Thanos looks pretty adorable in the latest concept art from Avengers: Endgame.
As revealed in the Art of Avengers: Endgame book, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film almost included additional backstory for Thanos. This would shown the Mad Titan growing up as an outcast throughout the different stages of his life, including infancy. A new piece from concept artist Ian Joyner reveals what that would have looked like.
"Happy Thanosgiving everyone! Here’s a cute(ish) take on the future Mad Titan!" Joyner wrote on Instagram. "Thanks again to [Marvel Studios Vice President of Development and Creative Director] Ryan Meinerding for letting me explore this take on him!"
Included in the book's "Unused Concepts" is information about a scrapped storyline from Infinity War that showed the Mad Titan at various ages. It began with an infant Thanos, then progressed through his teenage years. Meinerdling recently shared photos of 13-year-old and 17-year-old Thanos.
The Thanos backstory was intended to highlight the character's struggle from his malformed birth through his adolescence. Despite being a pariah, Thanos would travel to planets in a desperate attempt to keep them from overpopulating the universe. When he failed, it would be time to take matters into his own hands. This was ultimately scrapped from the film.
Next up for Marvel Studios is the Black Widow solo film starring Scarlett Johansson. The film is directed by Cate Shortland and is set to release on May 1, 2020.