Despite his head being lopped off in Avengers: Endgame (not to mention his alternate past version being dusted), Thanos creator Jim Starlin doesn’t think we’ve seen the last of the Mad Titan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, he even expects to see a young version of the character popping up in next year’s Eternals.
“Well, I understand that the story’s not completely ended,” Starlin told Comic Book. “They’ve already announced that. I think a young Thanos appears in The Eternals. I remember reading that somewhere… They made a shit load of money off this guy. So I don’t see them retiring him anytime soon. Comic book characters tend to have an extended lifespan beyond the actors who work on them. I’m half expecting to see much more Thanos down the line.”
Marvel had originally planned on exploring some of Thanos’ backstory in Avengers: Infinity War [check out some concept art showing age progression designs here], and given how closely he’s tied to the Eternals in Marvel comic book continuity (he’s the son of the Eternals A’lars and Sui-San), it’s certainly possible that the movie could explore his origin or at least make reference to it, particularly as it is expected to span thousands of years of history.
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Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super-Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
Eternals is being directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider) and features a cast that includes Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), Richard Madden (Bodyguard), Don Lee (Train to Busan), Salma Hayek (The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead), Brian Tyree Henry (Child’s Play), Lia McHugh (American Woman), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel) and Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk). It is set for release on February 12th 2021.