The superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are headed to war with the biggest belligerent in the known galaxy. Thanos, the cosmic supervillain played by Josh Brolin, is trying to collect the powerful Infinity Stones for reasons still not entirely clear. But Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige recently revealed that Thanos’s need for the Infinity Stones will be pretty much based on The Infinity Gauntlet, a storyline from 1992 that fans have accurately guessed will be the basis for Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released next year.
“[Thanos’s reasons] will be similar to what they were in The Infinity Gauntlet in various ways,” Feige told Collider in an interview ahead of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiere. “I guess that’s all I can say about that.”
For those not up to speed, the entire MCU so far has, in one way or another, focused on the Infinity Stones, relics which command great power too much for one being to wield alone. They’ve appeared as such items like the Tesseract (The Avengers), the Aether (Thor: The Dark World), and inside the Eye of Agomotto (Doctor Strange). Thanos, who appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy, is after the Stones which he’ll be able to wield in his powerful Infinity Gauntlet.
Fans have speculated that Thanos’s tireless search for the Infinity Stones is to woo the personification of Death, which he did in the 1992 Marvel event storyline The Infinity Gauntlet, written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by George Pérez and Ron Lim. Being infatuated with Death, Thanos searches for the ultimate power in the universe to impress her. Spoilers for a 25-year-old comic: When Thanos collected all the Stones (called “Infinity Gems”), Death refused to meet with him because he had surpassed her in power. Sorry, bro.
Not for nothing, but know who else has been in love with Death? Deadpool.
While the outcome of Avengers: Infinity War, which is currently filming now, may wind up totally different than it did in The Infinity Gauntlet, it looks like some things will still be the same.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018.