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The True Origin of Thanos Just Made Him Zack Snyder's Superman

Warning! Spoilers ahead for Eternals: Thanos Rises #1

In Marvel Comics' new one-shot Eternals: Thanos Rises, the backstory of the Mad Titan is fleshed out with more detail, and it's revealed that Thanos' origins effectively make him Zack Synder's Superman in terms of their similarly unique births. Thanos' father was a scientist who sought to be the exception, much like Kal-El's father Jor-El seen at the beginning of the DCEU's Man of Steel. While Thanos was born to Eternal parents, Eternals do not normally have children with families like mortals do, being creations of the Celestials' Great Machine.

In ages past of the Eternals' existence, Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 from Kieron Gillen and Dustin Weaver confirms that a war broke out known as the Titan Schism. Two rivals camps were formed, the A'larisans and the Zurasians. While the Eternal A'Lars wished to explore the nature of their race and potential ability to expand their lineages with true Eternal offspring, The Prime Eternal Zuras and his followers believed that the Eternals' status quo within the Celestials' Great Machine should be preserved. Eventually, a truce was formed and A'Lars was allowed to venture on his own to Titan (taking the name Mentor) where he soon found and wed Sui-San (Thanos' future mother). Shortly after, Mentor and Sui-San began the process of true Eternal reproduction.

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Similarly, director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel revealed that every child on Krypton was artificially bred and programmed with specific predetermined roles within their society, not unlike the Eternals created by the Celestials within the confines of the Great Machine. However, the scientist Jor-El and his wife Lara Lor-Van had the first natural birth in centuries with Kal-El, the child who would become Superman, just as Thanos was born in an attempt to create the first born Eternal in history. That being said, Thanos would grow up to become the bane of the Eternals and the universe at large, serving as a dark mirror to Snyder's Superman despite the resemblance of their unique origins.

Despite Mentor's hopes for the Eternals' future and what they could become if allowed to expand their race, he soon discovered too late that the result was an affront to nature and not meant to be. Given all the death and destruction his son has caused as a pure nihilist, it's clear that the Eternals that exist (while immortal) are mean to be finite within the Great Machine. Apparently, the Eternals all have their powers and roles as predetermined beings by the cosmic Celestials for a reason.

In any case, Thanos having similar origins to Snyder's Superman is still quite interesting, especially considering how different the two characters grew up to be in their respective universes. Superman became the greatest hero and hope for the DC Universe, becoming a positive constant and cornerstone in the multiverse. In contrast, Thanos is essentially the exact opposite in Marvel's own universe, existing as one of its darkest and most dangerous threats who's literally obsessed and in love with the living embodiment of Death, desiring the entropy of the universe.

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