Marvel Comics has been putting in a huge push for Thanos in comics ever since his appearance in the wildly popular "The Avengers" film. In addition to Thanos' upcoming appearance in "Avengers Assemble" #7, the publisher announced "Thanos: Son of Titan" shortly before Comic-Con International -- written by Joe Keatinge with art by "Journey Into Mystery" artist Richard Elson -- that would explore the origin of the Mad Titan. However, it looks as though fans may not get to experience the beginnings of Marvel's cosmic villain. Reports from both Kabooooom.com and Newsarama confirm the upcoming series has been cancelled.
The cancellation was announced with little fanfare in the July 26 Marvel Mailer, the Marvel Comics newsletter sent to retailers to inform them of last-minute changes and additions to the publishing schedule.
"There's a lot about this guy I'm excited to explore," Keatinge told CBR before CCI 2012. "It's not every day people are inspired to wipe out an entire universe, achieve god-hood and so on, all to court a woman who just happens to be the personification of Death. It's on record he annihilated a good chunk of his own race, but he somehow remains calculated, methodical, and retains the belief he's noble. Like Doctor Doom, I think he's a guy who believes his intentions are just, as messed up as that is. The idea of seeing how he ends up there, especially having been born from a scientific, peaceful utopia, really intrigues me."
Although it's unknown what caused the cancellation of the upcoming "Son of Titan" miniseries, there were rumors Thanos creator Jim Starlin planned to take Marvel to court after he posted an early drawing of the villain on his Facebook account and due to comments made during an interview with The L.A. Times in May.
"It’s nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen. Joss Whedon and his crew did an excellent job on “The Avengers” movie and I look forward to the sequel, for obvious reasons," Starlin told The L.A. Times. "But this is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it -- the Infinity Gauntlet in “Thor” being the other -- and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them. Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn’t appear to be part of the equation."
CBR contacted Marvel, which had no comment, and writer Joe Keatinge, who could not be reached by the time of press.
"For those interested, plans have changed on Thanos. Nothing too dramatic, we just jumped the gun a big," Wacker said via Twitter. "Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson both have projects coming up in the Spidey office that we'll be announcing soon. They're bloody great!"