Do you know what Marvel needs to make? A THANOS movie. One that tells his back story and introduces us to that period of time when he met Loki and learnt of the Infinity Gauntlet. (*cough* kinda ignored comic canon there *cough*)
No. I’m not kidding. And yes, this is relevant to Loki (to some degree, more or less) so keep reading already…
As we all well know by now, Thanos first popped up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the end credits of The Avengers. To non-comic fans, he was just some shady guy who gave a vague sense of foreboding. To those in the know; he was the shape of things to come. But thanks to the implications of his puppet-mastery in The Avengers, we all had a pretty fair idea that he’d be back – for the Tesseract, and probably to lay the smack down on Loki for failing to deliver it.
After that end-credit cameo in The Avengers, nothing further was said of Thanos within the MCU, until he finally reappeared in the recently-released Guardians of the Galaxy. Again seen as a puppet-master pulling strings, but this time with more of a presence than the Cheshire-grinning glimpse we saw of him previously.
In Marvel’s 616 comic-verse, Thanos has made villainous appearances since the early 70’s, becoming one of Marvel’s most powerful bad guys in his quest to gain the Infinity Gems (as they are known in the comics) and win the love of Death by annihilating every other living being in the universe. In 2013 Marvel released a five-issue comic series, Thanos Rising, that aimed to build a definitive origin story for the Mad Titan as part of their Marvel NOW reboot (or not reboot. Whatever.).
So why should Marvel make a Thanos movie and what does this have to do with Loki?
If there’s one thing Loki has taught us about villains, it’s that we have a far richer investment in them and the role they play, if we’re given a decent insight into their history and driving force. We can better invest in the Marvel-verse as a whole, if we understand the complexity and motives of all it’s characters. Villains and heroes alike.
Marvel achieved this with their development of Loki (thanks largely to dedication of Tom Hiddleston, it must be said), but dropped the ball with Malekith in Thor: The Dark World. Despite Alan Taylor’s promise to deliver Malekith as a three-dimensional villain, much of his story was left on Thor 2‘s cutting room floor. And it showed. Malekith ended up being a pretty flat villain, cinema-goers wondered what his whole point of existence really was, and comic fans were angry that his history and that of his realm and people was completely rewritten – and for what? As a whole, Thor 2 suffered for the lack of development to Malekith’s character. (Thor 2 suffered for many things, but let’s not go there right now…)
Thanos’ role within the MCU is still vague to general Joe Bloggs movie-goers who don’t dwell for long – if at all – upon the enormous universe Marvel has created – both cinematically and in print. Perhaps Marvel prefer to keep Thanos’ rather titanous purple self kinda mysterious for now, but I hope it doesn’t come to the detriment of his character. The fact of the matter is that Thanos has an incredibly interesting – and twisted! – back story. So much so that he could easily carry his own origin movie, and really nothing short of that would do justice to his character.
if they added Loki into the mix, by including that period of time when Thanos came to find the Trickster wandering through the jungles of the universe…. Well, that would kill two birds with one stone, wouldn’t it? It would show us something of what happened to Loki between Thor and The Avengers, while building depth to the character and motivations of Thanos.
Okay I hear some of you yelling at me in protest of Thanos’ knowledge of the Infinity Gauntlet. “but Loki didn’t tell him of it! That’s not how it went down in The Canon!”
Well pfft. This is the MCU’s continuity (Earth-199999) I’m talking about here. And surely we’re all aware by now that Marvel adapts the source material to suit its movie canon, as it sees fit?
Now we know that in the MCU, Loki ran into Thanos (or one of his cohorts) at some point after dropping from the Bifrost. This meeting seemed to be a win for both of them, as Thanos used Loki to go after the Tesseract and Loki used Thanos as his ticket out of a universe in which he was trapped.
In MCU continuity, it could have been Loki who told first told Thanos of the Infinity Stones in order to win himself an escape portal. Whether or not he gave Thanos the full story by telling him also of the Infinity Gauntlet’s location (Odin’s vault) is yet to be seen. And I’m hoping this is something we’ll find out about in Thor 3 (sod Ragnarok – I want to see Thanos coming after Loki to reclaim the Tesseract, and Thor having to come to his aide to help mop up his mess – again.)
Anyway my point is… *tries desperately to remember point* … with a Thanos origin story that includes this chapter of his life in its timeline, we can lay to rest the ghost of what happened to Loki after he dropped from the Bifrost, and Marvel can make even more megabucks to feed back into the top secret genetic-engineering facility from which they harvest their actors! ‘Tis a plan made entirely of win.*
So. Let’s do it. Let’s storm Marvel Studios and make this happen.
* Side note: I don’t care if they don’t include anything of Loki’s post-bifrost adventures in a Thanos movie, I just want a Thanos movie, damnit. And I needed a good excuse to make this article-thingie somewhat relevant to a Loki fansite. Bahahaha! Personally, I’d prefer Loki’s Sojourns Through A Lost Universe was kept as fodder for a standalone Loki movie – or comic series. But whatever. I’ll take what I can get. Even if it does mean I’m currently looking at getting nothing at all, as that period of Loki’s history is probably all water under the bridge now. *sigh*
PS: If you want to know more of why Thanos needs an origin movie, obtain for yourself the 5-part Thanos Rising series. It is awesome. And horrific. And really quite horribly sad – in it’s dark grisly little way.
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