Total Nerd The Most Disturbing Thanos Moments In Marvel Comics  

Zack Howe
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If you think the Mad Titan of the MCU looks menacing, you haven't been subjected to much of Thanos in Marvel comics. Some unspeakable atrocities have been committed against Thanos himself, but the worst things Thanos has ever done makes those incidents look like tickle fights. Given what we know about Avengers: Infinity War so far, it seems unlikely Thanos will do anything quite as viscerally horrifying as he does in the comics (though he may come close with Vision).

Marvel's Ultimate Universe has depicted all kinds of unsettling things, but the most disturbing Thanos moments in Marvel comics don't even depend on that alternate, gruesome reality (and that's not even considering his evil henchmen, the Black Order). 

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Thanos Smashes Sam Wilson's Head In His Hands

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Photo: Thanos #10/Marvel Comics

In case you were wondering, the sound a head makes when it is squished between two massive hands is "SPLORT." At least, that's how the gruesome death is depicted in Thanos #10 when the Mad Titan kills Falcon-turned-Captain America, Sam Wilson. This issue actually shows Thanos as a potentially heroic version of himself, but that's not Thanos.

Shortly after rejecting the vision, he takes his frustration out on poor Sam Wilson.

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Thanos Dissects His Own Mother

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Photo:  Thanos Rising/Marvel Comics

Thanos was separated from his mother, Sui-San, as an infant after she sensed the evil inside him and attempted to kill him. They did not reunite until Thanos was a full-grown adult, and as we learn in his 2013 run, Thanos Rising, their reunion didn't go well for Sui-San. Thanos dissects his mother (who was alive at the beginning of the process) in an attempt to discover an explanation for his abominable nature. 

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Thanos's Lackey Beats Spider-Man To Death

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Photo: Infinity Gauntlet #1/Marvel Comics

Infinity Gauntlet put Earth's Mightiest Heroes through hell, especially Spidey, who was brutally murdered by one of Thanos's henchmen. When the Avengers take on the Mad Titan, Terraxia assists her boss by bashing Spider-Man's skull repeatedly until the young hero dies. Spidey isn't the only one to bite the dust in the fight, but his death may be the worst.

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Thanos Turns Nebula Into A 'Living Sculpture'

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Photo: Infinity Gauntlet/Marvel Comics

The Infinity Gauntlet sees Thanos wreak havoc on pretty much everyone in the Marvel universe. He inflicts the most pain on his self-proclaimed granddaughter, Nebula. When the space pirate makes this claim of relation to Thanos, the Mad Titan repays her by transforming her into "a hideous living sculpture of pain and living death."

He laughs at her suffering before offering his progeny as a gift to the living embodiment of Death, with whom he's obsessed.

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