‘Avengers 4’: More of Jim Starlin’s Characters Will Appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Jim Starlin is most well-known by Marvel fans for his work on the cosmic side of Marvel Comics, being the creator of Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos. But at a recent convention, Starlin just revealed that Thanos isn’t going to be the only one of his characters to appear in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.


According to Super Bro Movies, Starlin confirmed at a panel that he’s receiving a special credit for multiple characters that appear in the fourth Avengers movie during his appearance at the Puerto Rico Comic Con. Starlin naturally didn’t confirm who those characters are (aside from Thanos being a given), nor did he state if he got to film the cameo appearance that he wanted. It’s entirely possible that only one new character of his will appear, but given that there’s a lot of material of his that Avengers 4 cold draw off of, fans should probably expect multiple new characters.


Some of the most likely candidates for a role (or roles) include members of Thanos’s extended family: A’Lars, his father (who was mentioned by name in Infinity War); Sui-San, his mother; Eros, his brother; and Terraxia, a female companion he created for himself in the original The Infinity Gauntlet event. Starlin has also created the Earth-based martial arts hero Shang-Chi, and a number of cosmic entities, including Death (who Thanos hopelessly tries to court the favor of); while the former is a long-shot, the latter is so intrinsically tied to who the comic book version of Thanos is that an appearance seems like it wouldn’t be out of the question, even if his motivations in the MCU aren’t the same as his comic book counterpart.


Aside from Thanos, Starlin has made a few Marvel characters who have now appeared on film, including core Guardians of the Galaxy members Gamora and Drax the Destroyer. It’s incredibly likely that we’ll see more of his characters appear in the setting with Captain Marvel and its inevitable sequels, along with Adam Warlock’s eventual introduction into the MCU after Avengers 4.