After having a huge day at Disney’s D23 Expo debuting an explosive teaser to Avengers: Infinity War and unveiling Thanos’ Black Order, Marvel Studios invited the actor behind Thanos himself to sign special prints made for the event.
If you look at the prints closely enough, you’ll notice the Mad Titan in a position all too familiar to fans that have followed the supervillain’s path throughout his duration in the world of comics books.
With the Infinity Gauntlet — which has all six Infinity Stones assembled, might I add — in tow, a very angry Thanos can be seen looking out among the cosmos, presumably trying to determine which planet to raze next.
The promo art — an amazingly beautiful piece created by Ryan Meinerding, the head of visual development at Marvel Studios — appears to pay tribute to George Perez’s iconic cover to The Infinity Gauntlet #1 (1991).
On the cover that started the events of Thanos destroying humanity as we know it, the Mad Titan can be seen in a very similar position. He’s surrounded by many of Marvel’s finest character such as the Sorcerer Supreme Dr. Strange and the Silver Surfer.
Want to compare the two pieces of art? Check out the gallery below.
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As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War is described by Marvel Studios as the culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man in 2008. The movie is filming now under directors Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The expansive confirmed cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, ChrisHemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos.Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel are filming back-to-back for a May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 release, respectively.
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