For Thanos' cosmic hideout, see Sanctuary

"Father wants us back on the ship."
Gamora to Nebula[src]

The Sanctuary II[1] was a massive warship commanded by Thanos that served as his flag ship from which he carried out his life-long mission to eliminate half of all life in the universe.

History

Massacre of the Zehoberei

When Thanos' forces invaded Zen-Whoberi, the Sanctuary II hovered above the capital city.[2]

Quest for the Orb

In 2014, the Sanctuary II was used as an orbital base as the Black Order attacked Korbin.[3]

Attack on Thanos

"Some time ago, your sister snuck aboard this ship to kill me."
Thanos to Gamora[src]

In order to get her revenge, Nebula snuck aboard the Sanctuary II to try and kill Thanos. Though she came close to accomplishing her goal, she was found out and chained in one of the ship's detention rooms under the guard of Chitauri.[2]

Attack on the Statesman

The Sanctuary II tracked down the Statesman carrying the Asgardian survivors of Ragnarök, so Thanos and the Black Order could attack them.[4] In keeping with his philosophy, Thanos allowed half of the Asgardians, led by Valkyrie, to flee in the escape pods, before the Black Order slew the other half.[5] Once he inserted the Space Stone into the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos used the Power Stone to destroy the Statesman as he teleported himself and his children back to the ship.[2]

Sacrifice of Gamora

After Thanos obtained the Reality Stone and kidnapped Gamora on Knowhere, he used the Space Stone to teleport both of them to the Sanctuary II. While in the ship's throne room, Thanos revealed to Gamora that he knew all along that she learned the location of the Soul Stone years ago. Revealing the captured Nebula, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to torture her until Gamora confessed that the Soul Stone was on Vormir.

After Thanos and Gamora went to Vormir to obtain the Soul Stone, a Chitauri reassembled Nebula's cybernetics and was killed when she faked a malfunction and took it by surprise. After escaping from her captivity, Nebula contacted Mantis and requested that she and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy meet her on Titan, knowing that the members of Thanos' Black Order would meet him there once they found the Time Stone and Mind Stone. Nebula then took a Necrocraft and left the Sanctuary II to meet her allies on Titan.[2]

Alternate Timeline

Kidnapping Nebula

"Her synaptic drive was probably damaged in battle."
"Bring her to my ship."
Gamora and Thanos[src]

In an alternate 2014, Thanos used the Sanctuary II as an orbital base to attack Korbin. Upon learning that Ronan the Accuser had discovered the location of the Power Stone on Morag, Thanos teleported onto Gamora and Nebula's Q-Ship, intending to dispatch them to the Dark Aster and oversee Ronan before Nebula's implants synchronized with those of her 2023 self, who had traveled to the alternate past with War Machine to steal the Power Stone.

Intrigued by the recording's mention of the Power Stone, Thanos ordered Nebula brought to the Sanctuary II for a diagnostic. There, Ebony Maw discovered the time travel occurrence and anchored 2023 Nebula in their time by causing her systems to malfunction, even as War Machine took the Power Stone to 2023. Though the Sanctuary II arrived over Morag too late to claim the Power Stone, it arrived in time to beam up the future Nebula.[3]

Attack on the New Avengers Facility

Alternate 2014 Nebula took Pym Particles from her captive 2023 counterpart and presented them to Thanos, who passed the sample onto Ebony Maw for mass production, before she traveled to 2023 in her future self's place. Once there, she used the Avengers' Quantum Tunnel to transport the Sanctuary II through the Quantum Realm to the main timeline's 2023. Emerging from the quantum tunnel, the rapidly growing warship launched through the New Avengers Facility’s hangar, destroying the quantum tunnel and the hangar in the process.

Very shortly after the Blip, the Sanctuary II bombarded the New Avengers Facility with missiles, destroying it completely. Thanos then beamed down from the warship to the ruins of the facility and commanded alternate Nebula to find the Infinity Stones and deployed a group of Outriders to reinforce her.[3]

Battle of Earth

The Sanctuary II, destroyed by Captain Marvel

"What the hell is this?
"F.R.I.D.A.Y., what are they firing at?"
Falcon and Iron Man[src]

After fighting and defeating Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor, Thanos summoned the Black Order from his ship alongside a vast army, consisting of many thousands of Chitauri, Outriders, Necrocrafts, Sakaarans, Leviathans, and Chitauri Gorillas. On the verge of being killed by Wanda Maximoff, Thanos ordered Corvus Glaive to have the Sanctuary II direct its energy cannons at the battlefield in order to distract her and save himself. This bombardment stopped Maximoff from killing Thanos, but it also destroyed a nearby dam, forcing Stephen Strange to leave the battle in order to prevent a flood.

However, it also resulted in massive casualties among Thanos' own forces, while the Avengers and their allies emerged much better off thanks to shields conjured by the Masters of the Mystic Arts. The Sanctuary II then detected the approach of Captain Marvel from space and directed its fire at her as she descended, but the ship's cannons had no effect on her. Captain Marvel crashed through the ship's bow and wings, functionally destroying it and sending it crashing down to Earth. What remained of the Sanctuary II was reduced to dust when Iron Man used the Infinity Stones to destroy Thanos and his army.[3]

Capabilities

Thanos confronting Gamora about her past in the ship's throne room.

The Sanctuary II was a one-ship fleet, heavily armed and well supported. At least four Q-Ships could dock with it at a time in two massive bays located under its lower wings.

The ship also contained a massive throne room within it for Thanos' use. It also contained detention rooms, such as the one Thanos used to detain Nebula after her failed attempt to assassinate him.

Just like most of Thanos' equipment, the Sanctuary II seems to be assembled from a combination of organic and mechanical components. This is demonstrated by the ship's appearance, wherein the hull appears to be constructed out of rock material within which mechanical components such as its offensive and propulsion systems are intergrated.

Offensive and Defensive Capabilities

The Sanctuary II was armed with very powerful heavy laser cannons capable of decimating a planet with ease.

The ship could also hold a multitude of Leviathans, Chitauri Chariots, and Necrocraft as well, which could be deployed from under its hull. It also contained hundreds of thousands of Chitauri, Sakaarans, and Outriders, along with hundreds of Outrider Dropships, and Chitauri Tanks.

Trivia

  • The fate of the ship in the original timeline remains unknown as Thanos abandoned it after he activated the Snap and subsequently retired to the Garden, no longer needing the ship as a base of operations due to having finally accomplished his life's mission to eliminate half of all life in the universe.

Behind the Scenes

  • The Sanctuary II was referred during the production process as Thanos' H-Ship.[6]

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