Thanos co-creator Jim Starlin believes the character will appear in The Eternals.
Avengers: Endgame was not only the conclusion of over ten years worth of storytelling but also the literal end of Thanos, the big-bad that has plagued the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With him perishing at the hands of Iron Man at the end of the film, fans believed it was truly the end of the Mad Titan’s reign. However, Thanos co-creator Jim Starlin believes the character will surely return to the Marvel Cinematic and that too sooner rather than later in the franchise’s upcoming The Eternals.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, the Thanos scribe was asked how pleased he was with the character’s arc, which seemingly ended in Endgame. Starlin replied with an answer that may just change how the MCU moves going forward.
“Well, I understand that the story’s not completely ended. They’ve already announced that. I think a young Thanos appears in The Eternals. I remember reading that somewhere.”
At this current junction, there’s nothing certain about Thanos appearing in The Eternals. That being said, Starlin’s reasoning for the character reappearing in the MCU so soon is completely valid.
“They made a shit load of money off this guy. So I don’t see them retiring him anytime soon. Comic book characters tend to have an extended lifespan beyond the actors who work on them. I’m half expecting to see much more Thanos down the line.”
Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ The Eternals:
“Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
Directed by Chloé Zhao from a script written by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo, The Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayak as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. Kit Harrington was cast as Dane Whitman.
The Eternals is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on February 12, 2021.