“Thor: Ragnarok” hit theaters last week, and even though the film worked well as a standalone, like most Marvel Studios films it still moved the MCU forward in a big way.
In the very first Thor film, an Infinity Gauntlet is seen in Odin’s vault, and for years it’s been believed that there are two gauntlets in the MCU, but that’s not the case. In “Thor: Ragnarok” there’s a scene that takes place inside the vault that confirms the Infinity Gauntlet is a fake.
Kevin Feige recently spoke to SlashFilm about the Infinity Gauntlet situation, and he explained how the decision to retcon the Gauntlet and reveal that it’s actually a fake.
“Going all the way back to Phase One, where Infinity War was a barely a glint in our eye, we were working on Avengers and trying to get just put that all together for the conclusion of Phase One. And it’s in one shot. It’s in one shot in the background. Pretty quickly after that, within a couple years, we were like, well that’s clearly not the Gauntlet. The Gauntlet can’t be in there. And we had an internal Marvel theory that it was fake…”
“So Odin put a fake and he goes, it’s fine, I got it. Look, it’s fine, it’s in our vault, don’t worry about it. And it’s not until Hela goes down there. It was fun being back in that vault, by the way, for the first time since Thor 1. It was just the opportunity to call it a fake. So for people like yourself, and like all of us at Marvel Studios who were paying attention, that answers that question. And for people who have no idea that an out-of-focus Infinity Gauntlet appeared in the back of Thor 1, it just showcases her knowledge and her sort of disgust with the way Odin had handled things on her way to the true power that is below the surface.”
Of course the real Infinity Gauntlet was introduced during the mid-credits scene in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and soon we will see the Gauntlet in all its glory when The Avengers battle Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” next year.