"The entire time I knew him, he only ever had one goal: to wipe out half the universe. If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do with a snap of his fingers."
Gamora warned us in the second Avengers: Infinity War trailer, and now it appears Thanos may actually follow through with this ominous threat.
While there have been a large number of Avengers: Infinity War television spots released in the past few weeks, many showcasing different aspects and characters of Marvel's sure-to-be-epic ensemble film, the most recent one teased a Thanos scene that is lifted straight from the comic books.
Though the quality of the spot is relatively poor, we can still clearly see Thanos holding his right hand fingers up, ready to be snapped. Worse still, he threatens the Avengers with something we know he can follow through with: "I can snap my fingers, and you'd all cease to exist."
The clip stops short of showing whether Thanos makes the motion, but it nonetheless adds fuel to the fires of the theory that the Marvel villain will bring to life one of the most iconic scenes from the 1991 comic story by Jim Starlin, George Pérez and Ron Lim: The Infinity Gauntlet. The comic, which in part helped inspire the Avengers: Infinity War movie, saw Thanos come into possession of all six Infinity Stones (which, back then, were more referred to as Gems).
In issue #1 of The Infinity Gauntlet, after demonstrating his omniscient powers, Thanos finally goes through with a promise made long ago: to wipe out half of all life in the universe. In order to achieve that goal, Thanos simply raises a hand, and snaps his fingers. Next, readers were taken from one corner of the cosmos to the other, from New York to the home planet of the Skrull Empire, where we saw that half of all creatures in existence were suddenly gone. This was the act that set the events of the series in motion, and what positioned Thanos as the most dangerous foe the Avengers would ever face.
Now, it appears as if Avengers: Infinty War might bring this very comic book moment to life. Of course, as far as we know, Thanos is not yet in possession of all six Infinity Stones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's possible that the TV spot is simply showcasing a scene where Thanos is merely explaining to the Avengers what he will be able to do when he does assemble all of the mutli-colored gems. But it doesn't seem like that will be the end of it.
Gamora warned us, and now Thanos has reiterated the threat. With these two instances, it almost seems like a certainty that Infinity War will bring the devastating comic book moment to the MCU.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. Avengers: Infinity War opens April 27, 2018.