Could Marvel’s The Eternals resurrect one of the most hated villains of all time? Just when you thought Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and the rest of the Avengers had put the final nail in Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) coffin, the supervillain’s death in Avengers: Endgame may not have been the end of his story. Thanos is the biggest villain the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced so far, and sources now claim that Marvel wants to bring him back. Here’s how Thanos might return to the MCU by 2020.
Thanos has connections to ‘The Eternals’
Thanos’ journey seemingly concluded when Iron Man snapped him out of existence in the final scenes of Avengers: Endgame. Although fans watched Thanos turn to dust, he may return in a cameo in Marvel’s upcoming film, The Eternals.
The movie follows a group of extraterrestrials who have been on Earth for thousands of years called the Eternals. What’s interesting is that Thanos is actually closely related to the group.
In the comics, Thanos’ parents were Eternals named Sui-San and A’lars, though he was born with a slight deviation. Thanos carries what is called a Deviant gene, which explains his physical appearance.
The Deviants are the main enemy of the Eternals and will play a part in the new movie. With Thanos having a clear link with both groups, it is possible that Marvel features a young version of Thanos in the film – though nothing official has been confirmed.
Who are The Eternals?
The Eternals were first introduced in 1976 by Jack Kirby. Per the origin story, the Eternals were created by a group of beings known as the Celestials.
As fans will recall, the first Guardians of the Galaxy film referenced the Celestials, who also happened to be the creators of the Deviants.
In the upcoming movie, The Eternals, the groups of superheroes will be fighting the Deviants, though we still don’t know too much about the film’s plot. Fans will have to wait and see if Thanos makes an appearance, but he’ll probably be referenced at the very least.
The Eternals is due out on November 6 and stars the likes of Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harrington. The film is also director Chloe Zhao’s first project in the MCU.
Will Marvel resurrect Thanos?
Beyond The Eternals, there has been a lot of talk about Marvel actually resurrecting Thanos for the current timeline of the MCU. According to We Got This Covered, a source claims that Marvel is throwing around the idea of bringing Thanos back, though nothing has been set in stone just yet.
If the studio decides to bring Thanos back from the dead, there is no telling how they are going to accomplish it. They could do something with the multiverse, which could place a potential cameo in the 2021 film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
That said, Marvel would need a very good reason for bringing Thanos back. They would also need to adjust his storyline a bit to avoid repeating what happened in Endgame.
Fans also might not like the idea of resurrecting Thanos, as that would make Tony’s sacrifice in Endgame seem pointless. Unfortunately, nothing official has been announced so we’ll have to wait and see how this one develops.
Marvel misses this big Thanos mistake
In the meantime, one of the visual effects artists for Endgame named Matt Aiken recently admitted that they missed an error related to Thanos’ appearance in the film.
Thanos did not appear nearly as much in Avengers: Endgame as he did in Infinity War. Most of his scenes were towards the end of the film in the climactic battle with the Avengers.
The error in question happens when Thanos tries to use Tony’s Infinity Gauntlet for another snap. If you look at the gauntlet, there is a slight clipping issue, which is something the visual effects team completely missed.
While the error is hard to miss once you see it, the team did an amazing job bringing Thanos to life throughout the entire film.
The next movie in the Marvel lineup is Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, which is due out in theaters on May 1. The Eternals is set to hit theaters on November 6, 2020.