As any true fangirl and fanboy knows, Thanos (that crazy purple Mad Titan in the post credits scene of The Avengers) is traditionally motivated by his completely nihilistic ideals, which Marvel personifies in the living skeleton seductress Lady Death. Just like her name implies, this Grim Reaper scours the Marvel Universe, controlling the trafficked lanes between this life and the next. She also happens to be Thanos’s bang buddy.

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While that big purple sweetheart hacks and slashes at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, he only ever does so to end the Universe, which sways the affections of Lady Death. I don’t really know why, either. She’s a bit too bony for my tastes.

Well, according to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY director James Gunn, Thanos’s motives might be a tad bit different in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I’m not sure what that’ll entail, but it may be a smart move, as Lady Death is a bit TOO cheesy. The Marvel movies are very tech based, even with Thor, but including the personification of an abstract like ‘Death’ is excessive, in my humble opinion.

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“Here’s the thing, truthfully the Marvel Cinematic Universe takes out of both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Comics universe, and then they recreate some elements themselves. What Thanos wants in the comics is not necessarily what Thanos wants in the movies; we don’t know yet.”

So…. I suppose that doesn’t really give us a complete answer. If I were a betting man, and occasionally I am (whenever our UK Editor Ciaran James not-so-soberly challenges the office to a game of that “Delightful American Poker with community cards”), I’d say Marvel won’t use Death in her truest form. Instead, perhaps Thanos seeks to destroy the universe in some misguided attempt to honor a dead lover. Or maybe Marvel dropped the whole “I love Lady Death!” idea, and Thanos just wants to end existence.

I can dig it.

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Source: CBM