Thanos Will Still Be Able to Use The Infinity Gauntlet Despite Damage According To New Theory

At the end of Infinity War, we saw the Mad Titan accomplish his mission, collecting all the Infinity Stones, and finally, snapping his fingers to vanish half of the universe. However, it seemed that after this horrible moment, the Infinity Gauntlet was destroyed, but can Thanos still use it? The following article explores this idea, so let’s get to it.

The ending scene

Before completing his ultimate goal, Thor was almost able to overcome the Mad Titan by launching Stormbreaker at him, but he was deadly wrong, and even Thanos said, “You should have gone for the head.” So, Thanos won, but the Infinity Gauntlet looked charred after the snap, and his arm was scarred because of this.

Even director Joe Russo said, “See there, with his Gauntlet and the arm, the power that it takes to use all six Stones is significant, and clearly damaged the Gauntlet and damaged Thanos permanently.”  He also revealed that the golden glove and its wielder are all-powerful in the comic books, but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, things are different.

In fact, the “deaths” of all the characters are different in the drawings than what we all saw on screen. Therefore, we are left wondering if he could still use the Gauntlet even if it’s all burnt up. The answer is: most likely. It might have turned black as if it was in a fire but it was still put together, and the Infinity Stones were still in place as well.

If you really analyze it, the power does not come from the glove itself, but from the precious gems on it which are still unharmed, or at least, they look perfect. We have yet to discover if anything happened to the jewels, but that is unlikely so their power can still be used. Another theory suggests that the Mad Titan does not even need the golden glove to use the stones.

The Infinity Gauntlet

Thanos is pretty resourceful, so he could come up with a new way to handle the gems that did not involve the gauntlet, but let’s analyze the origin of this artifact. When it holds all the stones, it’s possibly the most potent weapon in the Marvel Universe, so let’s see what each gem can do: The Space Stone gives the user the ability to teleport through the planets and can stop objects from moving.

The Mind Stone gives the users psychic and mental powers like telepathy and telekinesis. The Soul Stone can be used to rob or damage another soul and make a person go back to their original self. The Time Stone has the power to control time, reverse it and speed it, and lets the wielder see the future. The Reality Stone can modify what you see and what is real.

The Power Stone allows the wielder to control energy and gives them strength and stamina, and increase any power the user already possessed. But, back on the subject of the Gauntlet, it was apparently made for Thanos specifically, as he made Eitri, the giant dwarf from Nidavellir, design it, and then he turned Eitri’s hands to stone.

Losing all your friends and then losing your ability to make space artifacts? We feel sorry for poor Eitri who, by the way, is played by Peter Dinklage better known for Game of Thrones. In Guardians of the Galaxy, we discovered that no average person could touch an Infinity Stone without serious consequences, but, somehow, the Mad Titan can do it, as we saw when he took the Mind Stone from Vision.

This is more evidence that suggests that he might not need the gauntlet anymore, and he could just use his armor gloves to control the jewels. He could take each of them out of the burnt gauntlet and continue on his merry way being just as powerful as before. Now, you might remember that he used the Space Stone to teleport himself away from Earth after the snap.

That part could mean that he could still use the damaged golden glove, but we know that all stones can be used individually by the owner. Doctor Strange used the Time Stone with the Eye of Agamotto, and throughout the movie, we saw Thanos using each of the stones before collecting the last one. Therefore, the only real purpose of the Infinity Gauntlet is to wield them all together.

Maybe he cannot do that at this point, but he still has all of the gems in his possession which makes him a pretty powerful adversary with a considerable advantage over the Avengers. It has also been suggested that trying to accomplish the snap as he did before one more time could have severe consequences for the villain, so he is unlikely that he will try it again.

Why did he want the stones?

We know that Thanos spewed a bunch of talk about saving the universe due to the finite resources so that no one would go hungry and such, but the fact is that the Mad Titan is hungry for power. He wants to be the best and most fantastic person in existence and the leader of them all, but the comic books show something different.

His end goal in achieving all that might was to make Death, his love interest, fall in love with him. Therefore, if you look at it that way, he wiped half the universe, killed his daughter, sacrificed his most loyal minions, and fought with all our favorite heroes to impress a girl. Men, right? You could argue that it was romantic because love comes with sacrifices, but not really.

We even saw a unique line in Avengers, when one of Thanos’ underlings, the Other, returned to the master and told him, “Humans. They are not the cowering wretches we were promised! They stand. They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court...Death.” If you never read the comic books, you probably think that it’s just saying that the superheroes are good.

However, we know now that it was a subtle nod to the true intentions of Thanos in the pages of The Infinity Gauntlet, as he was trying to court, or woo, Death. He should have tried flowers and chocolates, instead, because Death was not impressed by his actions. It would have seemed a bit odd to see this reason in the MCU, though.

It was scarier to make him a villain that sought power with a bit of a philosophical reason, than a man sick with love. It would have been a sweet love story, strange as it was, but audiences might not have enjoyed it that much. However, this backstory actually makes more sense than wiping half the universe because of lack of resources. If you have the stones, couldn’t you just make more?

What happened in the comic books with the Gauntlet?

In the story, the gauntlet is still perfectly usable, and Nebula was able to obtain it and reversed time to 24 hours before the infamous snap when everyone was alright. However, we do not think the film will take that route as it would be too easy. But the ultimate point here is that the gauntlet might still be available for use, even if someone else gets it.

What did you think of this theory? Is the gauntlet destroyed in the MCU? How will our heroes save everyone? We cannot wait for next year. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love discussing theories. See you next time!

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