Thanos

Marvel has been very good about keeping all things Infinity War a secret. Heck, it was only 11 days before the premiere that we learned Carrie Coon is playing one of Thanos’s henchmen. So, it’s a little surprising to see the synopsis for an upcoming tie-in book that will reveal the history of the Mad Titan might’ve just spoiled the ending for the upcoming film.

Thanos—Titan Consumed, by author Barry Lyga, will explore Thanos’s origin story when it hits shelves on November 20, suggesting that we won’t spend too much time on his origin in the upcoming Infinity War. However, the official synopsis, as seen in part of an interview with Lyga over at io9, might have revealed more than it should have given that the movie hasn’t quite come out yet.

Here’s the synopsis. It’s a bit of a doozy, but we’ll highlight the especially important part.

Space. Reality. Mind. Power. Time. Soul.

Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots…

Infinity Stones.

Only beings of immense power can hope to wield these stones, but for those who are worthy, the powers of a god await.

Thanos is one such being. But he wasn’t always.

Born on a doomed world and cast out by his people for his genius, physical deviancy, and pragmatic but monstrous ideas, Thanos is determined to save the galaxy from the same fate as his homeworld… no matter how many billions have to die.

Learn the origins of the most formidable foe the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther have ever faced—a foe whom even a group of remarkable people, pulled together to fight the battles nobody else could, will fail to stop….

Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.

Thanos is here.

Did you catch that? The third-to-last paragraph says the Avengers “will fail to stop” Thanos on his mission to wipe out half of the universe. That’s a big deal, especially since Marvel isn’t releasing the official title of Avengers 4 yet because it would be a spoiler for Infinity War. If Thanos wins, casting the MCU into total disarray, we might be in store for an adaptation of Secret Wars, which reshaped the Marvel Comics Universe. Something drastic is going to happen at the end of Infinity War (a hero or two is almost certainly going to die), but the Thanos book’s synopsis suggests all-out failure, which might be worse than fans suspected.

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He's winning.

Of course, though, this isn’t the end of the MCU. There’s an Avengers 4 coming, after all, and the next movie after Infinity War is Ant-Man and the Wasp. Unless that film isn’t actually the next entry in the series’ chronological order, everything appears to be more or less okay in San Francisco, the city Ant-Man calls home. If the Avengers failed to stop Thanos, it seems like they at least stopped him from demolishing the Bay Area.

Maybe “failure” then is meant to be more symbolic. At the end of Infinity War, the Avengers might barely be able to prevent the worst of Thanos’s wrath, but the threat he poses remains stronger than ever. Also, uh, Captain America’s probably going to die.

Luckily, we’ll know how Infinity War actually ends really soon, and there will be no need to read a book synopsis like it’s tea leaves.

Avengers: Infinity War opens on April 27. Thanos — Titan Consumed comes out on November 20.

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