We already mentioned that Thanos doesn’t really want to rule the universe. So is there a reason behind all the death he causes? Yes, and the reason is Death herself. Just like Wade Wilson, Thanos met Death and fell instantly in love with her. When Death claimed that the universe was overpopulated, Thanos acquired the Infinity Gauntlet and killed half of its population. Talk about a desperate bid for affection. Unfortunately, Death has never felt the same about Thanos, and constantly spurns his advances, preferring the likes of the Silver Surfer and of course, the charming Deadpool.
Despite having two Eternals as parents, Thanos was born as a Deviant, which caused his mother to try and kill him immediately after he was born. Thanos survived, but that wouldn’t be the last attempt on his life. Thanos’ father Mentor, and grandfather, Kronos, created a being with the sole purpose of murdering Thanos, who would become known as Drax the Destroyer. Clearly attempting to kill your children just runs in the family.
Considering all the horrible things Thanos has done, it’s hard to believe that his brother is actually worse. Eros of Titan, aka Starfox, was actually a member of the Avengers at one point, but he is perhaps best known for being charged with sexual assault. His main power is a pheromone that causes people to become instantly attracted to him, and he has used this on many, many occasions to seduce women. She-Hulk was tasked with defending Starfox during the trial, but the tables quickly turned when she realized that he had used his powers on her to seduce her years back. As a result, She-Hulk gave Starfox a horrific, and much-deserved, beating.
So how did Thanos get so powerful? Sure, he uses items like the Cosmic Cube and Infinity Gauntlet to assist him, but even without these weapons he still possesses a significant amount of power. This is because he was born with a genetic condition called “Deviant Syndrome”. The child of two Eternals, Thanos was already superhumanly strong, but this condition further increased his strength and powers. It is also responsible for his appearance, as each member of the Deviant race possessed some type of cosmetic or physical mutation.
Whether you want to rule the universe or not, you can’t be in a position to do so unless you have a whole ton of powers, and Thanos certainly does. His superhuman strength is greater than even Thor and the Hulk, but that doesn’t make him slow. In fact, quite the opposite – he was once able to use his reflexes to defeat the Silver Surfer, who can move faster than the speed of light. Among his other talents include energy manipulation, teleportation, and telepathy.
If Thanos is indeed all-powerful, why does he always seem to lose? We’ll perhaps it’s because, subconsciously, that’s what he wants. Despite gaining complete omnipotence at least three times, he is consistently defeated, because he feels that he is unworthy of the title as supreme ruler of the universe. He’s even attempted to quit the whole “rule the galaxy” goal a few times, once even becoming a farmer, although he is always drawn back to his main goal. Despite this, he will never truly rule the universe, because at the end of the day he doesn’t actually want to.
It’s always nice when a mass murderer can stop and take time to celebrate the holiday season. Given how poorly Thanos treats his children, and really, the rest of the universe, it is certainly stunning that Thanos actually celebrates Christmas. Before Gamora tried to kill him, the pair actually had a fairly loving relationship, as evident by Thanos giving her presents and even a Christmas tree when she was five years old. Wait, how did he get a Christmas tree in space?! Aren’t they aliens?
We already touched on Thanos’ strained relationships with his children. So what do you do when your offspring aren’t worthy? You create clones of yourself of course. Thanos has dozens of clones that look exactly him, known as “Thanosi”. He typically sends them to fight his enemies before he faces them himself, which has sometimes been used as a crutch for writers when fans complain that Thanos was defeated too easily. He has also created clones by mixing his own DNA with the DNA of some powerful characters, including Charles Xavier and even Galactus.
Thanos is the ultimate baddie of the Marvel Universe, so it may surprise you to know that he was once arrested by regular cops. Of course, the boys in blue had a little help from Hellcat and Spider-Man, who were attempting to prevent Thanos from stealing the Cosmic Cube. Hellcat was able to kick the cube from Thanos’ hands before police arrived on scene and put the purple alien in handcuffs. This bizarre comic also featured Thanos flying a helicopter and a young boy using the cube to conjure up an ice cream. Ah the 70s.
When kids misbehave, it’s up to parents to discipline them. Or, in the case of Thanos, kill them. Perhaps the main problem is Thanos has trouble keeping it in his pants. He’s had numerous illegitimate children across the universe, and has ended up killing every single one of them. Of course, simply killing them wouldn’t be enough – he typically destroys the entire planet they live on. He even went after his adopted daughter Gamora after she turned on him and aligned with the Avengers.