Friday, May 27, 2011

"Avengers" Assemble Against 'Thanos'

According to reports the 'cosmic' super-powered villain 'Thanos' will be the main heavy in Marvel Studios, currently shooting, live-action comic book adaptation "The Avengers", based on the Marvel Comics series.

"The Avengers" will be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, as part of the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' which crosses over several Marvel superhero films including "Iron Man" (2008), "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), "Iron Man 2" (2010), "Thor" (2011) and "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011).

The feature is written/directed by Joss Whedon (creator of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"), starring actors Robert Downey, Jr., as 'Iron Man', Mark Ruffalo as 'Hulk', Chris Hemsworth as 'Thor' and Chris Evans as 'Captain America'.

Thanos first appeared in Marvel Comics' "Iron Man" #55 (Feb. 1973), created by writer-artist Jim Starlin. The character has since appeared in over 30 years of Marvel Comics continuity as well as in a dedicated, self-titled series.

Thanos was born on Titan, a moon of the planet Saturn, to 'Mentor' and 'Sui-San'. Due to a genetic quirk, Thanos is born with the 'Deviant' gene and as such resembles the 'Deviants' — the cousin race of the 'Eternals' — more than his own people.

Maturing to adulthood, and via the use of bionics and mysticism, Thanos augments his abilities to become the most powerful of the Titanian-born Eternals, and is often referred to as the 'Mad Titan'.

Bitter at being an outsider, Thanos becomes fascinated with nihilism and begins a nuclear bombardment of Titan that kills millions, before traveling to Earth.

Through a combination of his mutant Eternal heritage, bionic amplification and mysticism, Thanos is capable of superhuman strength, stamina and durability, also able to absorb and project vast quantities of cosmic energy, enough to obliterate planets.

Thanos is also virtually ageless and immortal, with no need for food, drink, or oxygen and capable of telekinesis, telepathy and matter manipulation.

"The Avengers" is scheduled to be released May 4, 2012, in 3D.

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