The Infinity Solution!

Seriously....I fully EXPECT this from Marvel, soon.

Seriously….I fully EXPECT this from Marvel, soon.

Thanos is Marvel’s big, A-list bad guy for the upcoming Avengers movies. We’ve seen him in cameos on his big floating chair, we’ve seen him in end credits tags…we have seen him, for sure. He’s being hyped big time, because most people that don’t read comics have no idea at all who the @#$% he is.

A whole lot of Thanos stuff has been put back into print. There’s an ongoing Marvel monthly comic starring him, and there has been a bunch of merchandise that you just would not have seen years back.

In the past week or so, Thanos was introduced into Marvel Puzzle Quest, which I have been playing. In fact, he was introduced with a game update, and several events that revolved around the character, and pushing an awareness of the character to people who might not have been all that in touch with him.

For the past year and a half or so, Marvel has even been doing direct to Graphic Novel format Thanos boos with Jim Starlin, his creator. Featuring names like “The Infinity Revelation”, “Infinity Relativity” and so forth, they have been about twenty five bucks each, and are a very classy “event format” presentation.

Why do I mention all of this? Great question, True Believer….I’m glad you asked.

Thanos, as a character, is at this point Dangerously Overexposed. He was a throwaway bad guy at the start of Civil War II…because you needed a serious threat, and he needed to make a cameo. He appears so frequently right now that it is no longer an Event, instead he’s a villain that the heroes are obligated to meet up with, be impressed with, and defeat. Every time that happens, even though the Marvel cast of characters remains impressed with him, the reader becomes slightly less impressed.

In fact, it seems like we might not be that far off from Cap arm wrestling him for the fate of something or other that is hard to understand, with the Magus (Adam Warlock’s evil side)being the ref for the event. Complete with his 1970’s perm, which is hard to draw, by the way. That arm wrestling match would be the Infinity solution, and somehow be connected to a Cosmic Table of some kind.

See? I could churn out the same stuff Jim Starlin is these days.

The art, without lettering.

The art, without lettering.

In the art, Thanos has the Infinity Gauntlet, but it wouldn’t be fair for him to use it. Thanos generally deals on the up and up…so I figure he’d go with “fair” for this kind of thing. Without the Infinity Gauntlet, I’m pretty sure that Cap can defeat Thanos at arm wrestling. According to Marvel, “Thanos possesses vast superhuman strength the full limits of which aren’t known. Death (the entity) has increased his strength beyond their original limits to levels rivaling or surpassing those of the physically strongest Eternals.”

Cap has Silver Age Alien American strength, which means that she can affect the orbits of things in space (like comets and asteroids), and lift mountains, as well as hurl things into space. It might be a contest, but if it’s just strength against strength, I thing that she has the edge.

You’ll note that she has some of the cuff bracelets that were all the rage in 1970’s superhero costume design. Everyone loved those, and apparently weird shoulder pads. She doesn’t have those, but I did have her wear the Drax style t-shirt, since this is clearly a Space Thing.

This was a fun thing to draw, but tough to scrape under the wire. It references a whole lot of comics that I sincerely love, while at the same time giving me a forum to discuss the overexposure of the Thanos character. All in all, a “win column” post as the year winds down.

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2 thoughts on “The Infinity Solution!

  1. And the worst part is none of the current Marvel authors, except maybe Al Ewing, writes Thanos like Jim Starlin. Aaron’s and Bendis’ interpretations of Thanos were especially cringeworthy.

    • I have to agree. At this point, the character of Thanos is really over exposed, and a whole lot less of an “event” when he appears. The characterization is pretty inconsistent overall, and the “Thanos Rising” mini series, although beautifully illustrated, seemed to undermine the ideas of his origins more than anything else.

      Thanks for the comment!

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