If you got a chance to see Avengers: Age of Ultron this past weekend, you were treated to about 200 tons of pure, uncut fan-service during that amazing mid-credits stinger scene (if you didn’t see it, it’s down to you and the Amish, so get on that).
Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron follow.
It wasn’t just a fun gag though, it also has some major, major implications for the broader Marvel story. Namely, it reveals the fact that Thanos has the goddamn Infinity Gauntlet, an artifact capable of holding all of the Infinity Stones and granting its wearer immense power.
But wait, haven’t we already seen the Infinity Guantlet before?
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted the Gauntlet in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo during Thor, resting on a pedestal in Odin’s vault.
That leaves a couple of possibilities. Could Thanos have stolen the gauntlet from Asgard? Is that pedestal we saw in the Age of Ultron stinger Odin’s vault?
Or, as Kevin Feige himself confirmed to CinemaBlend, that’s not the same gauntlet. Strangely enough it seems, there are actually two Infinity Gauntlets, one in Asgard, and one in Thanos’s possession:
“There are two different gloves. That was not Odin’s vault that you see at the end.”
So either Marvel is changing things up a bit, and having two separate Gauntlets in play, or perhaps the one in Asgard is not legit. We know that the stones socketed into it are replicas, so it’s not a stretch to say that the artifact is a forgery.
UPDATE: AV in the comments section pointed out that the one we saw in Age of Ultron is the left hand, while the one in Odin’s vault is the right. In the comics, Thanos has the Infinity Gems on his left hand.
Does this mean that we could be seeing two competing Infinity Gauntlets, each capable of holding the six Infinity Stones? That’s some exciting stuff.