Avengers: Infinity War's Big Battle Will Take Place Somewhere We Didn't Expect

Thanos makes his arrival in Avengers: Infinity War.
Image: Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel Studios)

It turns out the giant planet we’ve seen Thanos and Iron Man duking it out on in the Infinity War trailer isn’t quite what we thought it was.

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Entertainment Weekly’s bevy of coverage about the movie this week gave us a glimpse at a moment from this lavish fight that we’ve only seen described to us, as part of closed-door airings of Infinity War footage at D23 and San Diego Comic-Con: a shot of Thanos using the might of the Infinity Gauntlet to literally fling a moon at Earth’s mightiest heroes.

That’s no moon... oh wait, no, sorry, it totally is.
That’s no moon... oh wait, no, sorry, it totally is.
Photo: Marvel Studios (Entertainment Weekly)

Speculation about the atmosphere of the orange-hued world and the ruins we can see in the background had theories swirling that this location could’ve been a destroyed Xandar, the planetary home of the Nova Corps last seen safeguarding the Power Stone. But according to the report, it’s actually Titan, Thanos’ home.

Now, both in the real world and in the Marvel Comics universe, Titan is one of Saturn’s 62 moons, with the addition of it being the site of Thanos’ home colony of Eternals in the comics. But when explaining how the Titan of the MCU was ruined by an incident that drove Thanos to hunt for the stones, Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige definitely refers to it as planet, which presumably means it’s located well outside our solar system:

He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that. What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.


...or he could just be misspeaking. It happens!

Wherever this Titan comes from, it doesn’t rule out our most beloved recent Infinity War theory that Titan could actually be the missing Soul Stone... or at least it doesn’t yet. After all, it’d be the place Thanos least expects it to be! No doubt we’ll learn more of the Mad Titan’s motivations as we get closer to Avengers: Infinity War’s April 27 release date.


James is a News Editor at io9, where you can find him delivering your morning spoilers, writing about superheroes, and having many feelings about Star Wars. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!



If it’s true that the MCU’s Thanos is driven by having been unable to prevent a huge number of people from dying, that’s a pretty drastic departure from his persona in the comics, wherein he literally worshiped death and killed half the galaxy.