As a new Masters of Evil rises to threaten the Avengers, a supervillain already plaguing the heroes is a half-liter Thanos that is no less deadly.
WARNING: The following are spoilers for Avengers # 50 currently on sale from Marvel Comics.
Thanos is one of the greatest threats the Avengers have ever known, often obsessed with killing countless innocents either in the service of the living personification of Death or in a twisted attempt to “save the universe” on his own terms. Thanos has been prophesied repeatedly to once again become the greatest enemy that the heroes of the Marvel universe will face in the near future.
In his latest attempt to destroy the Avengers, who have thwarted him at every turn, Doctor Doom builds a new incarnation of the Masters of Evil. This time, Doom has brought together supervillains from divergent timelines and alternate universes. Among the villains Doom has collected is Kid Thanos, a version of Mad Titan when he was still only a boy, but who has nonetheless proved to be one of Doom’s most indispensable team members.
The latest iteration of the mad titan that threatens the earth’s most powerful heroes is considerably smaller and younger, but no less deadly. Kid Thanos may be intensely annoying and understandably more childish than the Avengers are used to, but the children’s version of this supervillain has already begun to assemble a horrible number of bodies, as seen in Avengers # 50 by Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garron, Rafael Fonteriz, Alex Sinclair, David Curiel, Matt Hollingsworth, Rachelle Rosenberg and VC’s Cory Petit.
Before putting on the reins Avengers, Jason Aaron had introduced a prehistoric team known as the Avengers 1,000,000 BC. The adventures of these prehistoric Avengers would affect the relatively current Marvel universe on several occasions. A version of the Neolithic superhero team on Earth-818 would be the first targets of Doom’s new Masters of Evil, led by Kid Thanos. Many of the Avengers 1,000,000 BC. became victims of the Masters of Evil, with Kid Thanos waving a massive jet gun to blow away the Stone Age superheroes. The pint-sized Mad Titan was personally responsible for killing Earth-818’s Odin.
However, Kid Thanos’ appearance alongside Masters of Evil is not the first time a young version of Mad Titan has been unveiled, nor is it the first time Aaron has used the character.
In the comic book miniseries from 2013 Thanos Rising, Aaron teamed up with artist Simone Bianchi to trace the origins of the cosmic supervillain from his birth to his final quest to mediate Death. In the miniseries, a young Thanos saw all his children murdered throughout the Marvel universe. Even as a child, Thano exhibited murderous tendencies, killing small animals before passing on to other children. His own mother saw him for exactly the kind of evil he represented, where Thanos only grew into a more sinister monster when he reached young adulthood.
The repetition of Kid Thanos about the Masters of Evil revels more thoroughly in the possibilities of his budding villain than he did in Thanos Rising, with junior Mad Titan honking in an annoying chipper way as he blew the heroes from alternative universes away. As part of Doom’s multiverse ensemble, this Thanos gets an early taste of how evil he will one day become, setting a precedent for his fame as an adult.
With the Avengers 1,000,000 BC. of Earth-818 completely decimated, Kid Thanos has turned his gaze to main Marvel Universe’s current Avengers, ready to join the Masters of Evil to conquer the Marvel Universe.
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