If you’re among the few humans out there who haven’t checked out what Avengers: Infinity War had to offer when it dominated the box office earlier this summer, then you’re truly missing out. Between dodging spoilers from your friends and the Internet, you’ve likely heard more than a handful of important happenings that went down in the film, and the biggest moment of them all was definitely Thanos’ finger snap.
Thanos’ iconic and deadly move is certainly true to the original source material that saw a series of similar events playing out, ultimately allowing The Mad Titan to kill off some of the most popular characters in the comicbook universe. Josh Brolin’s MCU version of Thanos was also able to assemble all of the Infinity Stones with the same intent, but one notable difference is that the Infinity Gauntlet was visibly trashed after the maneuver, leaving Thanos injured as well.
Just prior to Thanos using the Space Stone to escape the remaining confused heroes, we got a solid look at the Infinity Gauntlet, resembling a smoking and smoldering pile of trash when all was said and done. The Mad Titan had some nasty scarring all the way up to his shoulder too, which proved that even for him, wielding all of the Infinity Stones was no small feat.
So for now, what we know is that there was definitely a price to pay, and Thanos may have had to cash in the Gauntlet for good. We’ll know for sure in the Untitled Avengers 4 movie, but there’s a chance using the Infinity Gauntlet won’t be as easy a second time. According to SR, Joe Russo talked a bit in the audio commentary about that bit of the film saying, “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.”
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