(CBR) [SPOILER WARNING: THIS INTERVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR "INFINITY" #2, AVAILABLE NOW]
Earth and its heroes may be the focal point of the Marvel Universe, but it's still part of a larger intergalactic community of planets and stellar empires. So when disaster strikes in a far corner of the cosmos there's a good chance Earth could be impacted, and events on Earth can have repercussions that ripple out light years across the galaxy. The current Marvel event series, "Infinity" is a perfect example of this. In the debut issue of the series a massive force of Avengers headed out into space to intercept the planet destroying armada of the enigmatic alien race known as the Builders, but in doing so, they accidentally opened the door for an invasion of Earth by the forces of the intergalactic mass murderer known as Thanos.
In issue #2 of the "Infinity" miniseries by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Dustin Weaver the two fronts of this intergalactic war heated up as the Avengers and their allies in Shi'ar Imperial Guard confronted a Builders' attack force and discovered a horrifying weapon in the aliens' arsenal, and Thanos made a demand of the Earth-based Inhumans. In today's installment of THE INFINITE WAR REPORT, we'll examine those events and more, as Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, who also edits "Infinity," joins us for some insight and commentary into "Infinity" #2.
CBR News: Tom, let's kick off by talking about Thanos' assault team that launched an attack on the Peak, the headquarters of S.W.O.R.D. We saw in "Infinity" #1 that Thanos had a man inside S.W.O.R.D. I'm curious, though, how big is his infiltration of that organization?
Tom Brevoort: I don't think S.W.O.R.D. is riddled with Thanos operatives and thralls. Nor does it really need to be. You've got somebody there, who as we saw in "Infinity" #1, essentially passed some information along. It's certainly easier for Thanos' guys to get into the Peak if somebody opens the door, but they're also entirely capable of finding a way in through brute force if that became necessary.
So it's not like what the Skrulls did to S.H.I.E.L.D. in "Secret Invasion?"
Right. He's got at least one, possibly even two, agents inside the organization, but it's not as if the infrastructure of S.W.O.R.D. has been completely compromised by Thanos' agents.
Are these agents assaulting the Peak human? Or are they human looking aliens like say the people of Spartax or the pink skinned Kree?
I would presume that everybody that is within Thanos' ranks are from other worlds. Exactly what worlds these guys are from is not specified here. They could be pink-skinned Kree or from dozens of other worlds. Ultimately, if you took X-rays their internal physiology might be very different than a human being's, but they can pass for human.
It's not impossible that there are humans within Thanos' ranks, but I wouldn't expect that there would be very many at all and they'd probably be holdovers from other adventures in the past. We haven't really seen that anywhere else. So my instinct is to say that these guys are probably otherworldly, but if tomorrow a story came along that showed one of them was actually Joe Schlabotnik from Hackensack [Laughs] and how he got involved with Thanos, that wouldn't be completely beyond the pale.
Thanos' infiltration of S.W.O.R.D. begs the question of what other organizations might he have followers in, say the Kree military or the Shi'ar Imperial Guard? Can you comment on that at all? Is that a good question to be asking right now?
It's a fair question, and it's not unreasonable that he might have sympathetic people within the big galactic powers of the universe. I don't know how relevant they might be to the specific objectives he has right now, which are very Earth-centric, but having seen that he has followers in S.W.O.R.D. it's not unreasonable that he might have agents in whatever the equivalent of S.W.O.R.D. is in the Shi'ar Empire, among the Kree, what's left off the warlord tribes of the Skrulls, the Spartax, or any number of other worlds. That's a definite possibility.
The soldiers that attack the Peak and the ones that later accompany Corvus Glaive to his meeting with the Inhumans appear to be pretty fanatical. I know Thanos' organization is made up of some pretty diverse followers, but how loyal and dangerous are the fanatics in the organization? And what is about Thanos that inspires such fanaticism?
I think Thanos has always been a fairly magnetic and forceful personality. Plus there's the fact that he claims to be so closely allied or in service to Death, and he's appeared to have gone to his final reward on multiple occasions only to come back from it. So he's often described as the Mad Titan but he's more akin to a God of Asgard. I suspect that some of his followers view him almost as a deity; the closest thing you're going to find to a god among the cosmos.
So yes, I think Thanos' troops are very nihilistic and battle hardened and most of them are ready to lay their lives down in Thanos' service. Certainly nobody that was in that scene in the Inhuman Royal Court hesitated when the command came to not just to die, but to die in order to prove the point that those in the service of Thanos can't be threatened with death because they embrace it. Death is their credo! So they're a very different sort of a problem for the Inhumans and the heroes of Earth to grapple with.
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