WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Old Man Quill #11, by Ethan Sacks, Ibraim Roberson, Rachelle Rosenberg and VC's Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
Old Man Quill has opened up the dark and grim "Old Man" universe on a galactic scale. Characters from across the cosmos have appeared, giving readers a more thorough idea of this dark possible fate for the Marvel Universe. A united front of villains was actually able to wipe out most of the heroes and then go on to lead their ideal lives.
But one villain who hasn't been confirmed to have taken part in the heroic purge has quietly carved out a living doing the one thing he always wanted. In Old Man Quill #11, it's revealed that the Thanos of this reality finally got the happy ending he always wanted.
Most of Old Man Quill has centered around an older version of Peter Quill trying to find a way to stop the Church of Universal Truth from bringing Galactus to Earth to destroy it. Their outreach has extended across the galaxy, with their champions the former Shi'Ar Imperial Guard coming to Earth to kill the last remaining Guardian of the Galaxy, Quill. Quill was able to win the battle thanks to the assortment of tools and weapons hidden away in the ruins of the Baxter Building, but he lost his chance to grab the Ultimate Nullifier in the conflict.
As Galactus and his ship make their way towards Earth, they pass over Saturn's moon of Titan. This has long been established as the birth-place of Thanos the Mad Titan. Having relocated there, Thanos has seemingly constructed a mighty garden across the moon. As he looks into the sky, he sees Galactus going by. Thanos notes this is likely the end of Earth and returns to his gardening. It's almost comical just how little Thanos seems to care about what's happening in the universe, especially considering he intended his past actions to have an impact on all of creation.
Thanos' goal to retire in peace and become a farmer has been a long-established aspect for the character. When Thanos first tried to use the Infinity Gauntlet to radically alter reality in the original Infinity Gauntlet storyline, he essentially became God for a period of time. But after the story's conclusion, the universe believes that Thanos is dead. In reality, however, he had (at least briefly) retired to a small unnamed planet in the middle of uncharted space to try and live out his days. There, he began life as a simple farmer, seemingly finding a semblance of peace.
This has carried over as an element of the character across mediums, most recently in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. In those films, it's established that once he accomplishes his goal of wiping out half of life across the entire cosmos, he intends to retire and live out the rest of his life as a farmer. After the events of Infinity War, the character creates the farm and lives there before the Avengers attack and kill him in the beginning of Endgame.
It All Works Out
The idea that there's at least one version of Thanos in the multiverse that finally achieved his dream of returning to a farm is indicative of just how messed up the "Old Man" reality really is. This is a reality where Thanos saw the devastation across the universe as the proper course of action or potentially even played a secret role in the attacks against the heroes of the universe. But because he's quietly living his life instead of lording his survival over the rest of the world, Thanos might end up being the only former villain who escapes any kind of retribution from someone like Logan or Peter Quill.
More so than any of his fellow villains, Thanos has seemingly found the peace he always craved. Many of the villains who ruined the Earth of this reality have been dealt with in some way or another, leaving only a handful of bad guys left who can enjoy their victories. But by removing himself from the universal conflicts and just enjoying his time on a farm, Thanos seems to ensure that he'll ultimately be the victor of this universe.
Old Man Quill is scheduled to be released by Marvel Comics on Nov. 6.