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You’ve seen Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and you’re ready for more? You’re not alone. Luckily you can dive into the source material to tide you over before meeting up with Thanos again on the big screen next year.

Fascinated with Death, Thanos has always been focused to the point of delusion. See how this recurring desire always seems to comes into play when dealing with the Mad Titan. Here are 7 notable reads that are sure to enhance your Avengers: Infinity War viewing experience.

THANOS QUEST #1-2 (1990)

Jim Starlin and Ron Lim 

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

If you’re going to do a deep dive into the world of Thanos, you might as well start with the man who created him, Jim Starlin. This is Thanos’ origin story, the whys and hows of his Infinity Stone obsession are explained, as is his unending fascination with Death, herself.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Fans will be intrigued by story arcs featuring the Collector and the Grandmaster and get to meet more of the Elders of the Universe along the way.

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET #1-6 (1991)

Jim Starlin and George Perez 

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Thanos just can’t get Death off his mind. The consequences of a love spurned is the decimation of half the population with just the snap of his fingers. The aftermath of his uncontainable rage is an intergalactic battle full of intrigue and betrayal.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Doctor Strange and Nebula are key to this story, as is the alluring Soul Stone.

ANNIHILATION (2006)

Keith Giffen and Andrea Di Vito 

Annihilation (2006) #1

Annihilation (2006) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

ANNIHILATION is an epic crossover that brings together several characters from across the Marvel Cosmic Universe. If you’re looking for a space opera with a blurred line between heroes and villains, this is the adventure for you.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Appearances by the Nova Corps, Ronan the Accuser, Star-Lord, and Drax the Destroyer with a slight change to his appearance from his film version.

THANOS IMPERATIVE (2010)

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Miguel Angel Sepulveda 

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The epic culmination of the ANNIHILATION storyline, this follows the Guardians as they deal with Thanos, who is the avatar of Death, while Lord Mar-Vell is the avatar of Life. You can guess how this is going to go, they aren’t exactly going to share pleasantries over tea.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: This is the first appearance of Lord Mar-Vell—an alternate version of Captain Marvel.

INFINITY #1-6 (2013)

Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver 

Infinity (2013) #1

Infinity (2013) #1

  • Published: August 14, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 10, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

While this storyline doesn’t deal with Infinity Stones, it does highlight Thanos’ madness and what he’s capable of, especially when it comes to avenging the death of his son, Thane.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: The Black Order is a key factor in these stories and played a crucial part in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

THANOS RISING (2013)

Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi 

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

  • Published: April 03, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Cover Artist: Simone Bianchi
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Here’s how it all began—his tragic birth, oddly passive childhood, and a whole lot of gruesome killings, all leading up becoming the insane Dark Lord we know and love today. To say this is an extremely dark book is putting it mildly. You’ve been warned.

THANOS (2016)

Donny Cates and Geoffrey Shaw 

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos wins and he’s still not happy? You don’t say. I guess there’s just no pleasing people…or obsessive dark overlords. Sadness, tragedy, loneliness, internal existential conflict: thy name is Thanos.

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The Inhumans set course for the Kree’s shattered planet for a reunion with Ronan!

Hala has been visited by much tragedy over the years. Most recently, the planet became basically uninhabitable leaving only Ronan the Accuser to keep silent watch over his shattered former sphere of residence.

For many that survived Hala’s recent destruction, one group stands out amongst all others as being key in the world’s destruction: the Inhumans. Ronan certainly would count himself amongst those with that opinion.

So just imagine the awkwardness that will ensue when ROYALS #4 hits this June 21, bringing the Inhuman ruling family back to the desolate globe that formerly served as Kree homeworld. And if that might be galling enough to Ronan all on its own, wouldn’t you just know that they have come to ask for a favor?

We found writer Al Ewing hiding in the game room upstairs looking to avoid the squabbles and asked him for the latest Kree-Inhuman gossip.

Marvel.com: The connection between the Inhumans and the Kree is a long-standing “fact” of the Marvel Universe. However, there hasn’t been much of that story told. What is your take on their historic relationship? How are things between them before this issue?

Al Ewing: Things are not great. A short and simple version of the history is that Black Bolt and company came to the Kree Empire, took it over, and then later went off to pursue their own projects, leaving Ronan and Crystal in charge. Ronan resurrected a version of the Supreme Intelligence, The Supremor, who promptly declared war on the Inhumans and the Earth, whereupon Ronan quit to be with Crystal.

Unfortunately, a peace treaty between the Kree and the Inhumans required Ronan to separate from Crystal and go back into the Supremor’s service. Crystal basically agreed to that, out of a sense of duty to both races and over Ronan’s objections. And after that, Hala was destroyed and Supremor with it. And in the same incident, Ronan got cosmic powers from a magic mirror. And here we are.

So, to answer your question…the relationship isn’t all it could be.

Marvel.com: Regardless of the past, Hala is a very “hot spot” especially between the Kree and the Boltagons specifically. Why return to what is, essentially, the scene of the crime?

Al Ewing: Hala contains some buried knowledge—a piece of history pertaining to the Kree and the Inhumans both, a lost secret of Terrigen. Bringing it to the surface will let the Royals know if it’s possible for them to bring the Inhumans back to their former glory, and whether they can atone for their own crimes in the process.

Meanwhile, for Ronan, Hala is a planet-wide graveyard, a sacred place. He doesn’t like visitors at the best of times and especially not these visitors.

Marvel.com: How are dynamics changed by Maximus being present, not Black Bolt?

Al Ewing: If Black Bolt was there, he’d probably be the target of Ronan’s wrath. He’s responsible. He conquered the Kree, he chose to abandon them, and it was his diktat that tore Ronan and Crystal out of their happy place and [sent] Ronan back to serve a monster.

Maximus doesn’t figure so much on [Ronan’s] radar. He was the weaponsmith, the court jester, and the occasional traitor, but in Ronan’s eyes he’s never been the important one. So Ronan will probably leave him on the back burner and concentrate on other targets. Whether Maximus will feel the same, I don’t know. Ronan did play a big part in his parents getting killed.

Royals #4 cover by Jonboy Meyers

Marvel.com: Ronan’s connection with the Inhumans is especially complex. What is his reaction to seeing them again? How does it make Crystal feel to encounter her partner in a failed arranged union?

Al Ewing: Ronan’s not in a very good mental state when he sees them again. He’s angry, he’s sick with grief, he’s looking for someone to blame. His immediate reaction is to get hold of them for a little chat, as only a cosmic-powered Accuser of the Kree can do.

As for him and Crystal, they’ve got a lot to talk about. From Ronan’s point of view, he blames her, because it was her decision to effectively annul their marriage—a marriage that had gone from mutually-agreed convenience without any intimacy, to a full-on actual true-love connection—and he’s bound that up with a lot of other stuff he’s going through.

Crystal’s in a different place. She’s got responsibilities to the Inhumans, to her child from a previous marriage, to her home planet. There’s been just as much running from one crisis to the next for her as for him, but she’s managed to move on in a way that he hasn’t. What that means when they’re in a room together? I don’t know. I guess we’ll all find out.

Marvel.com: This marks the first full issue with Thony Silas on art. What does he bring to the book?

Al Ewing: Thony’s got a good style for these issues—shadowy, a little sinister in places. Plus he does great things with [previous artist Jonboy Meyers’] character designs for the book. I really enjoyed his work on issue #3, and he came up with a layout suggestion for a particular bit in #4 that I’m kicking myself a little for not thinking of [first]. It’s going to be nice to see out this first arc with him.

Marvel.com: Why is this a cannot miss capture in the evolving relationship of the Inhumans to the larger Marvel U?

Al Ewing: There’s a thing readers should understand with this book: we’re not doing business in the normal way. There will be no tie-ins until we get back to Earth. We’re self-contained, telling our own story, beholden to nobody, and we’re on a trip out to the far reaches of Marvel Space, and we’re going to come back changed, and carrying something very special with us.

And then we’re going to see what the other two books have been doing, and what they’re bringing to the party. And we’ll see what happens when we put it all together and shake it around a little.

Maybe it’ll turn to gold. Maybe it’ll explode. I honestly have no idea, but I do know that it’s not the job of the Inhumans to ever be predictable. So…I guess we’ll all find out together.

Al Ewing and Thony Silas reunite Ronan with ROYALS in issue #4 on June 21!

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The Inhuman ruling class heads for the stars in a new ongoing series!

In April 2017, with help from writer Al Ewing and artist Jonboy Meyers, the Inhuman Royal Family may have cracked the code of the Terrigenesis origins and will voyage deep into the cosmos to find out in the ROYALS ongoing series. Abdicating their Earthly rule, Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Swain, and Flint—along with Marvel Boy—have left the present to the new generation while they secure the future of the Inhumans out in the stars, hopefully leaving their violent and fractured recent history behind.

We hopped a transport trawler to catch up with the cast of ROYALS and spent the trip chatting with writer Al Ewing about these space bound Inhumans and the literal and metaphorical darkness they now travel into.

Marvel.com: As the book begins, the Royals have made the choice to leave the Earth. As they depart, what is their state of mind? Is everyone equally on board with this choice?

Al Ewing: Pretty much. It’s difficult to get into the whys and wherefores without dropping some massive spoilers, but I’ll do my best. Everyone’s on board—literally on board, it’s a spaceship—but there are different stakes, different things pulling and pushing at them. Some characters are going to be leaving loved ones behind on Earth, and some are eager to get moving and not look back, so all seven of them have their own things going on.

Marvel.com: Amongst the Royals, can you speak at all to each’s motivation for leaving the planet to head to the Kree homeworld?

Al Ewing: Well, the reason for the quest is to discover more about the secret origins of Terrigenesis, so that’s the main motivation there. There are reasons beyond that, but those are going to remain hidden for now; you’ll have to read the actual comics to find out more. In terms of why these specific characters are going on the quest—well, for some, it’s a royal duty, for some, it’s to prove something to themselves, some characters are running away from things on Earth, and some characters are just in it for laughs. Who belongs in what category, you’ll have to wait and see.

Marvel.com: Beyond the shattered Kree planet, they’ll also be visiting other strange corners of the Marvel Universe. Can you share or hint at what some of these other locations maybe?

AL Ewing: I’m kind of interested in the idea that we’re usually in the one galaxy in the Marvel Universe, or at least the one clutch of galaxies. I know the Skrulls are from Andromeda, and presumably that’s not the galaxy the Guardians are guarding [but] they’re all about the Milky Way.

But I like the idea of travelling across the huge gulf between the galaxies and finding some of the really far-off places of the Marvel Universe. A journey to the far stars, the far shores. So we can probably expect a long journey through total nothingness at some point, and some meetings with the creatures that live out there—the space equivalent of deep-sea fish. And on the other side of that…who knows?

Marvel.com: What sorts of threats await the Royal Family out in space?

Al Ewing: Ronan the Accuser is back! And he’s still cosmic-powered from the Black Vortex, a kind of magic mirror that granted various characters enhanced cosmic forms.

Ronan’s developed some new and interesting powers in the wake of the upgrade, but he’s really not been doing much with them except guarding the shattered shell that once was [the Kree homeworld] Hala from intruders—that’s his self-imposed penance, preserving the sanctity of this huge planetary graveyard. So when the Royals come to disturb his solitude—including Crystal, his ex, who broke his heart in the name of an Inhuman future that didn’t end up going all that well—he’s going to get annoyed. He’s going to get pretty accusatory, and given his new power levels, that’s a bad thing for the Royals.

Marvel.com: This will be your first time working with artist Jonboy Meyers. Given what you know of his work, how excited are you to be collaborating on this project and what kinds of things about the book will his art style really be able emphasize?

Al Ewing: From what I’ve seen of his work, I think he’ll be a fun guy to take on a space battle—he’s got a vibrant, energetic style that’ll fit in nicely—but I’m also curious as to what he does with the vast alien vistas I’m planning to get into, as well as things like Ronan the Accuser’s new cosmic-enhanced powers.

Royals by Paul McCaffrey

Royals by Paul McCaffrey

Marvel.com: The one wild card in the team is Marvel Boy. How does he fit into the rest of the group? What kind of story elements does it open up for you?

Al Ewing: Ah, Marvel Boy.

That was [editor] Wil Moss’ idea. We were batting back and forth ideas for a non-Inhuman to be on the team, and Wil suggested Marvel Boy, who we haven’t really seen that much of since YOUNG AVENGERS finished. And most of the other Young Avengers from that series have had a turn in the spotlight on other books, but not Marvel Boy, so it’ll be fun to bring him back.

Where he fits in: he’s got that Kree connection to the Inhumans, but he’s not actually a Kree in the normal sense. He’s a Kree from another dimension, and what’s common knowledge on Marvel Boy’s homeworld is a forgotten secret in the prime [Marvel Universe]. And Marvel Boy essentially comes to this realization, that the Inhumans have a problem because they don’t know what he knows, and maybe he should tell them. He’s got his own reasons for helping, as well, though. It’s not total altruism.

Marvel Boy opens up some extra-dimensional elements to things; he’s a citizen of the multiverse, so he’s the doorway to some big, interesting concepts, and he’s also a pretty cool character to throw into the mix. I’m essentially taking [YOUNG AVENGERS writer] Kieron [Gillen’s] version and mixing in a little of the original “Lord of Force and Fire” [Marvel Boy co-creator Grant] Morrison talked about. It should be a fun time.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the prophecy that while seven go into space, only six will survive?

Al Ewing: “Seven went forth, six returned.”

One of the seven who leave Earth is going to die. I figured it’s not a proper myth without some kind of sinister prophecy going on. Plus, we know the stakes are life and death, they are in pretty much any comic you pick up. But there’s a difference between being told that all of these people could die, and that one of these people will die. I’ve a feeling that’ll raise the stakes a lot, especially as every person on the crew is going to hopefully have a bit of a fanbase by the time I actually pull the trigger.

Set out for the stars with ROYALS by Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers, taking off in April 2017!

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The Mad Titan heads to Manhattan in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday at 8:00 AM ET!

The Guardians’ defensive maneuvers have unintended consequences in a clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the clip above and see an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

With Thanos hot on their heels, the Guardians must take evasive measures if they hope to escape his wrath! Ronan helps the heroes deter the foe, but their tactics create a dire situation for Star-Lord’s home planet. See the catastrophic consequences in the clip above!

Tune in to a brand-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on DIsney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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See how the Destroyer plans to pull off the deed in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday morning!

Two destructive forces collide during a brutal bout on “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the clip above and tune in to an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

When Drax comes face to face with Ronan, he has a hard time holding back and unleashes his anger on the Accuser! While the fearsome foes fight, innocent bystanders must avoid getting caught up in the chaos. Check out the carnage in the clip above!

Catch a new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Watch Drax confront the Nova Corps in new animated shorts for 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' premiering September 26!

Drax becomes a gladiator in hopes of earning a chance to get close to Ronan in new animated shorts! Watch the new shorts now and tune in to the series premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 PM ET on Disney XD.

Drax, battling under the name “Destroyer,” makes quick work of every opponent he faces. The Destroyer fights for the chance to become Ronan’s enforcer, which would allow him to get close enough to Ronan to exact his revenge for taking Drax’s family! When a young child asks Drax to spare their father’s life, the warrior attempts to hold back his rage in the next competition. Despite Drax’s restraint, Ronan has surprises in store for both competitors! See what happens by watching the shorts above and below.

Catch a special preview of the first episode of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” on Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more for more shorts each week explaining the origins of your favorite intergalactic misfits.

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See Groot as a mere sapling in 2 new shorts for 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' premiering September 26 on Disney XD!

Groot and his entire race stand up to the evil Ronan the Accuser in new shorts for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the animated shorts now and tune in to the series premiere on Saturday, September 26 at 9:30 PM ET on Disney XD.

Before becoming one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot tried to learn the important lessons instilled upon him from his family. When Ronan the Accuser arrives, set on destruction of the entire planet, Groot shows that the most important thing he learned was bravery! Check out the shorts above and below to see a young Groot in action.

Catch a special preview of the first episode of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” on Saturday, September 5 at 9:00 PM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more for more shorts each week explaining the origins of your favorite intergalactic misfits.

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DeNA's new game continues their Infinity adventure, featuring Ronan and more!

Ronan the Accuser rears his righteous head this week in “Marvel Mighty Heroes” and we’ve got DeNA Executive Producer Justin Lambros to talk about the Kree Accuser and the threat he poses to every player out there.

Marvel.com: This week’s mission is “Reign of Chaos.” I’m almost afraid to ask but what are our heroes dealing with now?

Justin Lambros: As the Builder army is making its way through the universe, they have left a heavily damaged Hala, the Kree homeworld, in their path. This has enraged Ronan the Accuser, who holds Kree culture above all. So, now the heroes have to continue to fight the invading alien army, and they need to look out for Ronan who seeks vengeance for the devastation of Hala. 

Marvel.com: On the run from Ronan, whose sole mission is life is to hunt down those who have sinned against the Kree? Yikes. And I assume he’s the boss for this mission too right?

Justin Lambros: Yes, Ronan is the boss and he’s a mean one. He’s got a nasty attack with his powerful hammer and he’s a Bruiser in our game, which means he can take a lot of damage. You’ll need to collect a good set of Blasters and hope a Bruiser or two can tank him in order to take him out. So, it will take a different team and tactics then what took down Proxima Midnight.

Marvel.com: Aside from duking it out with the Accuser, what other challenges will players be taking on?

Justin Lambros: The players will need to defend the supplies that S.H.I.E.L.D. is sending out across the galaxy to help stave off the devastation of the Builder army as well as go to battle at the gates of Wakanda as the invasion of Earth continues. This multiple front conflict continues for the players throughout the event.

Marvel.com: And if players score high enough who will they recruit into their roster?

Justin Lambros: Get to the top of the leaderboard on the Vibranium tier and you’ll add Ronan the Accuser to your team. Anyone who’s seen the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie will know what a terrifying figure he is, so it will be great to get him on your side. And he’s an interesting player in the Marvel Universe, I’m sure you’ll see much more from him in the future of “Marvel Mighty Heroes.” Additionally, there is an Avenger and a Guardian of the Galaxy who you can win from participating in the event.

Marvel.com: And finally when does this cosmic combat get started and how long will players have to rack up the points?

Justin Lambros: Our new event, Reign of Chaos, kicks off Wednesday, April 22 at 4:30 PM Pacific time. We currently run events for one week, so players will have seven days to rack up points to try and unlock Ronan as well as other unique character and item rewards. Be sure to finish strong in the current event and get a head start on the new one.

See you online in “Marvel Mighty Heroes”!

Play “Reign of Chaos” this week and get set for more events! Stay tuned for more “Marvel Mighty Heroes” new and interviews!

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See which Marvel movies, shows, actors and actresses will compete for a Nickelodeon blimp on March 28!

From the small screen to the big screen, the Kids’ Choice Awards loved all things Marvel! Nickelodeon released the nominees for the 28th Annual Kids Choice awards and Marvel came up big. Check out the list of all the Marvel nominees below and tune in to the ceremony on March 28 on Nickelodeon. Make sure you head to the official voting website to make sure Marvel wins!

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” received the most Marvel nominations, competing for “Favorite Movie,” while its stars Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana compete for “Favorite Male Action Star” and “Favorite Female Action Star.” Lee Pace‘s performance of Ronan in “Guardians of the Galaxy” grabbed him a nomination for “Favorite Villain“! Pratt and Saldana will compete with the stars of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, for Action Star Glory!

The Marvel love spread to television with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” receiving a nomination for “Favorite Family TV Show“! The Kids’ Choice Awards nominated Chloe Bennet for “Favorite TV Actress” thanks to her role of Agent Skye on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Tune in to Nickelodeon for the 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28 to see if Marvel takes home a Nickelodeon blimp and who gets covered in green slime! Help Marvel win by heading to the official voting site and make yours Marvel. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Add Thanos, Yondu, Nebula and more to your Marvel bobble head collection!

Funko is excited to announce a new series from the popular ‘Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy’ Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Heads line. Available in stores this March, this wave will include some of the favorites that you’ve been asking for including Yondu, Ronan, Nebula and The Collector. Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Heads will stand 3.75” tall and come in a window display box.

But wait, also included in the new line will be The Mad Titan himself… Thanos. The Thanos Super-Sized Pop! Vinyl Figure Bobble-Head will tower over the other figures at 6” tall and come in a window display box. And for even more from Funko, visit their website here.

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