Avengers: Infinity War is fast approaching – it'll feature the biggest superhero mash-up probably ever, bringing together all the different elements of the MCU so far. We wouldn't be surprised if it turned out WE were in Infinity War.
Meet Thanos then, the giant purple headed gatherer of the Infinity Stones who poses a major threat to the galaxy. Big stuff.
So it was with slight surprise that we learned the latest development in the Thanos mythos.
New comic Thanos #14 by Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, Antonio Fabela and Clayton Cowles (as reported by CBR.com) has given us a new glimpse of the supervillain's backstory – including the name his mother Sui-San had chosen for him before she was driven mad, decided instead to give him the name Thanos and, horrified, tried to kill him at birth.
And it's um, not especially terrifying. Yep, Thanos's original birth name was in fact going to be Dione.
In Greek mythology, the name Dione translates as 'Goddess', and in several myths she is the mother of the god of love Aphrodite (or Venus in the Roman version), which is several steps away from the persona of the Thanos we're familiar with.
Fans on Twitter seem unsure of what to make of this, with readers responding with comments like "I refuse to accept that Thanos' name is Dione," and: "I've been reading comics for most of my life and at no point in time did I even consider it was possible that Thanos' birth name wasn't Thanos."
I refuse to accept that Thanos' name is Dione. https://t.co/rr6s2AVTB0- Matthew Gilpin (@matthewwgilpin) January 2, 2018
I've been reading comics for most of my life and at no point in time did I even consider it was possible that Thanos' birth name wasn't Thanos. https://t.co/Eh0SdxjJ9k- David Harper (@slicedfriedgold) January 2, 2018
I kind of want to read a comic now where Thanos meets people and is like, "Hi, I'm Thanos...but my friends call me Dione." *winks at camera*- David Harper (@slicedfriedgold) January 2, 2018
Whether his softer-sounding sobriquet will make it into the movies remains to be seen.
Avengers: Infinity War opens in cinemas on April 27.
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