Thanos is responsible for the (often horrific) deaths of many of the characters we love, but it’s clear the comic book writers know how to return the favor. Not so long ago, in the comics, we told you about Vision’s disturbing death, which incidentally was killed by none other than Thanos himself. Today the roles are reversed and we tell you about the death of Thanos, who was also killed by a villain we love very much.
Warning: This article contains loot from the Secret Wars 2015 comic book series. If you don’t want to be spoiled, read no further.
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Before the heinous death of Thanos, it is appropriate to delve into the 2015 Secret Wars comic series again. In this series, the multiverse was destroyed and the only universes left are Earth-616 and Earth-1610. In this falling apart universe, Doctor Doom rules (Doctor Doom in VO), but Thanos is absolutely unimpressed by the latter.
In Secret Wars # 8 by Jonathan Hickman, Ive Svorcina, Esad Ribic, Chris Eliopoulos and Idette Winecoo, Thanos manages to penetrate the defense of Doctor Doom and challenge the landlord directly. Doctor Doom does not let this impetuous stranger disappoint him and then offers him the opportunity to stay alive in exchange for his loyalty. Thanos’ answer will cost him his life.
Thanos’ terrible death
Hearing Doctor Doom’s request, Thanos openly mocks him and loudly proclaims that he was once a god when he came into possession of the Infinity Gauntlet. The Mad Titan continues his tirade by insulting Doctor Doom for “weak god” and even asking him to bow before him. Doctor Doom then asks Thanos if he currently has the Infinity Gauntlet, to which Thanos is reacting negatively. Doctor Doom then gets up and rips Thanos’ spine from the mad titan’s body, cutting through the flesh and only removing the skeleton:
Thanos’ envelope of skin and blood lies softly on the floor. Thanos’ death from Doctor Doom is one of the most brutal deaths in Marvel Comics. It’s extremely visual, arguably too much to show up in the MCU one way or another. At the end of the Secret Wars comic book series, the multiverse will finally be restored so that Thanos can be brought back to life. His underestimation of Doctor Doom cost him his life, and it’s likely that Thanos wouldn’t make the same mistake twice if the two bad guys were to crossbreed again in the future.