Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet Revealed at Comic-Con - Now What?
by Alex Billington
July 26, 2010
Holy sh*t this is a hell of a tease. As I was walking around the Comic-Con showfloor yesterday (Sunday), I stopped by Marvel's booth to snap some shots of the gigantic Thor throne on display. I also wanted to find the helmets from Thor that I heard were out, but I only came across a display case containing this beast of a glove (seen below). I took a quick photo and moved on, not thinking too much about it. Well, turns out this thing is something incredible. It's called the Infinity Gauntlet, essentially (and I'm not exaggerating) it's the most powerful weapon in the Marvel Universe, worn by the most ultimate villain (Thanos) in one series.
So wait - you're telling me Marvel just hinted that the most powerful weapon ever will probably show up in Thor? I doubt it will appear in the Captain America movie, just because they've only been shooting that for five days and this thing seems like it was a prop that was already used in Thor more than anything else. That said, this brings up so many questions, so many ideas, so many different theories as to when/how it will be used. Will Loki, the villain in Thor, use some of its infinite power? Will we see Thanos appear as a villain in The Avengers movie (or one of its sequels)? But how the heck could they ever top something like that?!
Before we go on with additional speculation, check out our photo of the Infinity Gauntlet on display below:
For those of you who aren't too familiar with Marvel stories, I suggest reading up on the Infinity Gauntlet for more info. Essentially, the wearer must collect six gems that when combined, give him ultimate power. Different combinations of the gems can allow them to do insanely epic things like warping and re-arranging space, accessing every mind in the entire universe in existence, or trapping entire worlds in un-ending loops of time. However, that seems a little insane to see in any one movie, even though we can clearly see that the Gauntlet on display (above) has all six gems in place, although only the blue one in the middle is glowing.
So, at least in the immediate future, how might we see the Infinity Gauntlet put to use? Our guess (and this is all speculation) is that it might show up in Thor to start. Maybe it's being stored at Asgard (without all of the gems) for safekeeping and Loki, the evil brother of Thor who (from the footage we saw at Comic-Con) becomes the ruler of Asgard after Odin dies, uses it in a limited capacity. If he just uses it with the blue gem (currently in the middle) he can get a boost in mental power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings, which seems a lot more reasonable to see in this first movie (rather than altering space and time).
Beyond that, we have no clue what will happen. Even potentially seeing the Gauntlet picked up by Thanos (a mutant member of the race of superhumans, creator of the Gauntlet) at some point is almost too crazy to even imagine, because he can pretty much destroy the entire universe with it, Earth would be nothing at all. And to tie things together even further (damn you Marvel!) the very early, raw footage we saw of Red Skull (pre-mask) in Captain America shows him finding the Cosmic Cube, which is another mystical object that Loki (aforementioned) attempts to find and use. Wow - Marvel is bringing out the big guns very early on.
We'd love to hear some of your thoughts about the Infinity Gauntlet and how it may be (one day) used in the cinematic Marvel Universe. But for now, we definitely know it exists and that it'll most likely be at least seen somewhere in Thor, or it probably wouldn't have even been constructed to begin with. So any thoughts?