*Spoilers below for Avengers Assemble #3 and The Avengers Movie*
Actually we stated he might be on the new Guardians of the Galaxy book. That remains to be seen.
Then Avengers Assemble #2 hit, which further added to the cosmic "theory" with a tease of a big space baddie.
And now, to the surprise of just about no-one, as Bendis has been teasing on his Facebook this new direction, Avengers Assemble #3 reveals the big baddie.
And with that, Bendis "officially" goes cosmic.
The previous two issues saw the introduction of a new super team to take on the Assemblers, the Zodiac; however, the source of their power remained unknown. All we knew, was some big space baddie was bent on collecting earth's more cosmic and powerful artifacts, the Ultimate Nullifier being one.
Avengers Assemble #3 sees the likes of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Hawkeye going at it against these new-foes aboard the Hellicarrier.
As to be expected, and per the title, very similar to The Avengers movie. And I would even say pretty similar to DnA's recent episode of Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes on Disney XD as well, with Tony trying to detect the unknown power source (cosmic). In this particular instance, the power source was being transmitted to the Zodiac, giving the evil-doers their super cosmic powers.
The Hulk manages to kick the crud out of one, an older guy with a heart condition. With that, the Assemblers realize these villains can be taken down. And Iron Man finally knows how to turn the Zodiac powers off.
And that's when the cosmic stuff hits the fan.
As Captain America demands the name of their puppet master, a cosmic bomb drops out of the sky!
Thor is ever-ready to take on this vile threat!
But can he take on — the Mad Titan Thanos!
Just an issue ago we heard that Thanos was seemingly changing his ways. The Mad Titan mentioned for once he wanted an order to chaos, a cosmic controlled balance.
However, with the big reveal, that seems all out the door as Thanos is, indeed, back to his old ways.
Assuming this time Thanos is the real deal and not a Doctor Strange spell, last we saw of the Man Titan was in Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's The Thanos Imperative. The head honchos at Marvel demanded the end of Marvel Cosmic as we know it, and with that, Thanos, Star-Lord and Nova were all swept up by the Cosmic Cube, seemingly gone for good.
But things we ever-a-changin' as Marvel knew that their movies were going cosmic. The Avengers movie features Thanos, and a new Guardians of the Galaxy movie is in the works. Director Joss Whedon loves Thanos, Adam Warlock and Jim Starlin, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige loves the cosmic space stuff.
So, in turn, Marvel launches Avengers Assemble right in line with The Avengers movie. Bendis and Marvel even messed up, and made the Hulk more like Ruffalo's version, but do try to make up for it - sorta - in issue #3. Marvel's "big" Point One issue saw the introduction of the new Kid Spider-Man Nova as well as the first Infinite Comic by Mark Waid.
So in Avengers Assemble #3, Thanos stands revealed, as does a new era of Marvel Cosmic by Brian Michael Bendis and Jeph Loeb.