Warning: This article has spoilers for Thanos #14 created by Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Antonia Fabela and Clayton Cowles, out on stands now.
In the entire infinite universe, there is one name which frightens the heroes and villains of MCU: Thanos. Courtesy the MCU; the Mad Titan has become the talk of the town in our world too. The purple monster has been lurking in the shadows and is all set to hog the limelight in Avengers: Infinity War.
Thanos is huge in comic books. After he nearly died and fought with his extended family during the initial issues of his individual series, Thanos is now back to full power and his winning ways. There is no other power that can stop Thanos apart from another version of Thanos from distant future.
However, why did King Thanos of the future asked a space-traversing Ghost Rider to bring his younger version? Why is that related to the real birth name of Thanos?
The Story of Life And Times Of The Mad Titan
The comic book’s creators Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Antonio Fabela and Clayton Cowles have committed a major chunk of Thanos #14 to his origin story and the incident of his birth on Titan, the various battles he fought with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Infinity Crusades, Annihilation Wars and other things. The most fascinating images are related to the glimpses of future when Thanos destroys Namor and Atlantis; X-Men and Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters; the Sentinel of Liberty Captain America; King Thor; the Guardians of the Galaxy; the Shi’ar Royal Guard; and the Maestro Hulk.
We have seen Thanos win earlier. He destroyed most of the Marvel Universe heroes in The Infinity Gauntlet), however, here he is shown as a solitary destruction machine. Remarkably he has done it all without using any of the Infinity Stones.
He built a temple comprising the bones of slaughtered Celestials, and Thanos is now ready to spend the rest of his life in peace. However, is it better to have two Thanos or Thanii compared to one, especially when the younger version is a bit bubbly?
Who are you, Boy?
It is not much surprising, but, Thanos is not happy being insulted by getting chained and hauled across the timestream. However, it truly surprised the Mad Titan when he heard the old guy Thanos say “Please.” As we all know, Thanos is never the one seeking help.
King Thanos has faced ample questions and suspicious of his younger version. To convince the young Thanos, the older Thanos offered a one-two combination of the entire cosmic power, and the name which his mother Sui-San had chosen for him before going insane: Dione.
In another version, where Thanos would not have been born as a mutant deviant, he could have existed on Titan as Dione. This might even be a name of one of your family members or friends. It makes us wonder how things would have been and whether the name has any other importance than being the tool that proves that King Thanos is really who he said he is.
Now that he has revealed the real name, King Thanos explained why he needed young Thanos’ help. It turns out that he has lost Death, the only being in the entire galaxy for whom both of them had some emotions. Lady Death had been tricky right from the time Thanos series debuted. First she made Thanos ill, and then corrupted his son, Thane, to try and tempt Thanos back into her fold. However, Thanos is too smart, and he rejected Death.
So what changed that King Thanos felt the need for his one and only true love? Was Thanos feeling lonely? The modern Thanos has recently joined hands with Hela in Unworthy Thor, which has not been further explored yet. It won’t suit anyone to see Hela and Death sweat it out over Thanos. Either way, we need to wait and watch if Thanos #15 reveals the true reason for this sinister meeting of the Diones.