WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Infinity Countdown by Gerry Duggan, Aaron Kuder, Mike Hawthorne, Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin.
In Marvel’s latest cosmic event, Infinity Countdown, there are two main story threads currently unfolding. On the one hand, we have the Guardians of the Galaxy fighting the Raptors for control of the Power Stone and, on the other, there’s Adam Warlock, facing off against Ultron for possession of the Soul Stone. Additionally, the Infinity Countdown Prime issue, which kicked off the miniseries, gave us a rundown of the location of each of the six Infinity Stones, meaning that, sooner or later, the other four will come into play.
But there is a third storyline also unfolding, one that has taken up a single page at the start of the three issues of the cosmic series. These pages, illustrated by Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin (who also happen to be the art team for the upcoming Infinity Wars event), feature a dwarf from the realm of Nidavellir forging something… new. But what is he forging? We haven’t seen it yet, but all signs point to him making an Infinity Armor.
The first of these pages started with the smith waking up in a forge that isn’t his own, held against his will, although we don’t yet know by whom. Whoever is holding him speaks, but he (or she) is never seen. This person instructs the Dwarf that he will forge something for them, and that he will only be able to leave once that is done. When he is shown a piece of parchment of what his jailer wishes made, the Dwarf is taken aback, saying his masters would kill him for making such a helm. Still, he has no choice.
Now, we know that the Dwarf is tasked with making a helmet of some sort, but that’s not all. In fact, in the credit pages of all three chapters of Infinity Countdown, these segments are called the “‘Forging the Armor’ Page,” indicating that the Dwarf from Nidavellir is apparently constructing an entire set of armor. Since these pages open each issue of the series, a series which focuses on the Infinity Stones, it’s not difficult to deduce that we are witnessing the forging of something that may be able to wield all six cosmic gems. It would make sense for the series to explore a different kind of weapon, especially after the Infinity Gauntlet has been explored so many times before (most recently, in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War).
Speaking of Infinity War, the movie gave us a different kind of origin for Thanos’ mighty Gauntlet, one that appears to be mirrored here. In the film, we learned that Eitri the Dwarf had been forced by the Mad Titan to forge a powerful glove to house all of the Infinity Stones. It appears the Infinity Countdown comic series is taking cues from the film, only this time, instead of a Gauntlet, the Dwarf smith is creating an entire suit of armor rather than a single glove.
If Countdown is building to an Infinity Armor reveal, then we could be looking at a new all-powerful villain, possibly someone who will pose even more of a threat than Ultron. Whoever this person is, he or she might prove even stronger than Thanos, once they are outfitted with their new helm and armor.
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