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The MCU Almost Made Us Look At A Baby Thanos In The Last Two 'Avengers' Movies

By Jodi Smith | Film | November 21, 2019 |

By Jodi Smith | Film | November 21, 2019 |


We all know now that Baby Yoda/The Child is life. Baby Yoda is love. Baby Yoda is everything we needed at this point in a farty decade preparing to end. Do you know what is the opposite of all of this?

A nutsack-chinned Baby Thanos, sitting in his infinity crib, watching Baby Hitler educational videos, and dreaming of the time when he would crush planets to bring balance to the cosmos. According to the just-released book Art of Avengers: Endgame, the Russo Brothers almost foisted that abomination upon us.

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Vice President of Development and Creative Director for Marvel Studios, Ryan Meinerding, provided valuable context for the photos. “There was a period of time when they were writing these scripts where you were going to see Thanos’ backstory,” he explained. However, that part of Thanos’ story didn’t make it into either of the Avengers’ films.

Meinerding described that at one stage in the script’s development, Infinity War delved way back into Thanos’ background to the time of his infancy. Malformed from birth, the scrapped plot depicted Thanos growing up as an outcast throughout the stages of his life, at one point “having an actual teen moment of being that seven-foot-tall awkward teenager.” From there Thanos’ journey would more directly depict what he described in the film itself, trying to convince his planet of the dangers of overpopulation as they dismissed him as a mad man and imprisoned him on a nearby moon.


I was all for sitting, unable to urinate for fear of missing something, for three hours per movie to get what I got from Infinity War and Endgame. If I had dehydratedprepped myself for either movie only to have a whole coming of age story about f*cking THANOS bore the hell out of me onscreen, I would have chugged an entire mega-large popcorn bucket of espresso and sent the ensuing bathroom time output to the Russo Brothers in retaliation.

LOOK AT THIS MONSTER: click here because laws or something

It looks like a Baby Alive that choked on a spoon and reanimated on the coroner’s slab. Teen Thanos (check out the CBR link) looks like that Sim that drowned in the pool after you removed all of the ladders, you heathen.

Thank goodness we didn’t have to deal with that sort of abomination cluttering up our views of Captain America’s ass or the split second when we thought Hawkeye was gonna huck himself off of a cliff and splatter against the rocks below, just like Jeremy Renner’s musical career.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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