Avengers: Endgame –
When Korath claimed Thanos was the “most powerful being in the universe” in Guardians of the Galaxy, many thought it was just cinematic exaggeration. With beings like the Hulk and Captain Marvel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, could there actually be someone even more powerful than them? Thanos gave a definite answer in Infinity War when he brought down the Hulk using just his bare hands in a bare-knuckled fistfight. The Hulk was so scarred from his defeat that he refused to come out ever again. Many claimed that it was just the work of the Infinity Stones and without the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos was just a piece of cake for the Avengers to walk through.
He proved them all wrong when the Mad Titan took down the entire roster of the Avengers using just his skills as a warrior and his trusted sword dubbed the Infinity Sword. Many have wondered what was that sword made out of and who made such a miraculous weapon that could withstand vibranium attacks, lightning strikes and even blows from the most powerful beings in the universe and still live to tell the tale. It was the Infinity Sword that was more or less the deciding factor in Thanos almost winning the fight against the Avengers in Endgame. And here is a nifty little theory that states the origin of the Infinity Sword. Presenting – Avengers Endgame – Thanos’ Infinity Sword created by Cosmic Gods called Celestials!!!
While Thanos is already known as a renowned warrior that has taken down entire civilizations using just his brawns, it was quite unexpected to see how well he performed with his broad blade in the battlefield. The length of the blade coupled with its ridiculous levels of durability and sharpness allowed it to withstand magical as well as cosmic energy beams thrown at it. By spinning the blade, Thanos could even create a shield in front of him, a shield that was strong enough to absorb any kind of attack. When Thanos swung the blade, it complemented his fighting style and coupled with his naturally inhuman levels of strength and agility. Thanos became a force of nature every time he used that sword. A weapon as invincible as the Infinity Sword must not be taken lightly and should not be considered as an ordinary weapon. It has to have a very huge origin story and we are here to help you get to the bottom of that.
The Infinity Sword – how powerful is it really??
There is a place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is known to make weapons of wondrous and miraculous qualities. Nidavellir is the realm of the Dwarf weaponsmiths of Asgard. It was here that Thor’s hammer Mjolnir was forged from the heart of a dying star, the star being the core of the furnace that provides the heat necessary to melt Uru, a mystical Asgardian metal with enchanted properties. It was also where Thor went to meet Eitri, King of the Dwarves, who revealed that he had plans to prepare a replacement weapon for Thor called Stormbreaker.
Stormbreaker was supposed to be a weapon fit for the King of Asgard. And after it got into the hands of the God of Thunder, it was sheer mayhem. In Infinity War, it is revealed that not only is Stormbreaker able to summon the power of the Bifrost – which means he can travel between dimensions and use it to destroy entire planets, but also has the power to withstand the combined attack of the six Infinity Stones, which makes it even stronger than the Infinity Gauntlet – something that was considered to be the strongest weapon in the entire Marvel Universe.
In Endgame, we see both Mjolnir and the Stormbreaker in action. And both of them took on Thanos and his Infinity Sword. What amazed us was how easily the Infinity Sword deflected the attacks of both Mjolnir and the Stormbreaker. This means that the Sword is at least as powerful as or even more powerful than Stormbreaker itself. Moreover, the Sword easily cut Captain America’s Vibranium shield into pieces, vibranium being the strongest metal in the universe that is no small feat either.
Enter the Celestials
To know more about the Celestial angle in this theory, we need to dive deeper into Thanos’ origin. Thanos belongs to a race of superhuman beings called the Eternals. The Eternals were the result of the Celestials experimenting on the human race after they discovered humanity’s tremendous genetic potential to evolve into a race of super-powered individuals in the future. To know more about humanity’s potential for superpowers, the Celestials created the Eternals, who were an evolutionary offshoot of humanity. What was even more incredible was their technology that was millions of years more advanced than any technology found on Earth or any other races related to the planet. The Asgardians, who also have incredibly powerful superhuman abilities and technology, are children in from of the Eternals both in terms of abilities and knowledge.
Since Thanos was always the one looking for power to change the fate of the universe, he must have come across the story of the celestials and how they were the ones responsible for the creation of the Eternals. His quest would have then taken him to the Celestials themselves, who were the first wielders of the Infinity Stones. Thanos needed the Stones to bring balance back to the universe.
That was something the Celestials had been doing since the dawn of time. Since the Celestials were the first of the sentient races to grace this universe, they were the ones who forged the Infinity Stones out of Universal aspects of cosmos and chaos. As the Collector claims in GOTG Volume 1, the Celestials used these Infinity Stones to pass out judgments for entire civilizations. That was the power he sought and Thanos wanted to know more about the Celestials. And we think he did.
So did the Celestials make Thanos’ Infinity Sword?
The Dwarf smiths of Nidavellir are truly talented. But they are not nearly as skilled and capable of making a sword of that caliber. So do not expect this theory to stray into the territory of “Eitri made the sword – End of Story!!” We will never accept that. There has to be more to the Infinity Sword than what meets the eye. In the MCU, Celestials do exist and they have been featured prominently in the Marvel movies so far. Ego was the last surviving Celestial who was also the antagonist in GOTG Volume 2. The Space Station Knowhere in GOTG Volume 1 was the severed head of a now dead Celestial. Remember the Celestials have powerful abilities – cosmic energy manipulation gives them the ability to change matter and controlling it at a subatomic level.
A Celestial is generally a huge being – sometimes they could be even as big as a planet. But as we came to know from Ego, a Celestial can create a tine version of itself to act on its behalf. Even when they are only as big as a human being, they are still capable of all those incredible feats. The Infinity Sword could be a weapon forged by a Celestial after it decided to become a human-sized individual. We do not know the reason why the said Celestial would do that. But it is a theory nonetheless.
Thanos’ search for the Celestials would have certainly taken him to the planets where they would have been. He must have visited scores of planets where dozens of Celestials gathered. Those planets would be a treasure trove of Celestial artifacts. And that is where Thanos found the Infinity Sword. Out of respect and in awe of such an incredible weapon, Thanos made it his life mission to train himself to master the sword. The Celestials created the weapon and used it in combat but after they went extinct, zillions of years later Thanos took up where they left and wielded the cosmic blade in combat. And to be frank, this theory is as close it gets to explaining how a simple gold crusted blade was able to do all that in Avengers: Endgame.