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‘Avengers Alliance’ heads to ‘Infinity’ — but who is that mystery man?

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Note: This post could contain SPOILERS for Marvel’s Infinity, so read at your own risk.

Marvel and Playdom’s popular Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance has been chugging along since early 2012, drafting new SHIELD recruits, teaming them with various Marvel characters and sending them on the hunt for SHIELD points and silver as they fight through the ranks of Marvel’s baddest villains.

In addition to the regular game, players are also treated to special operations every so often, which are sometimes based on storylines from the comics — like the recent one that drew from Dark Reign. Each special operation is typically limited to about three weeks, and if you complete all the mission objectives during that time, you unlock a new playable character — past missions have allowed you to unlock Emma Frost, Magik, Hank Pym, Vision and, most recently, Ares, among others. Occasionally they’ll also have you collect lockboxes that, through a process that’s probably long and boring to anyone who doesn’t play the game (and can be extremely frustrating for those of us who do), lets you gain a second character for your rather large team of Avengers. So far those characters have all been characters who have been both heroes and villains during their career — Magneto, Juggernaut and Elektra, for example.

Their latest special operation kicked off earlier today and, like the big Avengers vs. X-Men one from last year, draws from Marvel’s current event series, Infinity … or at least the Earth-based parts of Infinity. Thanos and his crew of bad guys have hit Earth demanding a tribute, and so far there’s no reference to any big interstellar battles, but then again it’s still early. This mission comes with the opportunity to unlock two new playable characters, and at this point I should probably throw up a SPOILERS WARNING because I think they may have spoiled one of the upcoming plot points from the miniseries.

The first character, who you get if you complete all 25 tasks, is Black Bolt — a welcome addition to my ever-growing Avengers army:

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(Now if they just add Namor we’ll have all the Illuminati members to choose from when we throw down with the bad guys).

This mission also includes a “lockbox” character … a character I don’t think I’ve ever seen before who goes by the name Thane:

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Could this be the son of Thanos who Ebony Maw and the rest of the Black Order are looking for? Given that the mission so far has kept with the “Kill all your young men for us” theme from the comic:

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My guess is yes. Of course, maybe we’re actually getting Thane Ector as a playable character. He’d be an odd, random addition to the roster, but then again, I never expected we’d have the likes of Thundra or Squirrel Girl, either.

Like I said, it’s still early, so I’ll be interested to see how this mission plays out.

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LOL way to spoil the reveal of Thanos’s son Facebook.

If I’m not mistaken was there not a character in Matt Fractions Thor run 3 or 4 years ago named Thane?

Back in the day there was a cosmic character called Thane Ector.

“Thane, He wants to live forever, he wants does want to die… Thane!”

Any using Marvel’s AR app has seen, or at least heard the name, Thane as well recently. It is an Infinity spoiler.

There was a Thane back in early 90s Avengers, I think story was Andy Kuberts first big gig for Marvel. But he was some kind of anthropomized virus or something that had escaped the Collector.
Of course there may be no link beyond a being word plucked from a Thesaurus

They should have added Mar-Vell and Adam Warlock to the game

On the character’s Gear-tab it says ‘Modern Thane’. The word ‘Modern’ refes to his costume, as other heroes can have ‘Classic’, ‘Modern’ and ‘Heroic Age’ costumes.

So it really could be that old Thane character with an updated visual look.

I assume that it is Thanos’s son and that “Thane” is just a take on “Thanos”.

SPOILERS:

It is the son of Thanos, not any previous character. The character was just(barely) introduced in New Avengers #10, but has yet to undergo the terrigan mists. The version shown in M:AA is most likely what he will look like post-Terrigan. Having unlocked and leveled him in game, he is very powerful, with the ability to create shields (Amber) and to cause debilitating effects on enemies in-game. If these abilities match what he will be able to do in the comics remains to be seen.

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