UPDATE: Looks like we’ve been bamboozled big time. Turns out this book isn’t canon at all. sigh

Much like the Disney-era Star whose canon spans beyond the films through TV, comic books, and novels, the MCU will soon follow suit with the arrival of its first canon novel, Thanos: Titan Consumed, a book which will delve into the unseen origins of the Mad Titan. Check out the official synopsis below!

Space. Reality. Mind. Power. Time. Soul.

Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots…

Infinity Stones.

Only beings of immense power can hope to wield these stones, but for those who are worthy, the powers of a god await.

Thanos is one such being. But he wasn’t always.

Born on a doomed world and cast out by his people for his genius, physical deviancy, and pragmatic but monstrous ideas, Thanos is determined to save the galaxy from the same fate as his homeworld… no matter how many billions have to die.

Learn the origins of the most formidable foe the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, and Black Panther have ever faced—a foe whom even a group of remarkable people, pulled together to fight the battles nobody else could, will fail to stop….

Dread it. Run from it. Destiny still arrives.

Thanos is here.

The news comes courtesy of io9, who got the chance to interview the author Barry Lyga. Lyga was quizzed on his creative approach to writing such an enigmatic yet elusive character who has appeared in only a handful of films and whether the book recontextualizes his brief moments onscreen.

That was one of my main goals in the novel and, in fact, was the main reason I agreed to write it! I really hope that certain bits in the book will make people go, “Oh, so now that cool scene from that one movie is even cooler!” I really wanted to reverse-engineer those moments we’ve all seen already—in Guardians, in Avengers—and show how we got to them.

The Russos recently revealed that much of Thanos’ backstory was cut in the editing room for Avengers: Infinity War as they were deemed ‘unnecessary’ for the story they wanted to tell. Even though onscreen film canon takes precedence over anything else, it’s about time the MCU started utilizing long-form literature to tell stories that would otherwise wouldn’t have made for a sustainable comic book series.

Source: io9