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For Thanos' cosmic hideout, see Sanctuary

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

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

The Sanctuary II above Zen-Whoberi

The Sanctuary II hovered above Zen-Whoberi when Thanos and his army invaded it.[2]

Quest for the Orb

The Sanctuary II by Korbin

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

Attack on Thanos

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

Nebula snuck aboard the Sanctuary II to try and kill her father. Though she came close to accomplishing her goal, she was found and chained in one of the detention rooms under the guard of Chitauri.[2]

Attack on the Statesman

The Sanctuary II finds the Statesman

In 2018, the Sanctuary II found the Statesman carrying the Asgardian survivors of Ragnarök.[4]

The Sanctuary II preparing to leave

Thanos allowed half of them, led by Valkyrie, to flee in escape pods, before the Black Order killed the others.[5] After claiming the Space Stone, Thanos used the Power Stone to destroy the Statesman and teleported himself and the Black Order to the Sanctuary II.[2]

Sacrifice of Gamora

Thanos and Gamora inside the Sanctuary II

Later, Thanos used the Space Stone to teleport himself and Gamora to the Sanctuary II. While in the throne room, Thanos revealed to Gamora that he knew that she had learned the location of the Soul Stone. Revealing he had Nebula captive, Thanos used the Infinity Stones to torture her until Gamora admitted that the Soul Stone was on Vormir and he and Gamora left the ship.

Nebula inside the Sanctuary II

A Chitauri reassembled Nebula's cybernetics and was killed when she faked a malfunction and took it by surprise. Nebula then contacted Mantis and requested that she and the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy meet her on Titan. Nebula then took a Necrocraft and escaped the Sanctuary II.[2]

Alternate Universe Versions

Brought Into the Future

Kidnapping Nebula

Thanos in Sanctuary II

"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. After Nebula's implants synchronized with those of her original timeline counterpart, who had time-traveled to this alternate 2014, Thanos docked Nebula and Gamora's Q-Ship onto the Sanctuary II. Inside the Sanctuary II, Ebony Maw discovered that another Nebula was now in their timeline, with Thanos discovering that his main timeline version had succeeded with the Snap and that the Avengers were in his timeline now to gather the Infinity Stones to resurrect the lives lost.

Sanctuary II captures Nebula

The Sanctuary II then arrived over Morag and beamed up the main Nebula, along with the Benatar's Space Pod.[3]

Attack on the New Avengers Facility

Sanctuary II launches out of Quantum Realm

Inside the Sanctuary II, Nebula took Pym Particles from Nebula and presented them to Thanos, who passed the sample onto Ebony Maw for mass production, before she traveled to 2023 of the main timeline. Once there, she used the Quantum Tunnel to transport the Sanctuary II there through the Quantum Realm. Emerging from the Quantum Tunnel, the Sanctuary II launched through the New Avengers Facility’s hangar, destroying the Quantum Tunnel and the hangar in the process.

Sanctuary II destroys New Avengers Facility

Right after the Blip, the Sanctuary II bombarded the New Avengers Facility with missiles, destroying it. Thanos then beamed down to the ruins of the facility and deployed a group of Outriders from the Sanctuary II.[3]

Battle of Earth

Sanctuary II deploys Thanos' army

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

Eventually, Thanos summoned the Black Order, Chitauri, Outriders, Necrocrafts, Sakaarans, Leviathans, and Chitauri Gorillas from the Sanctuary II to engage in the battle.

Sanctuary II fires airstrikes

On the verge of being killed by Wanda Maximoff, Thanos ordered Corvus Glaive to have the Sanctuary II fire its cannons on the ground in order to save himself. This bombardment of airstrikes stopped Maximoff, but it also destroyed a nearby dam and resulted in massive casualties among Thanos' own army.

Sanctuary II destroyed by Captain Marvel

Shortly, the Sanctuary II detected the approach of Captain Marvel from space and directed its fire up at her as she arrived, but the energy cannons had no effect on her. She crashed through the Sanctuary II bow and wings, functionally destroying it and sending it crashing to the ground. What remained of the Sanctuary II was reduced to dust when Tony Stark, using the Infinity Stones, killed 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 integrated.

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.

Appearances for the Sanctuary II

In chronological order:

Trivia

To be added

Behind the Scenes

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

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