The Marvel Cinematic Universe follows in the footsteps of Star Wars with a novelized expansion of its on-screen universe. Barry Lyga's new novel, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War: Thanos-Titan Consumido, will give the Avengers' villain Thanos his own story of origin when it hits the shelves on November 20.
Thanos has been considered the ultimate threat to the Avengers of the MCU. He will take center stage during the next film, Avengers: Infinity War. But as noted in Lyga's novel, Thanos's ability to wield the incredible power of Infinity Stones is hard to come by, and the big-bearded and purple villain went a long way to get here. "Born in a world condemned and expelled by his people for his genius, his physical deviation and his pragmatic but monstrous ideas, Thanos is determined to save the galaxy from the same fate as his home planet," says the summary. "It does not matter how many billions have to die."
In an interview with Gizmodo, Lyga says he does not necessarily want to paint Thanos as a sympathetic character. Rather, the idea is to help readers understand how their path will inevitably take them to their current position as the Avengers' greatest enemy. "It's less about making it pleasant and more about making it understandable," says Lyga. "A small distinction, perhaps, but an important one … I wanted those logical leaps to fall into place, so that your path is so rational and so sensible that you read the book and say:" Well, I personally do not want kill half of the universe, but I fully understand why Thanos does it, and it makes a lot of sense, and I do not see how I could come out otherwise. "
Lyga adds that the book will give additional context to some of Thanos's appearances in the MCU so far. It is also worth noting that the summary of the book describes Thanos as "the most formidable enemy that the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Strange Doctor and the Black Panther have ever faced: an enemy to which even a group of people Notables came together to fight the battles that no one else could, will not stop. "Well, that last one is not a good omen for anyone, right?