WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters now.
The launch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been leading to the eventual clash between Thanos and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in next year’s Avengers: Infinity War. All of the fuss is over the Mad Titan searching for the powerful cosmic objects known as the Infinity Stones to complete his golden gauntlet and imbue himself with unbelievable power.
Fans already saw Thanos in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet in the post-credits scene of 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that raised a glaring continuity problem within the Marvel Cinematic Universe: How could Thanos be in possession of a gauntlet that was previously shown on display in Odin’s vault?
The first time the Infinity Gauntlet appeared on screen was in 2011’s Thor as one of many relics in Odin’s trophy room on Asgard. The gauntlet was even fitted with all five Infinity Stones that power it. The object was included as an Easter egg for eagle-eyed fans, who would immediately recognize its importance. But as the groundwork began to be laid for what would become Infinity War, the decision apparently was made to alter course, and institute a bit of a retcon. The outcome was Thanos arming himself with the Infinity Gauntlet in the closing moments of Age of Ultron.
But what does that have to do with Thor: Ragnarok? Well, if Thanos has the one true gauntlet, what does that mean for the one on Asgard? An answer is provided by Cate Blanchett’s Hela.
After goddess of death conquers Asgard, she ventures into Odin’s vault alongside her henchman Skurge (Karl Urban). During their tour, they come across the gauntlet, which Hela dismisses as a fake and knocks it off its pedestal. Apparently, many of Odin’s other artifacts in there are fakes as well. For all the talk of legendary weapons found on Asgard, Odin didn’t have an (ahem) eye for collectibles.
Maybe it’s for the best that the Infinity Gauntlet found on Asgard is a fake. The conclusion to Thor: Ragnarok dramatically alters the god of thunder’s home, and if the original item were really on Asgard, its fate — and the fate of the MCU — would also be altered.
In theaters nationwide, director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.
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