but when he was, whooboy! But now, shit, he's been in so many books and is constantly punched and beaten, at this point J. Jonah Jameson could probably beat him just by sneezing on him. It's a huge disservice to who the character was. Here's to hoping they don't do the same thing to whoever the next big bad in the MCU is.

    Starlin remains somewhat short-tempered when interviewers ask him about Thanos and Marvel editorial, but if he truly means to give a proper ending to Thanos, I'm all for it. Keith Giffen and Ron Marz aside, I haven't found that Marvel has any authors willing to grant Thanos the wit, intellect, pragmatism and psychedelic sense of wonder that Starlin imbues his creation with. Thanos is best left in Starlin's hands, as other creators tend to simply retread either his cosmic cube phase from the seventies or The Infinity Gauntlet (and only the first 4 issues of the series at that while glossing over the character development).

  2. #2
    Incredible Member your_name_here's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    701

    Default

    The hype will probably calm down for a while. At the minute though, he is seen as the ultimate “bad”, mainly because Doom and Magneto can be seen as more “grey” characters now.

  3. #3
    Incredible Member your_name_here's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    701

    Default

    And I agree with Thanos in Secret Wars. Thought he should have died bringing down the wall/shield.

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by your_name_here View Post
    The hype will probably calm down for a while. At the minute though, he is seen as the ultimate “bad”, mainly because Doom and Magneto can be seen as more “grey” characters now.
    Thanos was originally supposed to become a grey character after Gauntlet as mentioned other times.

    Personally, i only wish writers would stop ignoring he's supposed to be a great scientist and trickster, and not a rampaging brute like Juggernaut and Mangog. The part of Lemire's run when he Couldn't come up with something more advanced than a spear after being depowered, despite previous stories showing that Thanos has in ship plenty of gizmos on par with Reed Richards and Doctor Doom, was cringe worthy for me.

  5. #5
    Invincible Member XPac's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Posts
    27,498

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMar-Vell92 of the Kree View Post
    Thanos was originally supposed to become a grey character after Gauntlet as mentioned other times.

    Personally, i only wish writers would stop ignoring he's supposed to be a great scientist and trickster, and not a rampaging brute like Juggernaut and Mangog. The part of Lemire's run when he Couldn't come up with something more advanced than a spear after being depowered, despite previous stories showing that Thanos has in ship plenty of gizmos on par with Reed Richards and Doctor Doom, was cringe worthy for me.
    I think the problem with him being a grey character (and this can apply at times to Doom and Magneto) is that it takes away one of their best villains. Arguably THE best villains. And that's hard to replace.

  6. #6

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by XPac View Post
    I think the problem with him being a grey character (and this can apply at times to Doom and Magneto) is that it takes away one of their best villains. Arguably THE best villains. And that's hard to replace.
    If they want to use Thanos as an antagonist, don't write him as a thuggish moron. Or better yet, put him on a 5-10 year hiatus and use other powerful villains

  7. #7
    Fantastic Member Shreene's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2019
    Posts
    398

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainMar-Vell92 of the Kree View Post
    If they want to use Thanos as an antagonist, don't write him as a thuggish moron. Or better yet, put him on a 5-10 year hiatus and use other powerful villains
    Thanos is in no way a thuggish moron...

  8. #8
    The King Fears NO ONE! Triniking1234's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Posts
    5,033

    Default

    Yeah. Lemire's and Cates' Thanos are good.
    "Cable was right!"

  9. #9

    Default

    i'd say 'yes' if they had also put Doom on hiatus. but nope.
    "I just don't get why you wouldn't want to break the law anymore" --Scorpia

  10. #10

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Triniking1234 View Post
    Yeah. Lemire's and Cates' Thanos are good.
    They try too hard in making Thanos like he's evil incarnate or something. Lemire and Cates take on Thanos was pretty shallow for me. With Thanos being an angry thug who relies too much on brute force to deal with his foes instead of using his intellect like he did in Starlin and Giffen stories. Basically they were basically writing Blastaar with Thanos colors slapped over him, doesn't feel like the same character at all.

    It's like if someone writes Doom like DC's Doomsday.
    Last edited by CaptainMar-Vell92 of the Kree; 08-16-2019 at 11:37 AM.

  11. #11
    Moderator Frontier's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Posts
    42,530

    Default

    Now that he's finished in the movies, I think it would be good to see him take a break now.

  12. #12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Frontier View Post
    Now that he's finished in the movies, I think it would be good to see him take a break now.
    I really wish Marvel would stop using Thanos after the release of Infinity Ending and leave the character for a long time.

    I'm really tired of the Thuggish Thanos from the Marvel NOW era. Although Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning sort of regressed Thanos into a jumping brute with anger issues in Imperative due to being forcefully ressurected and rejected by Mistress Death again but at least they had him defeat Evil Mar-Vell with his cunning.

  13. #13
    Astonishing Member JudicatorPrime's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    The Cosmic Shores of the Pacific
    Posts
    4,712

    Default

    His popularity won't let him be mothballed for too long. But yes, I'd like to see him used more sparingly. At least for the next 2-3 years.

  14. #14
    Kinky Lil' Canine Snoop Dogg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2018
    Posts
    7,228

    Default

    did we all collectively forget that he's been dead for a year and we got jebaited by guardians probably so cates can bring him back like dna did in an event
    Dance games are my divine punishment from the Lord. May my furnace be forever fueled.

  15. #15
    Fantastic Member catbellysqueezer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Posts
    354

    Default

    Nooooooooooooooooooooo
    Baby Thanos

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •