Lemire and Deodato would continue their story of a weakened Thanos when he comes face to face with his own son, Thane. Thanos would break free of the Shi’ar prison only to to be met by his Thane, who is now empowered by the Phoenix Force. Thane had previously recruited Thanos’ brother Starfox, Nebula, and Tryco Slatterus to steal the Phoenix Egg from Terrax. Unbeknownst to his partners, Thane was working with Lady Death to gain the power of the Phoenix Force to use against Thanos. Lady Death is also the entity behind Thanos’ weakness. Once Thane confronts Thanos, he uses the full might of his newly acquired Phoenix Force powers to completely blast Thanos and turn him into just a mere mortal without any of his powers.