Heading to Thor: Ragnarok, one of the greatest mysteries of the MCU revolved around the Infinity Gaunlet, the glove that Thanos wields to power all six Infinity Stones.
The gauntlet was shown in Asgard’s vault in the first Thor movie and seemed like these six stones were set inside. After learning that there were Infinity Stones all around the galaxy and after showing us that Thanos had Gauntlet by the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans had pointed out that something did not add up.
Ragnarok fixed this problem when Hela marched down into Asgard’s vault and knocked over the gauntlet and called it “fake.”
While speaking with SlashFilm, Kevin Feige, had broken down the process of retconning this Easter egg from Thor.
“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,” Feige said of the initial cameo. “And it’s in one shot. It’s in one shot in the background.”
“And 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,'” Feige went on to explain. “And we had an internal Marvel theory that it was fake. That Odin who you’ve seen in the other films and who’s a… I guess a good father. He’s kind of an okay father. Kind of fosters the rivalry.”
As Feige has explained it, Odin kept a fake one to convince the general public that there was not an all-powerful item that can change everything within moments.
“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,” Feige said. “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.”
So, Thanos has the real Infinity Gauntlet, and he is ready to use it against the Avengers when Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.