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Thanos, the Mad Titan who wields the Infinity Gauntlet and its six powerful gems does not go by all that many different names. But a revelation in a recent issue of the Thanos solo comic written by Donny Cates, with illustrations from Geoff Shaw and Antonio Febela, has thrown readers for an odd loop.

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Issue #14 of Thanos opens with its titular character reflecting on his distant pastā€”specifically the day he was born on the Saturnā€™s moon Titan to a woman named Sui-San. The day was Wednesday and everything about Thanosā€™ delivery was seemingly normal until Sui-San was able to actually look at her baby.

Unlike Sui-San, who resembled Earth humans like all other Titans, her son was born with his signature purple skin and jet-black eyes in which she could already see that he was destined to be the arbiter of the universeā€™s destruction. Understandably, seeing the end of all things almost immediately drove Sui-San mad and Thanos explains that in the final moments of her sanity, she realized her son was to be called ā€œThanos.ā€

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But this issue of Thanos also explains that before actually meeting her son, Sui-San originally intended on giving him another name he hadnā€™t heard since the day he killed her when he was 12 years old. Thanos jumps forward in time to pick up with the thread the series has been following since a badass Ghost Rider from space (with a shard of the Time Stone) showed up out of nowhere, wrapped Thanos in chains, and took him for a little joyride into the unknown.

As it turns out, this particular Ghost Rider works as a sort of herald for Thanosā€™ future self who is now seeking his younger counterpartā€™s assistance with a mysterious plan. Upon arriving in the future, Thanos immediately attacks the Ghost Rider and when his older self attempts to explain whatā€™s going on, the two begin brawlingā€”mainly because the younger Thanos refuses to believe what heā€™s being told.

It isnā€™t until the elder (and grayer) Thanos says the decidedly more...human name their mother wanted to give them that the Titansā€™ fight ceases and the younger realizes the truth. The name? Dione. Like Warwick, but with one less ā€˜n.ā€™ (Or like that other moon orbiting Saturn.)

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News of Thanosā€™ supposedly ā€œrealā€ name quickly sent fans of the series into a titter because of the sheer absurdity of it, but according to Thanos writer Donny Cates, everyone needs to chill out because Thanosā€™ name isĀ Thanos. After receiving a number of confused tweets from fans about the news, Cates took to his own account to clear things up once and for all:

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So no, there is no Dione, the Mad Titan. Only Thanosā€”and not just because thatā€™s his chosen name, itā€™s quite literally the one his mother decided to give him.