One of the enduring fan theories about Avengers: Endgame is that the surviving heroes construct their own version of Infinity Gauntlet, assemble the Infinity Stones, and undo the effects of Thanos' devastating snap in Infinity War. That was seemingly given credence by a leaked toy tie-in of an Infinity Gauntlet whose silver-red-and-gold color scheme suggests Tony Stark may have had a hand in its creation. Although Endgame co-director Joe Russo has cautioned that 99 percent of merchandising leaks are inaccurate, packaging did reveal the new red-and-white "team suits" months ahead of their debut in a trailer.
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We previously questioned whether the new Infinity Gauntlet toy was merely Hasbro's attempt to appeal to younger fans, but what if it's among the 1 percent of leaks that are accurate?
Which hero, or heroes, would be capable of wielding this Infinity Gauntlet 2.0, and withstanding the heavy toll that comes with harnessing the ultimate power in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? We consider the prime candidates.
The self-proclaimed strongest Avenger hasn't appeared in any of the trailers for Endgame, but other marketing and merchandise suggest Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner will indeed transform into his gamma-powered alter ego in the sequel.
While the idea of such an all-powerful device at the disposal of a typically savage Hulk may seem a reckless move, desperate times do call for desperate measures. And with fans speculating that Banner will achieve some sort of balance with the Jade Giant, and merge as the "Professor Hulk" persona, he may not be too mindless to wield such a device.
Hulk may refer to himself as the strongest Avenger, but he hasn't seen Captain Marvel in action. Empowered decades earlier by the Tesseract (aka the Space Stone), Brie Larson's Carol Danvers has returned to Earth in response to the distress call from Nick Fury in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War.
Described by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige as the strongest character in the MCU, Captain Marvel is perhaps most logical choice to possess, and withstand, the power of all six Infinity Stones.
How Chris Hemsworth's Thor stacks up to Hulk and Captain Marvel in terms of sheer strength is up for debate, but the god of thunder's power level is certainly in the top tier of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Thor was one of the first Avengers to encounter Thanos after the Mad Titan attacked as Asgardian refugee ship in search for the Space Stone. After watching the Mad Titan kill his adoptive brother Loki and Heimdall, Thor had a (literal) ax to grind with Thanos. In the end, however, Thor didn't aim for the head with Stormbreaker in Infinity War's final act, which proved a grave mistake.
Driven by revenge and guilt, Thor will likely not hesitate to volunteer as the one to wear a new Infinity Gauntlet, even if the potential strain could kill the king of Asgard.
Given his compulsive drive to create suits and devices for every conceivable scenario, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark would likely take point in the construction of a new Infinity Gauntlet.
Tony is no stranger to wielding objects beyond his conventional limits, usually as an upgrade or augmentation of existing Iron Man armor. He could design a gauntlet that would amplify the power of his latest suit and, theoretically, allow him to possess all six Infinity Stones, and presumably survive the experience.
Admittedly a bit of a dark-horse candidate, Chris Pratt's Star-Lord may have disintegrated, along with half of all life in the universe, in the final moments of Infinity War, but we know that's not the end of Peter Quill.
Peter was able to hold the Power Stone in his bare hands in the finale of Guardians of the Galaxy because, as we learned in its sequel, he's half-Celestial. Presumably, that would enable him to withstand multiple Infinity Stones. With time travel widely rumored to play a role in Endgame, Star-Lord could be plucked from a moment before his Celestial gene in his body was nullified by killing his father Ego. Such a feat would certainly allow Peter Quill to redeem himself for his blunder in Infinity War. Hey, we said he was a dark horse.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives April 26.
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