Thor: Ragnarok was the movie that directly led to the events of Avengers: Infinity War as the mega-crossover event began right from the moment where Ragnarok left us. It was certainly the best Thor movie in the franchise and director Taika Waititi brought his “weird” magic into the mix of MCU which people loved! The movie stripped down everything that did not work till now and took its own direction. It solved a massive Phase 1 plot hole of Odin’s Infinity Gauntlet just like that! Like it was nothing.
MCU fans were bringing in so many theories to explain how there are two Infinity Gauntlets within the MCU and what Marvel did was just epic! Hela just went into Odin’s vault and pushed the Gauntlet away claiming it was just a “fake”! Years of build-up and theories were cast aside just like that. That is what happened with many things in the movie. The Warriors 3 – killed off, Jane Foster – left Thor, Odin – died like Luke Skywalker, Asgard – Devastated! Everything that was just boring about the Thor franchise was taken out with little to no explanation and we are just thankful for that!
While Odin’s Infinity Gauntlet was claimed to be fake, a new theory given by JMStrum puts forward the idea that it was not, or at least it wasn’t completely fake. Here’s what the theory says:
“I know in Thor: Ragnarok Hela calls the gauntlet in Odin’s Vault a fake but I think there is a reason for this. It is not becasue the Gauntlet ITSELF is fake, only the gems that adorn it are fake (mimicking the Infinity Stones) My Theory is that Odin had Eitri make him a gauntlet, So he could gather the stones back when he was in his conqueror days with Hela.
Back then Odin would have seen the power of the Stones as a weapon to use in his conquests. He had it made for his right hand so he could still wield Gungnir in his left. Odin after all was a Warrior. When he decided to stop his conquest, he locked it away in the vault. The gems were added just as decoration to fill the holes that were meant for the Infinity Stones. When Hela calls it fake, it is because it is JUST a gauntlet not the Infinity Gauntlet with any power.”
It continues to say:
Plus the very sight of it angers her, as she knew of the plan before Odin abandoned it. She either didn’t think she needed it’s power or didn’t think she needed it’s ability to harness the power. The story of the Gauntlet spread over time, and that is why Thanos knew to go to Eitri in the first place, though Thanos had it made for his left hand so, with out a weapon he could hit with the right.”
Well, since this is merely a theory, it has to be taken as nothing but a pinch of salt. The theory did raise some valid points, but we have to admit that Odin’s Gauntlet was a fake and just kept in the first movie as an Easter Egg which would spread awareness.
Odin might not return in Avengers 4, but we will see the return of Thor in Avengers 4. The presumed cast of Avengers 4 includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum and Brie Larson.
Here’s the official Synopsis of Avengers 4:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”