Concerning weaponry, you can’t do much better than the actual, changing, ultra-powerful impressions of the Infinity Gauntlet. Yet Avengers: Endgame story involved a Thanos that had not gained any Infinity Stones yet, so he wanted a weapon to use for his brute strength. So we saw a double-sided, ultra-fortified sword in the Mad Titan, but Thanos could have a very different Avenger: Endgame weapon.
Avengers: Infinity War saw Nidavellir creating the Stormbreaker and Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos used the gauntlet to use all six Stones of Infinity to wash out half of life throughout the universe. Thor had Eitri make Stormbreaker as a “Thanos-killing” weapon, which was more powerful than a completed gauntlet. Avengers: Endgame was also perfect for Stormbreaker when Thor used it to cut Thanos’ head. Nevertheless, a warrior version of Thanos from 2014 came back to the story and carried a mighty sword with him. It was powerful enough to resist Stormbreaker and break the shield of Cap.
More warrior #Thanos options for #avengersendgame A dream project for sure! @jsmarantz did his final awesome armor design and @ryan_meinerding_art designed his overall amazing look for #infinitywar . #mcu #marvelstudios #conceptart #comicbookmovies pic.twitter.com/H7t5RMRZdx
— Ian Joyner (@IanJoynerArt) January 9, 2020
The Double-Sided Sword
Instead of his double-sided sword, Thanos could, as seen by the Marvel Studios visual development supervisor Ian Joyner’s tweet, have wielded an Axe in Avengers: Endgame. Thanos looks incredibly impressive in this picture. It gives a completely different feeling with its different armor and axis in hand than the Thanos we ultimately saw in the final film.
Thanos looks here confident like he is about to enter the arena as a lifetime champion. If it weren’t his purple skin, with this medieval-style, he almost wouldn’t look alien. With one hand holding the axis, Thanos also remembers God of War Kratos holding his Leviathan axis. The Crazy Titan looks like he could do that thing seriously.
The armor itself is also very different from what we got in Avengers: Endgame. The armor is black with gold accents, while the armor in the film was more gold. The style is also special, and each has a unique feel with different lines. Ian Joyner looks a little more like the one we see here like it’s designed to combat me, while Endgame’s armor seems a little more formal.
Axe Or Sword?
I don’t know that I prefer Thanos Avengers: Endgame between Axe and sword, but I think I can understand why they’ve finally gone with the latter. First, Thanos would not have been the only one on the battlefield spinning a limb. Thor had Stormbreaker in Avengers: Infinity War, and there might have been too many two characters with an axis. The sword gave something new to the audience.
Thanos’s sword also works better from a realistic point of view. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, he faces Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man, in part, due to a double-sided sword, which allows him to attack and defend on either side. The pole would not have been able to do this. Thanos looks a little more like a handful due to his spear.
And as the Axe looks more brutal, the sword appears more alien and lethal than the type of galactic tyrant and self-proclaimed savior.