How the Infinity Gauntlet's Origin Changed From Comics to Infinity War

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now.


The new hit film, Avengers: Infinity War, is rather impressive in just how closely it follows the plotlines established in Jim Starlin's iconic comic book stories featuring Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. However, naturally enough, there have been a number of notable changes to the story, as well. Some of this is as simple as the Marvel Cinematic Universe not having yet introduced Adam Warlock (one of the main protagonists of the original series) and Marvel Studios not yet having the film rights to Silver Surfer (the other major protagonist of the original series). However, other changes were made because, well, the writers wanted to go in a different direction.

One of the different directions involves the creation of the Infinity Guantlet itself. In the comic books, there was a very specific origin of the Gauntlet, but this was not used in the film -- at all. Instead, the MCU came up with a new origin that took cues from an entirely different Marvel Comics series.

Below, we revisit how the Guantlet was created in the comics, and then we'll explain how the gauntlet was created in the film (and where the film origin was influenced by comic book history there, as well).

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When Thanos was first introduced by Jim Starlin in Iron Man #55 (by Starlin, Mike Friedrich and Mike Esposito), he was essentially a sort of evil space pirate, who split from his peaceful family on Titan.

As a result, his clothes mostly resembled something that you would wear to a fight, including the seeming energy blasters on the knuckles of his glove (this is technically a robot double of Thanos, but there is no reason to believe that it isn't an accurate depiction of what Thanos looks like)...

When Thanos next showed up in the pages of Starlin's Captain Marvel run, he has now adopted a new look. Most noteworthy in the change is that Thanos is now wearing pants, but also see that he is sporting new gloves. These new gloves are powerful looking gauntlets...

That is the outfit that Thanos would continue to sport over the next two decades. It was the outfit that Thanos wore when he took control of the Cosmic Cube. It was the outfit that Thanos wore when he first took control of the Infinity Stones (then called the Soul Gems) and it was in this outfit that he died for the first time. Even after death, he showed up to Captain Marvel (when Mar-Vell was getting ready to accept his own death) wearing this outfit. When he was resurrected by Mistress Death so that he could bring balance to the universe, he went right back to wearing these clothes.

We mention all of this to note that the Infinity Guantlet in the comics is, then, simply the gauntlet that Thanos had been wearing since Captain Marvel!

During the miniseries, Thanos Quest, Thanos gains control of the Infinity Gems and they just float there, not attached to anything...

Later, when we first see the Infinity Gauntlet in action in the pages of Silver Surfer (Starlin's return to Marvel was in Silver Surfer #34, so the next year's worth of Silver Surfer stories all led up to Infinity Gauntlet, along with Thanos Quest, of course), it is clear that it is just Thanos putting the gems on to his own glove...

So, if that was how it was handled in the comics, how was it handled in the film?

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