Titans’ Superman Debut Follows The MCU’s Thanos Formula

The following contains spoilers for Titans Season 4, Episodes 1 and 2, “Lex Luthor” and “Mother Mayhem,” now streaming on HBO Max.

One of the developments that fans are eager to see in Titans Season 4 is Conner Kent meeting Superman. Lex Luthor has been introduced to Metropolis before, but he’s not the reason Superboy is here. Conner comes to visit Kal-El after Bruce Wayne sets up the meeting in favor of Dick and the Titans.


Unfortunately, the Man of Steel doesn’t show up, which disappoints Conner. He would like to know the Kryptonian from whom he obtained half of his DNA, but he understands that Kal-El is saving part of the galaxy from the collapse of a white dwarf. However, there is still something positive to take away, because it is clear Titans Cleverly follows the Thanos approach used by Marvel Studios, setting up a big payoff later.

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The MCU Made Thanos Slow Burn

The Marvel Cinematic Universe didn’t rush its Thanos, initially showing Damion Poitier as the villain in 2012 The avengers. In time, the studio would alter the Mad Titan’s look, bring on Josh Brolin, and cast him in cameos setting up his mission. This, of course, being the assembly of the Infinity Stones for his Infinity Gauntlet, which would be unleashed fully in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.

It was a five-year journey that added anticipation and anticipation to the MCU, showing little but revealing a lot in these brief snippets. The approach worked wonders because the moment Thanos arrived fans were shocked at how he defeated the Hulk, injured many Asgardians (including Thor), and then began his quest to finally break half of all the life. Simply put, it was mysterious and patient storytelling with a great climax.

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Superman’s approach to the Titans is also brilliantly patient

Admittedly, one might be annoyed by how Superman ghosted Connor after the invitation to come to Star Labs. He could have called, left a voicemail, or video-chatted. Considering all the ways he could have communicated, a letter seems dismissive, especially after Bruce acts as a go-between. This sideways move, however, works because Superman’s absence, amid numerous Kal-El references, allows Conner’s crew to use the Daily Planet to investigate Lex. Their dig brings more LexCorp work under the microscope and sows seeds for Conner to wonder which “daddy” to trust, while allowing Star Labs to shine.

The lab tests the heroes’ powers and bodies, while giving Conner a peek into space to see Kal as a literal inspiring light, saving various worlds. At this point, it’s not about technology and a science show; it’s a wonder how Superman truly is that inspiring beacon of hope in the entire cosmos. There’s also a visual cutaway, with a spotted Superman statue, that everyone – including Dick – loves, proving he’s a legend to all, just like in the comics.

In the end, these breadcrumbs further hype Superman’s arrival and make up for it by leaving behind a stingy apology note. With Lex dying and Conner somewhat blamed by humanity, his absence also allows Superboy to become disenchanted, framing an emotional family conflict of abandonment and whether humanity is worth trusting when Kal-El returns home. home. It’s a development that shouldn’t be rushed, especially since Conner seeing cameos, Easter eggs or quick shots of Kal – just like what fans saw with Thanos – produces the right amount of tension. and teasing that will soon debut a laser-focused similar to Marvel’s villainous Titan. It’s an introduction that might leave Conner more cynical than many realize.

New episodes of Titans debut Thursday on HBO Max.

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