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Quote1.png Your fate will lay heavily on my heart, though by all rights it shouldn't. I did not force you to fight me. I gave you the chance to surrender the Gem. You forced me into doing what I did. I had to be faithful to my nature. For, after all, I am Thanos. Quote2.png
--Thanos


Appearing in "Part 1: Schemes and Dreams"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thanos Quest #1.

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  • Servants of Death (Deceased)
  • Death

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Synopsis for "Part 1: Schemes and Dreams"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thanos Quest #1.

Thanos peers into the Infinity Well. Challenged by one of Death's minions, Thanos says he needs its insights if he is to perform the task set him by Death: killing half of the universe’s population. He tells Death he needs the six Soul Gems to complete this task. She allows him to do so, especially upon learning that her foe, the In-Betweener, possesses one of them.

Journeying to the Nexus of reality where the In-Betweener is held prisoner by Chaos and Order, Thanos helps free him, under the pretense of needing his help to rebel against Death. He neglects to tell him he will be powerless once freed. Thanos takes his gem and departs. Death challenges him over his purported rebellion but Thanos insists it was only a ploy. He warns himself to be cautious lest he reveals his true plan too early.

Thanos next confronts the Champion and engages him in battle. To defeat him, Thanos enrages him to the point where he literally destroys the planet they are standing on, leaving him stranded in space. In desperation, Champion agrees to give Thanos his gem if he will transport him to another planet. Thanos agrees though he lets him plummet through its atmosphere instead of transporting him to its surface.

Next he visits the Gardener who possesses the Time Gem. They chat peaceably preparing for an inevitable conflict, and Thanos defeats him by using the Power gem to amplify the Gardener’s own Time gem to levels beyond his own control, aging him rapidly to death and then taking his gem. He says he regrets destroying the Gardener’s greatest creation but he must be true to his own nature, for he is, after all, Thanos.

Appearing in "Part 2: Games and Prizes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thanos Quest #2.

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  • Robotic Thanos (Only appearance)

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Synopsis for "Part 2: Games and Prizes"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Thanos Quest #2.

Thanos contacts the Collector, saying he will soon come into contact with something so rare that the Collector will be glad to trade his own Infinity Gem for it. When Thanos receives no follow-up response, he knows the Collector is unaware of the gem’s true potential.

Thanos uses his technology to locate the Runner, an Elder who possesses the Space Gem. The Runner surprises Thanos, however, by easily destroying his craft. He demands to know why Thanos seeks the Infinity Gems, and Thanos narrates what he knows of their origin—they were once part of an omniscient being who existed before all time and space. This being, however, was lonely, and ended its own existence. Its limitless power was reincarnated in the six Infinity Gems. He claims to want to sit at Death’s side as her equal.

As he speaks he uses the Time gem to age the unsuspecting Runner into dotage, rendering him defenseless. Thanos takes his gem, and then de-ages him into a baby, which he offers to the Collector in exchange for his own gem, which the Collector believes is actually powerless. Thanos knows differently, though, and demonstrates the Reality Gem’s potential to the awestruck Collector. Before he leaves he reverts the Runner back to adulthood, denying the Collector his prize.

Knowing Thanos will come for him next, the Grandmaster awaits him with a contest. The winner will receive all the gems. They battle in a virtual reality landscape. When Thanos seems to have a kill shot, the Grandmaster reveals he has cheated: Thanos’s battle armor was programmed to kill him by encasing him in a silicon fungus. The Grandmaster gloats, until he realizes that the Thanos he’s been battling was a robot duplicate the whole time. The real Thanos destroys the computer generating the battlefield, thus trapping the Grandmaster inside, and takes the final gem.

Thanos assesses each gem and its power, gloating that he is now for all practical purposes, omnipotent. He transports himself to the side of Death, announcing his newfound power but still claiming to want only to be her equal. Thanos grows irate when Death still refuses to speak to him, as she now must regard Thanos as her superior, not her equal. Furious, Thanos destroys her messenger and stalks away, shedding a tear for his hollow victory.

Solicit Synopsis

Thanos undertakes his most epic quest as we celebrate the legacy of the House of Ideas with MARVEL TALES! This anthology series shines a spotlight on fan-favorite characters, features timeless stories, and highlights some of Marvel’s most impressive talent from the past eight decades. In THANOS QUEST (1990) #1-2, a star-spanning tale from the stellar team of Jim Starlin and Ron Lim, the Mad Titan returns — scouring the cosmos and battling the Elders of the Universe for the six all-powerful Infinity Gems! See how Thanos gains mastery of Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space, and Time…setting the stage for the tyrant to devastate the Marvel Universe with the Infinity Gauntlet! If you’re a fan of cosmic action, then this evergreen classic is a must-have!

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