Thanos is no longer an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there remains a big unanswered question about his past actions.
the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now over with the Infinity Saga and therefore Thanos has been left behind, but this universe still has a big unanswered question about the Mad Titan and one of its most important alliances. The first three phases of the MCU saw the formation of the Avengers and Thanos’ quest to acquire the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet, with the goal of erasing half of life in the universe to “bring balance to it.” “. Thanos’ presence was felt early in the MCU as he made his first appearance on the post-credits scene of The Avengers, and he became the main villain in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
However, prior to his first appearance in an MCU movie, Thanos was shown to be the mastermind behind the plans of other villains and therefore was the real villain in some stories. Thanos made alliances with Loki and Ronan the Accuser, with the goal of retrieving some of the Infinity Stones, specifically the Space Stone (contained in the Tesseract) and the Power Stone (contained in the Orb ). Thanos was also the spirit behind the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers, led by Loki, and which did not turn out as the Mad Titan had expected as it cost him not only the Space Stone but also the Spirit Stone (kept in the Scepter), and Loki was no longer on his side after this battle.
The post-credits scene in The Avengers not only confirmed Thanos’ presence in the MCU, but revealed that the Chitauri don’t serve Loki but Thanos, and Avengers: Infinity War later showed that they had worked together for years. The Chitauri accompanied Thanos when he attacked Zen-Whoberi, where the Chitauri killed half the population as part of Thanos’ idea of balancing the universe. However, everything else about the Chitauri and their alliance with Thanos is a mystery, and a mystery that might not be resolved now that the two have been left behind and the MCU moves forward with other characters, events and concepts, like the multiverse.
The Chitauri are a race of sentient reptilian warriors who are also a hybrid between organic beings and machines. They operate under hive mind intelligence controlled by a mothership, and although they were born as fully organic beings, they are cybernetically enhanced at an early age with electronic neural networks and armor fused into their bodies – but who exactly is responsible for these improvements remains unknown. It’s also unclear how their alliance with Thanos started, as he surely promised them something in return for their service and loyalty. Now with Avengers: Endgame branching off the timeline, in the alternate where 2014 Thanos and his armies invaded Earth, Chitauri’s army disintegrated with the Mad Titan following Iron Man’s break-up, but in the main timeline, we doesn’t know what happened to them and who they serve now that Thanos is gone (as he was beheaded by Thor in the main timeline).
This leaves the door somewhat open for the return of the Chitauri at some point in future phases of the MCU, but with Thanos now left in the past, this universe is unlikely to solve the mysteries of how their alliance started, where the Chitauri really came from and who is behind their upgrades, but it could show who they serve now and do them part of this universe again.
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