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Thanos was an imposing character in Avengers: Infinity War, but he looks even more imposing sans shirt. A new art book dedicated to Avengers: Infinity War is set to be released this week and an early look at some of the pages includes concept art of Thanos that presents him with wearing nothing above the waist. Impending Tumblr explosion in 3...2...1.
The new book, titled Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War - The Art of the Movie (via Twitter user @adaspidey) dives deep into all the various different ideas that were presented for pretty much every character who appears in the massive Marvel team-up movie, but for obvious reasons, the internet is getting very excited about shirtless Thanos.
We see Thanos transition visually over the course of the film. When we first see him in the opening sequence of Avengers: Infinity War Thanos is fully clothed and also wearing a decent amount of armor. Over the course of the film, as Thanos picks up Infinity Stones, the armor goes away. The man is becoming more confident in his power and thus the armor is no longer necessary. It seems that this image would indicate that the idea was that Thanos might have become so powerful near the end of Infinity War that he didn't feel he needed so much as a shirt.
The image of shirtless Thanos also reveals that the Titan hadn't made it through all of his various battles without a few scars. We saw sleeveless Thanos in the final version of Avengers: Infinity War, so we saw some of these scars, but it turns out he had quite a few more.
How we'll see Thanos in the forthcoming Avengers 4 is largely unknown. He's still in possession of the Infinity Stones, but his Gauntlet is pretty thrashed, so it's not clear how useful they will be to him. He could end up back in his full armor if he needs it to fight off the Avengers, or we could end up actually seeing shirtless Thanos in the new movie. He's apparently retired to a small shack near a lake someplace, so if he wants to walk around without clothes on, he can likely do it now. It's not like he has to be presentable for anybody.
While Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 were filmed back-to-back, and thus a lot of things, like character design and costume, were likely done for both films at the same time, it's unlikely that much of what can be found in the new book will be particularly useful spoilers. Any character designs that are being used in the new film were almost certainly left out of this one so that fans wouldn't get an early look. Having said that, we should be getting a look at what all the Marvel heroes will look like in Avengers 4 soon, as the first trailer should be hitting soon.