“Thanos” #1, by Chris Cantwell (“Iron Man”) and Luca Pizzari (“X-Men: Before The Fall – Heralds Of Apocalypse”), will see Thanos return to Earth and take on a new Illuminati team in the Marvel Universe. The secret society of heroes gets an updated roster in the new four-issue miniseries. The new Illuminati will feature the usual members Mr. Fantastic, Doctor Strange, and Iron Man, but instead of Professor X and Black Bolt joining them, Blue Marvel and Emma Frost will be a part of the latest iteration of the team. Considering Blue Marvel is one of the most powerful characters in the universe and Frost’s role among the X-Men as one of its leaders, the two are welcome and fitting additions to the Illuminati.
Cantwell said in the announcement from Marvel that he’s thrilled to tackle another one of Marvel’s greatest villains after previously writing the Doctor Doom-starring comic. “You can imagine how excited I am to not only tackle the Mad Titan himself, but pit him against some of the most powerful brains and fists out there,” Cantwell said. The talented writer added that Thanos’ return will focus on his desire for connection to “one essence in existence (and non-existence),” which seems to hint he will seek out his greatest love, Death. With the new Illuminati opposing his efforts, readers can expect fireworks in the story. The series will also see Cantwell deconstructing one of the biggest villains in comics.
Pizzari added, “Thanos himself is, of course, unbelievably fun to draw, I’m constantly telling myself to make him bigger and bigger!”