Thanos Ongoing Is Coming To An End With April’s #18

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The popular Thanos ongoing series from Marvel is ending with issue #18 in April, but not for the reasons many readers would expect.

In April, Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters everywhere. It promises to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to new heights and bring the ongoing Infinity Stones storyline to a close. It will also properly introduce Thanos to moviegoers in what is promising to make the Mad Titan one of the most popular villains in the history of the MCU.

So of course, the Thanos ongoing series from Marvel Comics is coming to an end the same month.

Yep, you read that right. Marvel is brining the curtain down on the Thanos series with issue #18. This is after the ongoing has become a huge sleeper hit for the publisher and was looking to break wide open with the release of the third Avengers film. In addition, the Cosmic Ghost Rider, who was introduced in the series, has become a break out character for Marvel to the point where he is getting a miniseries of his own.

So why cancel the series? Turns out it was the decision of the Thanos creative team of writer Donny Cates and artist Geoff Shaw and not low sales, as some would expect.

Cates went on Twitter to explain that ending the series with issue #18 is a creative decision that serves future plot points down the road.

Cover for Thanos #18

Cates also implores his readers to cheer up and get ready to be amazed by all the books Marvel has on tap for the rest of the year, many of which will be written by him.

Of course, no one should be shocked by anything the Big Two do anymore. DC infamously cancelled their Supergirl ongoing a few months before her television series made it’s debut on CBS. And Marvel has a long history of not be able to translate their movie success into increased comic book sales.

One has to wonder why.

Said no one ever.

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For you Thanos fans out there, don’t worry. The Mad Titan will be a prominent player in Marvel’s current super mega crossover event Infinity Countdown and can also be seen in Jim Starlin and Alan Davis’ graphic novel Thanos: The Infinity Conflict in November.

But for you readers of Thanos, it looks like the ride is over. At least, for now.

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