Infinity Gauntlet was the first comic book event I read when I seriously started reading comics back in 1991. The story had me captivated and has made me a lifelong fan of Thanos, Silver Surfer, and Adam Warlock. To this day, Thanos, for me stands as one of the greatest comic book villains of all time.
With the release of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Infinity War, take a few moments to get familiar with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet. You’ll learn who Thanos is and why the Infinity Gauntlet is so important in not only the MCU but in the comics as well. I’ll be providing you with links and videos that hopefully help you learn more about Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet and get you prepared for Avengers 3: Infinity War.
First off, there is a slew of characters from the comics, some that have yet (or may never) to make an appearance in the MCU and some that have, that you’ll need to know. When it comes to the major players in anything “Infinity” related, you’ll always hear or see these names: Thanos, Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, Mistress Death, and The Elders Of The Universe. The other honorable mentions are Pip the Troll (who we may never see in the MCU), Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Nebula, Magus and the Living Tribunal. There are more, but I want to try to makes this as painless ass possible. The names aforementioned are the most important.
What are Infinity Gems/Stones?
Time Gem: Total control over all aspects of time including time travel, stopping time, slowing down or speed up the flow of time and to accelerate or slow down aging.
Space Gem: Limitless manipulation of space, allowing for teleportation, dimensional manipulation, the creation of wormholes, etc.
Soul Gem: Limitless manipulation of souls both alive and dead also has shown to be able to evolve or devolve a beings physical self as well as their mental capacities.
Reality Gem: Locally or universally alters the natural laws of the universe to the wielders will.
Power Gem: Controls all of the power in the universe. It can be used to augment or inhibit any force.
Mind Gem: Taps the user into the universal consciousness, allowing for unlimited manipulation of psionic powers including telepathy and telekinesis.
What is the Infinity Gauntlet (Event and Artifact)?
The Infinity Gauntlet is the name of a comic book event that is about the artifact known as the Infinity Gauntlet, which was created my Thanos
Rob, over at Comics Explained on Youtube has a video series that goes in depth into the history of the Infinity Gauntlet. So much so, that I could end this blog post with just his video. I want to give you have much information as possible, so I’m not going to do that. I’m just going to post Part 1 and you can visit the Comics Explained Youtube page to view the rest.
Who is Thanos?
Thanos was one of the last sons of A’Lars, progenitor of the second colony of Eternals on Titan, and Sui-San, the last survivor of the original settlement of Eternals in this moon. He was born with purple, hide-like skin and a massive body due to his Deviant Syndrome. The very first time his mother laid her eyes on the baby, she was driven mad and tried to kill him.
Despite his unusual appearance and introvert nature, Thanos was well accepted by his peers. He was a mild-mannered intellectual that dreamed of becoming a scientist like his neglectful father. However, signs of his true nature started to creep up early on. For instance, he liked to draw dead animals despite vomiting at the prospect of performing a dissection. Thanos’ life reached a tipping point when a mysterious girl convinced him to explore with his friends a dangerous cave to overcome his fear of killing. A cave-in separated Thanos from his friends for three days, during which he refused to even think of murdering the inoffensive creatures that lurked underground for sustenance. When he found his friends, they had been killed by the animals living in the caves. After Thanos returned to society, the same girl convinced him to go back to the cave and slaughter the critters in revenge.
Required Thanos & Infinity Gauntlet Reading
It’s a good thing the internet exists! Dave at Comic Herald has compiled a complete guide to reading more about Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet.
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