DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A/C)
THANOS WINS Part 1
Ask the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe how they fear the universe will end, and in their most honest moment, they will answer with two words… THANOS WINS. Now… see what happens when he does.
Interview de Donny Cates (via IGN) :
IGN: How will Thanos embrace the idea of Marvel Legacy?
Donny Cates: No one has risen higher and fallen faster than the Mad Titan. Over the years Thanos has come closer to victory than probably any other Marvel villain and has been met with defeat every single time. I mean, he famously killed half of all life in the universe and still wound up on the wrong end of the scorecard. Time and time again, we have seen Thanos falter on the edge of glory. And I for one think it’s about damn time the devil got his due.
We’re going to show you what happens when Thanos wins. And just how…horrific that would really be. For everyone.
IGN: Thanos has had a pretty rough time in his solo series thus far, but now it sounds like he’s going to come out a winner. What can you tell us about what has changed for Thanos?
Cates: Yeah, Jeff Lemire’s run was (IS) just incredible. It was exactly the kind of high-stakes cosmic adventures that I LOVE in Thanos stories. Equal parts grand and poetic and “punch it until it dies” intense. So when Jordan D. White, our editor, offered me the gig, I knew immediately what I wanted to do, and how I was going to do it. Jeff had laid such a strong foundational voice on the book, It was very easy to step into the character and the tone, while also making the book my own.
I’m also just kind of a cosmic Marvel nut and Thanos fanboy already, so this has just been a blast for me.
So yeah, I can’t tell you much in the way of what, exactly, precipitates Thanos’ victory in our story, or even the modality by which it’s achieved. But I can tell you that this is perhaps the strangest and most unbelievably brutal story I have ever written. I’m continually shocked by the things Marvel lets me get away with on this.
I’m not exaggerating whatsoever when I tell you this book has given me nightmares. It’s been hard to shake this one off when I clock off for the day. And let me tell you… having Thanos, especially THIS Thanos in your head when you close your eyes is not something I would inflict on anyone.
IGN: What threats and antagonists can we expect Thanos to clash with now that he’s in such a powerful position?
Cates: Threats? The story is titled Thanos WINS.
You’re assuming there’s anyone in the Marvel universe that’s still breathing…