When his three-part story starting in Thanos: The Infinity Siblings concludes, Jim Starlin is walking away from his most famous creation.
Speaking with CBR, the legendary writer explained why the upcoming trilogy will close out his time with Thanos. "For quite some time, I have had the privilege of pretty much solely determining where our Mad Titan would go in his fictional life," Starlin explained. He co-created the cosmic villain with Mike Friedrich in 1973. Starlin has been involved in guiding Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet-wearing hand ever since, leading the character from one devastating cosmic story to the next."
"Thanos is the property of Marvel Entertainment," Starlin continued, "and with the movies on the horizon, Big Purple is about to enter the rarified classification of being a cultural icon, a character bigger than the comic books, writers and artists that birthed him." Clearly, Starlin is referring to the fact that, once Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters worldwide next May, a movie starring Thanos as the main antagonist, the character will take on a whole new life of his own for millions of people.
"Marvel Editorial has made it clear they want fresh takes on the Titan, so who am I to argue with them?" Starlin added, recognizing that the character he created is bigger than himself. But before all is said and done, the writer still has a final, epic story left to tell.
"It’s been fun, Big Guy. Go out and have an interesting and entertaining life after."
Thanos: The Infinity Siblings is scheduled for release this February.