The Infinity Gauntlet was originally introduced as an Easter Egg in the first ‘Thor’ movie and now Kevin Feige has explained how ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ explains away that continuity issue. This is clearly a spoiler if you haven’t seen ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ yet and while almost a throwaway one-liner, it fully shows how it was never a problem to begin with. Not only that, but it feels fully in line with how Odin has been running Asgard for quite some time now.
When we first saw the Infinity Gauntlet back in 2011 it was probably only wishful thinking that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would ever grow into a set of films that could support the story arc for it. With Thanos appearing to already own the gauntlet in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ without any of the gems, it clearly made us wonder what that meant for the one in Odin’s vault. Well, as Hela so casually stated while walking past it in the movie, the one Odin had all along was just a fake.
So how did we end up seeing the Infinity Gauntlet in Asgard actually be a fake play out on screen? According to Feige:
“As we learn in this movie, he vanished his firstborn daughter because he sort of got what he needed, he got to the top of the Nine Realms and it was like oh, this is much too violent. And Hela says, glad to have it, ashamed of how we got it. And we see that mural in the movie of [how] it was not a pleasant history of how Asgard got all that gold. So Odin has a history of doing what he wants to do to maintain power. And going back, I mean, now it’s probably five years ago we started again just in our internal creative group saying, ‘Well, it’s fake.’ Because if the Asgardians knew that there was something that had that kind of power, that could theoretically wipe out Asgard and whatever else with a, in the comics, a literal snap of the fingers. They might question Odin’s ability to protect them.”
“So Odin put a fake and he goes, it’s fine, I got it. Look, it’s fine, it’s in our vault, don’t worry about it. And it’s not until Hela goes down there. It was fun being back in that vault, by the way, for the first time since Thor 1. It was just the opportunity to call it a fake. So for people like yourself, and like all of us at Marvel Studios who were paying attention, that answers that question. And for people who have no idea that an out-of-focus Infinity Gauntlet appeared in the back of Thor 1, it just showcases her knowledge and her sort of disgust with the way Odin had handled things on her way to the true power that is below the surface.”
With this being explained here the fans who have been wondering about the gauntlet since ‘Thor’ can rest easy knowing that everything is being told in continuity. As Feige stated, this seems perfectly fitting with how Odin ran things and one less thing that the already jam-packed ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will need to fit into its oversized story.
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