Legendary comic writer/artist Jim Starlin made a name for himself at Marvel notably creating many of their most popular cosmic characters, including Thanos who Starlin introduced in ‘Iron Man’ #53. On Monday night, the creator posted this image on his Facebook page accompanied by the caption “Just finished the last page of a 100 page story I’ve written and pencilled for Marvel Comics. But at this time I can’t say what exactly the project is. Details will be released when I can release them. Look for it next summer!” Though the image is obscured… come on!
With the release of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ next summer, this could be perfectly timed, if the space-based uber-villain makes another appearance in that film. There hasn’t been any indication that Thanos will appear in that movie, but then again, there was never any clue that he would be in Avengers either, until he popped up in all his purple faced glory in the middle of the end credits of ‘The Avengers’. But Kevin Feige did state that “You look at some classic story lines in the comics and they tease out characters like that — big bads like that — for sometimes years. I think Walter Simonson was teasing Surter for years before he popped up. It’s fun to have the luxury to build somebody up like that.”
So if Thanos pops up, even in a post-credit cameo, it could serve as to help build toward him being a major force in upcoming movies. So it makes sense for Marvel to begin pushing the character once more in the comics.
Starlin last worked for Marvel on ‘Thanos’ #6 in 2004. He then switched teams and worked for rival publisher DC on ‘Death of the New Gods’, ‘Strange Adventures’ and the current series ‘Stormwatch’.
Starlin complained about not being in the loop regarding Thanos’ inclusion in ‘The Avengers’. It would seem that is what led to this project. When asked about his relationship with Marvel, he stated “things [are] doing much better.”
So are you excited about a new Thanos project from Marvel?