Avengers: Has the Infinity Gauntlet Been Used Before?

Jeff Goldbum Grandmaster as Thanos

Thanos will finally wield the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War - but is he actually the first one to do so in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? In Marvel Comics, Thanos' story has always been tied to the Infinity Stones, six gemstones that hold ultimate power over some aspect of the universe: time, space, reality, mind, soul and power. Thanos has always been obsessed with finding and uniting these six Stones so he can wield them together on something called the Infinity Gauntlet.

In the movies, the Stones (which has been slowly revealed over the past ten years) were created by four ancient entities that predate the universe: Eternity, Infinity, Entropy, and Death. The origin of the Gauntlet that holds the Infinity Stones is not yet known, but in the comics, it's rather unremarkable; it began as nothing more than a piece of Thanos' golden armor - a simple metal glove - that the Mad Titan reforged into something capable of holding the six Infinity Stones.

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Strangely, there appears to be no comic book depiction of this forging take place. Thanos goes from completing his collection of the six Infinity Stones in one issue to wearing them on his glove in the next. There's no mention of him altering his glove to hold the Stones, although it's obvious from the comic panels that it's the same glove as on his other hand.

Will Avengers: Infinity War follow a similar story path? Will there be an explanation for the Gauntlet's origin? More importantly, do we even need one?

Thanos May Not Have Made The Infinity Gauntlet In The MCU (This Page)

Thanos May Not Have Made The Infinity Gauntlet In The MCU

Thanos wearing the Infinity Gauntlet in Marvel Comics

Based on its ornate appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, the gauntlet certainly looks like something much more significant than an armored glove. With Hela making it clear in Thor: Ragnarok that the gauntlet owned by Odin and kept at Asgard was a fake, we're left to assume that Thanos has had the original all along. He was seen retrieving it, after all, from a storage space of some kind at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Was he stealing it from some space repository? Or merely pulling it out of his closet?

It's entirely likely that Thanos didn't forge the Gauntlet seen on the big screen since it can be inferred that it's very old — likely older than Thanos. After all, Hela knew enough about it to know that Odin had a fake, and Thor: Ragnarok left viewers with the impression that she had been imprisoned for thousands of years (Thor is over a thousand years old, and he had no knowledge or memory of her). The last time she could have seen Odin's counterfeit gauntlet would have been an age ago.

So where did it come from? Where did Thanos find it? How long had it been there? And if he didn't forge it himself, how did he acquire it? The MCU hasn't come close to addressing this - and it yet may not. That said, it would be fascinating to learn more about its beginnings — especially if it's been used before.

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Key Release Dates
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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