In case you haven’t heard, the internet’s newest obsession is Star Wars’ latest and greatest character: Baby Yoda. Introduced in The Mandalorian, the infant… whatever he is has captured everyone’s hearts for being unbearably cute. Marvel thought it was a good time to jump on the baby bandwagon and decided to dust off some unused Avengers: Infinity War concept art of baby Thanos.
And folks, baby Thanos ain’t no Baby Yoda.
Yikes. No wonder Thanos became the Mad Titan. I’d be mad if I looked like that.
But joking aside though, this unused concept art suggests that Avengers: Infinity War originally had plans to dive into Thanos’ childhood and past but all this ultimately fell though, presumably because no one wanted to be traumatised by a baby Mad Titan who looks like a prune with angry eyes and veins.
There definitely wouldn’t have been any of that “aww-ing” and swooning we got at the end of The Mandalorian‘s first episode when Baby Yoda was introduced had Marvel went down the baby Thanos route that’s for sure.
Remember when Rhodey suggested in Endgame that they go back in time and kill baby Thanos? Well it’s a good thing the Avengers didn’t decide to go through with that plan because a) it’s just horrible and b) we were spared from having to look at what could pass off for a purple baby zombie.
Okay sure, we may have missed out on a Thanos coming-of-age story, but again that’s a small price to pay for being spared the pain of looking at an infant Mad Titan for the better part of two hours.
Perhaps this is all an instance of karma. Some Star Wars cosmic power saw what Marvel were cooking up with baby Thanos, thought “oh hell no” and sought to correct that imbalance by giving us Baby Yoda.
And for once, the Star Wars gods have done right by us because we now have this until the end of time (or the next baby Yoda comes along):