Bring the Mad Titan home in time for the holidays!

This holiday season Thanos, not Santa Claus, will be delivering gifts to all the lucky “Marvel Puzzle Quest” players. And he’s bringing Death with him!

We talked to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about the Mad Titan’s “Puzzle Quest” landfall and everything the team has planned to keep us warm through the holidays.

Marvel.com: It’s been an awesome year for “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” there’s no doubt about that, but how are you ringing in this holiday season?

Josh Austin: This year we are ending with the mighty titan Thanos! We aren’t just bringing him in as a 5-Star character and disappearing for the holidays, we are also releasing a Thanos PVE event called Crash of the Mad Titan, a 3-Star Thanos, and we’re bringing back the popular Naughty or Nice Versus Tournament! Players have been begging for a new villain for a bit and what better way to end the year than making their wishes true with an Infinity Gauntlet bang!

Marvel.com: Thanos is another 3/5-Star split in the style of Doctor Strange. Previously the team had mentioned they were moving away from 3-Stars. What changed?

Josh Austin: We are super excited to be able to do this again, especially considering how popular it was when Doctor Strange was released a few weeks ago. Our overall focus is doing what is best for the entire community and we needed to rethink how new 3-Stars will add or take away from the player experience.

The game continues to evolve and we learn new things from both player feedback and behavior in the game. Once upon a time we wanted to progress with even stronger characters—hence the introduction of 5-Star heroes—but we have come to believe that releasing a couple of new 3-Stars each year will help the balance for players both old and new. But in all seriousness, I earned a 3-Star Doctor Strange and he is now one of my favorite characters to use in events so I am definitely a fan of us reintroducing 3-Stars.

Marvel.com: Thanos, the Mad Titan himself, finally crashes the “Puzzle Quest” party. What can you tell us about the cosmic calamity’s moveset?

Josh Austin: I can tell you Thanos is totally rad! His animations are great, one of his powers even brings out Death. I mean you do not want to mess with this guy. Both the 3-Star and 5-Star abilities go by the same name so I am going to run them by you according to the ability name starting with the 5-Star.

The first power is called Court Death and shows how Thanos’ desire to please his mistress Death can make him a terrifying threat and volatile ally. It’s a Black AP Passive that activates when Thanos downs an enemy, causing him to stun all characters except Thanos—allies and enemies—and then deals damage to all characters, a set amount to enemies and half that to his allies. The 3-Star Thanos Court Death power deals the same amount of damage to both enemies and allies.

His second ability, Infinite Power, shows everyone just how invulnerable, immortal, and nigh all-powerful Thanos is as he bends his foes to his will. This power costs 8 Purple AP and creates a 3-turn Purple Countdown tile. While the tile is on the board, Thanos deals an extra 15% match damage and no tiles may be destroyed or changed except by Thanos; tiles may still be matched away. The 3-Star Thanos version of Infinite Power gives Thanos an extra 150% match damage which is a lot higher than the 5-Star match damage, but 3-Star Thanos doesn’t get the added board control that 5-Star Thanos has.

His final power is called Come and Get Me. Thanos stands against the tide of his enemies before unleashing his wrath. This power costs 12 Green AP and places a 4-turn countdown tile that moves Thanos to the front of the team at the end of his turn. When the Countdown tile goes off, it causes damage to the entire enemy team. This ability is similar for both 3 and 5-Star variants.

Marvel.com: So on top of some awesome new characters we also have some Thanos-themed holiday fun ahead of us. What exactly can we look forward to?

Josh Austin: So much stuff for the holidays! We have the Crash of the Mad Titan event, which is a special version of Deadpool’s Daily Quest that has five pins with rewards and a Crash Pin featuring Thanos as the enemy for five days. Each day has a unique group of allowed characters including Guardians of the Galaxy, Inhumans, Villains, etc., with plenty of Thanos-themed quests. This event will include a special Thanos Vault for the duration with tons of great stuff! And ring in the New Year on January 1 with a new Thanos Versus Tournament, Behold Thanos.

Marvel.com: Is there anything else we need to know?

Josh Austin: Along with this Thanos event, there will be a 30% bonus sales for Iso-8 and Hero Points between December 20 and 26, a special holiday vault (featuring 80 items) from December 22 [to] January 1 attached to certain events, double Iso-8 rewards will be given in the upcoming Galactus Hungers (December 22), Crash of the Mad Titan (December 22), Naughty or Nice (December 22) and Unstable Iso-8 (December 25).

And finally, I want to wish Happy Holidays to everyone and thanks for playing “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” We have a special free token that we are giving out in the upcoming Vault as a thank you and we can’t wait to share more MPQ news with all the Marvel.com readers in 2017!

Take a crack at Thanos and all the “Puzzle Quest” holiday cheer here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews!

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The Mad Titan enters the Battlerealm!

Thanos the Mad Titan makes his Marvel NOW solo series splash in Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato’s THANOS sporting an all-new look. The new threads come courtesy of the awesome team over at Kabam and their version of Thanos in the “Marvel Contest of Champions” mobile fighting game. We talked to Mike about using Kabam’s version of the character and to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera about what it means to see their work in comics.

Marvel.com: Hey Mike, Thanos is look really good in this book. I’ve heard that the new costume comes from Kabam’s “Marvel Contest of Champions” mobile game. How’d you learn about the outfit and what about it spoke to you enough to use for the comic?

Mike Deodato: I was Google searching a good reference for Thanos when I found this amazing image created by Kabam. They really nailed it. It’s the best version I’ve ever seen of the Mad Titan. The proportions are exactly as I would draw him, a heavy, blocky type with big hands.

Marvel.com: And Gabriel, as a mobile game based on a comic universe, obviously the Kabam crew is adapting characters and costumes and events for the digital space. How does it feel to have some of your team’s work actually influence the source material?

Gabriel Frizzera: We are very proud every time that happens! We have lots of “Omega Level” Marvel geeks here at the studio, so we try to be very respectful of the source material; but at the same time we are confident we understand the language of Marvel well enough to add our own humble contributions to this gigantic creative tapestry being created by so many awesome artists and writers. Thankfully we have great partners at Marvel that support us every step of the way!

On a more personal note, I’ve been a fan of Deodato’s work since I was developing as a young artist in Brazil (I still own some of his early independent stuff!). To have a fellow Brazilian create such great work for the major publishers was always a great inspiration for me, and to have him use my own work as inspiration for his art is a great honor!

Marvel.com: And Mike to take a step back, when you’re designing new looks for characters, new costumes, where do you draw your inspiration? 

Mike Deodato: I usually go back to my early influences that include all those great artists from Metal Hurlant magazine, like Moebius, Caza, Druillet and many others.

Marvel.com: Same to you Gabriel but maybe a little deeper, what is your philosophy on translating some of Marvel’s most recognizable characters to the game? What kind of things do you think about before bringing them to Battlerealm?

Gabriel Frizzera: Our philosophy is “Always Look at the Comics.” They are the source and the purest expression of these characters. We aspire to be an extension of the Marvel Universe, not only being authentic to it, but also expanding its reach to new fans. If we do our job right, players who never read a Marvel comic before will be interested in following the stories, and when they do, the experience will be as seamless as possible.

 

Marvel.com: Mike the costume looks a lot more technological than the standard blue and yellow cloth-looking material we’ve seen him wear for so many years. Are there any story implications for the upgrade, or was it based purely on aesthetics?

Mike Deodato: Aesthetics alone, I was just blown away by Kabam’s design.

Marvel.com: High praise indeed! Gabriel can you talk to me a little about Thanos’ “Contest of Champions” design? What was important to keep from Thanos’ original iconic look, and how did you guys make it your own?

Gabriel Frizzera: Thanks Mike! Well we started, as always, picking a favourite version from the comics. We loved Jim Cheung’s Thanos from “Infinity”, and that was our departure point in this case. But as in any character we adapt, we try to make it our own. First I changed the proportions of the body in a very simplified concept piece. That helped us visualize how the character will look in one of our character skeletons (in this case the XL skeleton), which has a bigger torso and arms, and smaller legs and head.

Then I “blockified” some of the details like the hands, muscles and face. The Contest of Champions characters inhabit a “sweet zone” between realism and comic stylization, and for Thanos wasn’t different. Finding the character’s main shapes and details and exaggerating them to make the character even more iconic is one of the things that makes our characters so popular. I also finished out some of the details that sometimes are only implied in comic illustrations, to help the modellers know what’s going on in all angles of the body. Cheung drawings are very “3D” already, so in this case it was not so hard.

Then, our lead character artist Gene Campbell took the concept and pushed to the next level. Our team of 3D modellers are very accomplished in 3D sculpting, so every step of the way the character becomes more and more tangible. Usually at this point I let then add their own interpretation of what makes the character work in 3D, only coming in to course-correct every once in a while if necessary. They’re pretty talented, so that makes my work much easier.

Then the final model comes to life with the textures and materials. The comics can take us only so far in that regard, so we took inspiration from the movies. Thanos’ nice golds and shimmering cosmic metals look very nice in Guardians of the Galaxy, so that was our main reference. But with a twist: we like to bring it all back to comics by stylizing the colors. Every character needs to be recognizable at a glance, and Marvel characters have very iconic 2 or 3 colors schemes. We pay a lot of attention to that.

Marvel.com: Is there anything else we need to know about Thanos’ outfit or the THANOS title dropping on November 16? Mike anything you want to say to the fine folks over at Kabam?

Mike Deodato: Collaborating with Jeff Lemire has been an absolute pleasure and I think it shows in my art. Readers are going to see some of the best work of my career. As for the Kabam folks, thanks a lot for the inspiration, keep up the wonderful work guys!

Marvel.com: Gabriel, how ready are you to go pick up Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato’s new THANOS title and see the team’s outfit in action?

Gabriel Frizzera: Hell yeas! As I said, I’m a big fan of Deodato’s work, and Jeff Lemire is one of my favourite writers out there… his voice is unique and I’ve been following his independent work before I saw his Marvel stuff. His Moon Knight is one of my favorite current books. I can’t wait to see where he takes the Mad Titan! And I just wanted to give a huge shoutout to the team that helped bring Thanos to life in-game: Luke Takeuchi, Melany Hamill, Cuz Parry, Gene Campbell, and Derek Ng-Cummings! Great work gang!

Watch out for Mike and Jeff’s THANOS when it drops on November 16 and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

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Take a look at Mike Deodato's redesigns of the Mad Titan and his very non-traditional family!

Death’s biggest fan scores his own ongoing comics title as THANOS #1 hits stands on November 16. Written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Mike Deodato, the series will see the Mad Titan attempt to rebuild his life after experiencing more than a few setbacks.

Thanos sets out to get closer to his days as the wielder of the Infinity Gauntlet, but soon finds himself facing off against the most dangerous people in his life: his family. Brother Starfox, son Thane, possible granddaughter Nebula, and former lover Death all have a thing or two to bring up with the would-be destroyer of creation.

We talked to Deodato about redesigning some of those classic characters, building up Thanos’ confidence and the challenges of drawing a villain of the Mad Titan’s ilk as the star of the comic.

Marvel.com: Does drawing a villain-centric book like this offer different challenges than one starring a hero?

Mike Deodato: Heroes are easy to love and to identify with, villains are tricky because, you know, they are…villains. The challenge is to make him, his personality, so fascinating that the reader will forget he is the villain and will actually start to root for him. Some TV shows have accomplished it nicely, like “Marco Polo,” “House of Cards,” and “Breaking Bad,” but it is not an easy task.

Marvel.com: Thanos’ look has stayed pretty consistent over the years. Were you able to play with the costume a bit?

Mike Deodato: I loved the way he was portrayed in the “Marvel Contest of Champions” game so I decided to go with that look with a few changes on the helmet details.

Marvel.com: Starfox, Thane, and Nebula will also be appearing. Did you put your own spin on those characters?

Mike Deodato: For Starfox we decided to start with his original costume, only making sure he looks as badass as ever. Thane, I used his current look and Nebula I chose to make it closer to the “Guardians of The Galaxy” movie version. The one character I did big changes with was The Champion. I thought he looked too tidy so I went for a more savage, dirty approach. Death will look more playful, quirky, and human instead of solemn and serious.

Marvel.com: The star of this book has been knocked down a few pegs in recent years. Does that alter how you convey him on the page?

Mike Deodato: I want him to look like a veteran scarred warrior, the type [where] you freeze just by looking at him. Because he’s been in so many battles, he is way more experienced and therefore way more dangerous.

Marvel.com: When you talked to Marvel.com about this book initially, you mentioned French sci-fi influences. What sets them apart from their American counterparts for you?

Mike Deodato: They have more of an idyllic, psychedelic, dream-like feel, I guess. I want it to contrast with the sci-fi horror apocalypse that is Thanos.

Marvel.com: In that same interview, you also mentioned a desire to draw Jeff’s stories after reading OLD MAN LOGAN and MOON KNIGHT. What was it about those stories that piqued your interest?

Mike Deodato: He has an old fashioned, yet modern way of telling stories that immerse you in the reading and forget all around it, just like all good writing should be.

The Mad Titan takes center stage once again on November 16 in the pages of THANOS #1 by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato.

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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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Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato help the Mad Titan return to greatness!

Thanos, the Mad Titan, has long been considered one of the most feared beings in the Marvel Universe. Strong, cunning, and nihilistic, he could always be counted to bring destruction in his wake. Recent setbacks, however, pushed the once proud villain down from his perch.

Thanos does not take such matters lightly and stands more than ready to set things back to the way he prefers them. Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike Deodato will aid and abet him in the new THANOS ongoing series this fall. They took time from their masterminding to let us peek behind the curtain.

Marvel.com: Fortunes have turned for Thanos as of late and he has lost some of the power he once boasted. Where is he at psychologically following that?

Jeff Lemire: Well, I obviously don’t want to get too spoilery, but Thanos’ recent struggles will help set up where he is at when our series begins. He is definitely in a place where he is looking to rebuild, and to reclaim what he once had.

That is never enough for Thanos [though], so it’s not really about just getting back what he had so much as taking more and more. But of course, there will be a number of obstacles that I will be placing in his way, some new things and some things, and people, from his past coming back to haunt him.

Marvel.com: Jeff, how, as a writer, are you handling his attempt at a comeback? What unique challenges does it present to write a character that’s best known as being on top when he’s low and trying to reclaim that status?

Jeff Lemire: Seeing any character struggle a bit is a good thing. Their struggles help define them and help show strengths and weaknesses. This is especially important with Thanos, who, in the past, has been almost god-like in power. But I don’t want to misrepresent anything; when our series begins, Thanos is still very powerful and very much in control of his own destiny.

Marvel.com: Mike, what’s your particular approach to the book? Do you have specific motifs or imagery that are driving your aesthetic for THANOS?

Mike Deodato: Every time I think of cosmic what comes to mind is a magazine called Heavy Metal, the American version of the revolutionary French magazine Metal Hurlant. I grew up reading those fantastic sci-fi stories by Moebius, Druillet, Richard Corben, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Enki Bilal, Caza, Serge Clerc, Alain Voss, Berni Wrightson, Milo Manara, Frank Margerin, Steranko, and many others. That is the aesthetic I am looking for.

Marvel.com: In general, what is it like to write a book from the villain’s point of view in the Marvel Universe? Any particular challenges of things you especially love?

Jeff Lemire: First off, I loved that this is an ongoing series, not a limited series. That opens up a lot of potential to establish long term plans for Thanos in the Marvel U.

Writing a villain book is completely different, and completely refreshing. The main attraction to doing this book was being able to dive into the dark side and tell a totally different type of [story] set in the Marvel U that is from a villain’s point of view. It’s forcing me to go to some new places with my writing and try new things.

As to what makes Thanos so compelling, the easy answer is that he is so powerful and so evil. This combination opens things up for a lot of story potential. But the truth is that it’s Thanos’ past that makes him so interesting. What motivates a god-like being like this? What makes him tick and what does he have left to fight for? These are compelling questions to me, and I think to the reader. But above all this series just has so much potential. Thanos can essentially become Marvel’s Darth Vader—its alpha villain.

I’ve dived pretty deep into Thanos’ publishing history to draw inspiration for the series. Of course it all starts with Jim Starlin, but I’ve also drawn from Keith Giffen’s run on THANOS as well as Jason Aaron’s THANOS RISING and the work Jonathan Hickman did in Infinity and elsewhere. I also took a good long look at Kieron Gillen’s DARTH VADER series as a template for what could be done with an ongoing villain series.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about Thanos’ son Thane? What is he like as a character? What’s driving him?

Jeff Lemire: Thane will be a major character in the series. He has gone through a rough time since readers last saw him. Beyond that, I don’t want to spoil much. If I answered any more on this, I would spoil some pretty major elements of the book.

Marvel.com: Who are some of the familiar faces we might see? Any character you are really loving to write?

Jeff Lemire: Thanos’ extended family will be central in the supporting cast. Starfox and Thane have major roles, as does Nebula.

Starfox in particular has become really interesting to me. He’s such an underrated and underused character. He is Thanos’ brother and in many ways Thanos’ opposite. To me this makes him a really central character in what I want to do. I’d like to shed new light on Starfox, add new depths to him and peel back that fun-loving surface layer and see what else is going on there. I think he is a pretty complex character.

Marvel.com: Mike, given the book’s galactic setting, there is more freedom in terms of portraying the world of the story. Where did you seek inspiration for things like the architecture and transportation devices of the book?

Mike Deodato: I want it to look futuristic but creepy at the same time, so Moebius and Giger are my main inspiration here.

Marvel.com: When we talk Thanos, Death never seems far behind. What, if any, part might Death play in Thanos’ life now?

Jeff Lemire: Death will play a key role in the series, but in a way that we have not seen before. Her relationship and connection to Thanos has changed since we saw her last and this will affect Thanos and many others.

Marvel.com: How is the collaboration? How do both your approaches help one another realize their full vision for the book.

Mike Deodato: I have been following [Jeff’s] amazing work on MOON KNIGHT and OLD MAN LOGAN thinking, “Man, I’d love to draw that!” and now I have my chance.

As they say, “be careful with what you wish for.” [Laughs]

Jeff Lemire: Mike is amazing. A great guy and a great artist. I’ve admired his work for years so it’s a thrill to work with him on this series. I think he’s perfect for it.

Mike brings big, bold cinematic storytelling with an edge of darkness to it. As we saw with his work on VADER DOWN, he is perfect for this series and the tone I want to strike. Very excited to be working with Mike! I had more fun writing #1 than I have writing anything in a long time. It is very fun to be very bad.

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Order Gentle Giant Ltd.'s Star Spangled Avenger statue now!

The Star Spangled Avenger makes many of his fans feel like kids again. This time, Gentle Giant Ltd. is having some fun and giving Captain America a childlike appearance! This adorable version of Cap is based off of artwork found in the pages of Marvel Comics.

Visit Gentle Giant to order now!

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Captain America leads the charge against the omnipotent Mad Titan, Thanos!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

Like any good comics event, Infinity Gauntlet literally threatened all of reality. As the 1991 limited series—written by Jim Starlin with art split between George Perez and Ron Lim—kicks off, Thanos already possesses the title object and nearly immeasurable power along with it.

The Mad Titan’s first order of nigh-omnipotent business: Erase half the lives in existence as a way to appease his lady love, Death. This results in the loss of a great many heroes, including Hawkeye and Sersi who were talking to Captain America when they disappear from reality. The remaining heroes—and Dr. Doom—gather together at Avengers headquarters where Adam Warlock appears to offer a plan of attack against their collective enemy.

In INFINITY GAUNTLET #4, the terrestrial heroes attack Thanos to little avail. Even with the combined efforts of Thor, Hulk, Wolverine, and the rest, they barely distract the Titan. After seeing heroes like Thor and Quasar easily bested right before his eyes, Captain America still stands tall in opposition to the villain saying awesomely inspirational things like, “As long as one man stands against you, Thanos, you’ll never be able to claim victory.”

The Star Spangled Avenger even keeps his cool with the cosmic villain looming over him to stall so Silver Surfer can zoom in and steal the Infinity Gauntlet to no avail. Cap lands one post-failure punch, but Thanos bats him aside, killing the hero immediately.

Realizing he’s been wasting his time on trivialities, Thanos sets his sights on a variety of cosmic entities, but soon abandons his physical form to take over as Eternity. This allows the zombie-like Nebula to snatch the Gauntlet for herself and undo all of Thanos’ actions, bringing Cap and company back in the process. De-powered, Thanos joins forces with the surviving heroes to stop Nebula in a series of attacks that lead to Adam Warlock taking control of the Gauntlet.

Though not the focus of INFINITY GAUNTLET, Captain America still shows exactly the kind of hero he presents himself as: one who stands up to the bad guy regardless of the terrible odds.

Cap Declassified

Though they share a powerful moment in INFINITY GAUNTLET, Captain America and Thanos first met in AVENGERS ANNUAL #7 and MARVEL-TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #2. Some of Cap’s teammates encountered the Titan in CAPTAIN MARVEL #25#33 and AVENGERS #125, but he didn’t meet the villain face-to-face until Thing and Spider-Man burst in to save the Avengers from Thanos’ clutches. Even then, Cap took on many of Thanos’ minions instead of the Titan himself! 

Next, see the very first time Steve Rogers wielded the iconic round shield in the Golden Age classic CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #2.

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The Spartax ruler steps in to spare his son in a clip from 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' airing Sunday morning!

Thanos enters the war between Spartax and Asgard in a clip from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy”! Watch the clip above and catch an all-new “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” this Sunday at 8:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

When Thanos gets in the middle of the war between Spartax and Asgard, he first sets his sights on Star-Lord! Seeing his son caught in the fray, J’Son tries to talk some sense into the Mad Titan, only to reveal a secret agreement the two rulers have. Learn the real reasoning behind the battle 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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Joss Whedon & Jeremy Latcham tie the universe together for Marvel's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' out on Blu-ray now!

The filmmakers behind Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” explain the significance of the Infinity Stones in this featurette! Watch the featurette above and pick up your copy of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” out now on Blu-ray, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere.

In “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) experienced visions about powerful stones that tied the universe together. Producer Jeremy Latcham and writer/director Joss Whedon delve into the history of the Infinity Stones and what makes Thanos (Josh Brolin) want to pursue them! Learn more by checking out the video above.

Get your copy of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere now! Make sure to follow @Avengers on Twitter and like “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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Jim Starlin welcomes Alan Davis to a legendary creative team to chronicle the penultimate chapter in his Thanos saga!

These days it looks like even when Adam Warlock catches a break it turns out to be anything but; case in point, his turn in the spotlight in the upcoming limited series INFINITY ENTITY from writer Jim Starlin and artist Alan Davis.

“He’s deranged, as usual,” Starlin reports regarding Warlock’s state of mind. “For those who have read the first two graphic novels [Thanos: The Infinity Relativity, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation], you know that Adam has gone through a rather dramatic, if subtle, transformation as the story’s progressed. This tale explores those changes.”

Those changes became the catalyst for Starlin to write ENTITY as a separate volume leading into the culmination of his larger tale in next year’s THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE original graphic novel, in fact.

“I felt the changes in Adam in this storyline just couldn’t be squeezed into the space available and decided to augment,” he reveals. “This series is a part of the ongoing Thanos epic I’ve been working on in the trio of graphic novels. Just as THANOS VS. HULK bridged the first novel with the second, INFINITY ENTITY connects the second with the third.”

Starlin not handling artistic duties here further denotes the connected but different nature of the project. The writer, however, assures fans that Davis could not be a better choice for the book.

“Alan draws the way I’d like to be able to,” confesses Starlin. “I’ve long admired his work so when the opportunity arose to work with him on this project, I jumped at it. It’s been awfully fun. Every few weeks or so, pages arrive via the e-mail and I marvel, no pun intended.”

As for details, while preview art has revealed some interesting details—such as the presence of the classic Avengers—Starlin remains cagey. He offers hints but leaves most to the readers’ anticipation and imagination.

“This tale is about time, space and omnipotence, so anything is possible,” Starlin asserts. “Thanos, The In-Betweener, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and other cosmic and space oriented characters make an appearance. There’s a big reveal toward the end of the story arc, but we can’t say anything about that or it’ll ruin the ride.

“It may seem, at first that this series isn’t connected to the main on-going story, but appearances can be deceiving.”

INFINITY ENTITY and THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE both head your way in 2016!

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