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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War
A lot of attention has been paid to the shiny Infinity Stones that Thanos collects in Avengers: Infinity War. The big shiny golden Infinity Gauntlet itself is pretty much ignored by comparison, even though he would have been constantly dropping the stones without it.
But the thing is, the gauntlet has a really confusing history in the MCU, and Infinity War only muddies the waters further.
The Infinity Gauntlet first appeared in the MCU in 2011’s Thor as one of the treasures in Odin’s vault on Asgard, causing fanpeeps across the world to go insane.
The problem was, it was later revealed that the Infinity Stones were still at large and that Thanos intended to collect them all, so the gauntlet in Odin’s vault couldn’t be the real one. Cue some backtracking courtesy of Thor: Ragnarok, and the people in charge suggesting that Odin created a fake to assure people of his power and that the stones were under his protection.
Then comes Avengers: Age of Ultron, whose post-credits scene showed Thanos – sick of his subordinates’ incompetence – deciding to gather the Infinity Stones ‘himself’.
So far, so just about explainable. But then along comes Infinity War to double the confusion.
Thor, Groot and Rocket arrive in Nidavellir – home of the dwarves – to find the forges dark and everyone dead except for their king, Eitri (Peter Dinklage). He reveals that Thanos invaded and forced him to create the Infinity Gauntlet.
Eitri complied, but Thanos killed everyone anyway. When he complains that aid from the Asgardians never arrived, Thor explains that they were unable to because Asgard had been destroyed.
So when was the gauntlet made? Was it some time around or before Age of Ultron, or after the events of Thor: Ragnarok which saw the destruction of Asgard? The latter would make it a far more recent acquisition for Thanos, meaning he couldn’t have had it back in Age of Ultron‘s post-credits scene.
Was said scene set years later than the rest of the movie? Or did Thanos have an older version of the gauntlet that he decided wasn’t fit for purpose? Maybe it was built when he had thinner hands and he needed to go shopping at the dwarves’ forge for a bigger size.
Nidavellir was only mentioned once prior to Infinity War, in a Thor: The Dark World prelude comic which was set earlier than Age of Ultron, so we suppose Thanos’s attack could have happened earlier than is implied. But if so, it’s a shocking indictment on Asgard in general and all-seeing Heimdall in particular if the invasion of Nidavellir – which is one of the Nine Realms of Norse mythology, let’s not forget – was completely ignored for so long.
So fess up, Thanos. Where did that gauntlet come from? And how many more do you have hanging in your closet?
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