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Real Name Dione
Alias(es) Dark Lord[1]
Mad Titan[1]
Great Titan[2]
The Most Powerful Being in the Universe[1]
Almighty Thanos[2]
Son of A'Lars[2]
Genocidal Maniac[1]
Perpendicular Grape in Need of Chapstick and a Heart[2]
Big Guy[2]
Son of a Bitch[4]
Gender Male
Movie The Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (mentioned)
Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Endgame
TV series Avengers Assemble
Portrayed by Damion Poitier
Status Deceased
"You will have your war, Asgardian. If you fail, if the Tesseract is kept from us, there will be no realm, no barren moon, no crevice where he can't find you. You think you know pain? He will make you long for something as sweet as pain."
The Other describing Thanos' wrath[src]

Thanos is a powerful alien warlord who rules over a dead dimension and commands a massive army known as the Chitauri. He allied himself with Loki to invade Earth.


Helping Loki[]

"You question us? You question HIM? He, who put the scepter in your hand, who gave you ancient knowledge and new purpose when you were cast out, defeated?"
The Other to Loki[src]

Thanos' past is unknown at this point and how he came to power. It is known that he allied himself with the exiled Loki, providing him with the deadly army of the Chitauri, who would help him conquer Earth in exchange for the Tesseract, a powerful energy source.

Once Loki had arrived on Earth, Thanos is contacted by him and The Other threatens the Asgardian god of mischief, saying that if he fails in defeating the humans, Thanos will make him know a new kind of suffering.

After Loki was defeated, the Other reports to his master that the Earth's inhabitants are not as weak as they were thought to be. He also declares that challenging the Earth's heroes would be to court Death. To this, Thanos simply smiles.[5]

Seeking the Orb[]

Knowing of where the Power Stone was, Thanos attempted to use Ronan the Accuser in an alliance. Ronan would retrieve the orb the stone was in exchange for the destruction of his enemies' home world. However, Ronan learns of the stone taking for himself. At the same time, Thanos' adopted daughters betray him for one reason or another. One allied with Ronan and the other with Star Lord and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Patience Can Only Take You so Far...[]

With the Space Stone in Asgard, the Reality Stone with the Collector, the Power Stone in the possession of the Nova Corp, the Mind Stone a part of the Vision, and the Soul and Time stones left to find, Thanos had decided that he must enter the fray himself since none of his pawns were able to bring back any stones for him and that the only he had was part of the scepter he gave Loki, which is now part of the Vision.

Powers and Abilities[]

Thanos' powers are yet unknown at this point. However, it is conceivable that he is extremely powerful, able to strike fear into an Asgardian like Loki and command the Chitauri army unchallenged.


  • Loki Laufeyson - Ally
  • The Other - Subordinate
  • Chitauri - Subordinates
  • Leviathans - Subordinates
  • The Avengers - Enemies

Behind the Scenes[]

  • Thanos' presence in the movie was kept top secret until the release of The Avengers.
  • Damion Poitier was credited as "Man 1" despite actually playing Thanos.
  • Kevin Feige has said that Thanos will likely be played by a different actor in future films.


  • In the comics, Thanos has no relationships with Loki Laufeyson nor the Chitauri, but he's nevertheless one of the Avengers' most historical foes.
  • In the comics, Thanos is the master of the Infinity Gauntlet, which he used in the eponymous series in an attempt to court Death.



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  5. The Avengers

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