Big wedding days of superheroes are always marked with some form of danger or threat entwining on the date. Whether it is a world-ending monster or a universal calamity knocking at your doorsteps, a superhero wedding is incomplete if it does not have at least one or the other before exchanging wedding vows. In the recent Thor issues, a similar phenomenon was observed. Wedding bells are ringing all over the nine realms. And Thanos just decided to invite himself to the guest list. Presenting – Marvel Comics Update – Thanos crashes Thor’s big Asgardian wedding day!!
SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains Major Spoilers for Thanos Legacy #1. If you are planning to read it and still haven’t, we suggest you look away!
Thanos is doing the rounds in both circles of the Marvel fan base – the casual moviegoers and the hardcore comic book readers. Thanos just ended half of all life in the universe in the Marvel Cinematic world with a snap, killing off half of the Avengers and severely thinning their ranks.
In the Marvel Comics Universe as well, Thanos is getting used to the spotlight. He was the primary antagonist in the Thanos Wins storyline where Thanos kills all the heroes and eventually wins the whole of creation to himself in an alternate reality storyline. In another issue called Infinity Wars, Thanos surprisingly is the first casualty of the miniseries; his life is taken by none other than Requiem aka an insane Gamora under a mask.
The Mad Titan has always had a fascinating aura to himself. His attraction to Lady Death, the physical embodiment of death in the Marvel universe has been the talk of the town since day one. He is so madly in love with her that he is willing to kill half of the universe and commit universal genocide just to win her heart and attention.
Marvel Comics tried to taint that love of Thanos with the addition of a new love interest on his part. That element was left behind, thought to be just a figment of someone’s adventurous imagination and was not paid enough heed. Turns out it actually was!!
As you can see, Thanos and Hela, the Norse God of Death who was played by Cate Blanchet in Thor: Ragnarok last year, used to be a serious thing. Then that storyline was snubbed away. In Thor #4, we see Loki and Thor along with Hela travel to Hel, the Asgardian afterlife. They intend to marry off Hela to their older brother Baldur, the current ruler of Hel. They think that this union will give Thor and the allies, who are fighting a losing war against Sindr (Surtur’s daughter) and Malekith, whose forces are now on the verge of winning the nine realms of Asgard, a competitive advantage and a boost to their strength.
But there is just one problem – Thanos. While in his own personal mission to stop Mephisto from ever giving Frank Castle the power of the Ghost Rider and thus stop himself from becoming King Thanos, Mephisto faces a slip of tongue and Thanos hears about Hela and Baldur’s wedding. And he decides to become the wedding crasher of the Gods.
This scene is a good example of how Marvel is trying to use continuity in different issues to their advantage. Thanos was part of a different story arc when he decides to jump ship to another storyline as the situation demands. Let’s hope Thanos joining in the Alliance of Gods will bear some interesting twists and turns.
Thanos last appeared in Avengers: Infinity War. The official synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things