Apr 19, 2018

The Infinity Gauntlet: 3 Things That Should Be in Infinity War, and 3 Things That Shouldn't

To say that Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest event in superhero movies is a giant understatement. It's the culmination of 10 years of multiple sub-franchises connecting the first truly successful shared universe, which is pretty appropriate considering that the Marvel Universe is the first true shared universe in comics, integrated tightly by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and company in the 1960s.

The Infinity Gauntlet
3 Things That Should Make It to the Movie
And 3 Things That Shouldn't
by Duy

Marvel's The Infinity Gauntlet is the first comic book event I ever bought. It was widely read in my grade school, so the fact that Thanos was the villain led to a lot of teasing at my expense due to my last name. Despite that (or maybe because of it), it's what made me a fan of the Marvel Universe (I was already a fan of the DC Universe, and yes, you can be both). And it made me a gigantic fan of George Perez, who is to this day still my favorite artist of all time.

The comic sees Thanos wield the titular Infinity Gauntlet, which is really just his glove with the six Infinity Gems (they're the Infinity Stones now) attached to them. The gems control power (the Aether in the MCU), reality (Star-Lord's Orb), time (the eye of Agamotto), the mind (that thing on the Vision's head), space (the tesseract), and the soul (we have yet to see this, but it's gotta be in Wakanda, right?). Of course, power over all of these things kinda sorta makes Thanos, well.... in a word...



It's not a perfect comic, though. It's high-stakes, it's dramatic, and it's full of action, but it doesn't quite stick the landing and falls into some convoluted characterization that could at least be described as apropo in the comics, but would just be out of place in the movies. So with that, let's look at three things that should make it into the movie, and three things that shouldn't.

PUT THESE IN THE MOVIE!

THESE EFFECTS

These introductory/transition effects blew me away as a kid and I think they'd look cool in the movie if they can execute it properly.


Look, after Thor: Ragnarok captured Jack Kirby so well, anything is now visually possible.

Okay, fine, that one's really specific to me, so let's go here.

COSMIC MARVEL

In the Marvel Universe, the concept of a universe is a sentient being made of galaxies, stars, and planets, and his name is Eternity. There are beings that manifest the concepts of Love and Hate. And ruling over it all is the Living Tribunal, the ultimate judge.



This entire thing blew my mind as a child, and was awe-inspiring when my nephew and niece read it many, many years later. Infinity Gauntlet is a comic my family shares, and this is always one of the big "wow" moments. 

They don't need to actually do much, but now would be a great time to introduce them.

CAPTAIN AMERICA'S LAST STAND AGAINST THANOS

When all the gathered heroes fail, and only Captain America is left, he doesn't back down. Instead he stands up to Thanos, believing that as long as there was life, there was hope.



So basically, when this happened, I basically screamed "YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHH!" really loud at the TV.


And now, for the bad stuff.

KEEP 'EM OUT OF THERE!

MISTRESS DEATH

Remember what I said about Marvel having personifications of concepts? Death is one of them, and in the comics she's Thanos' entire motivation. He's in love with her, and that's why he wants to kill half the universe.


It's an intriguing concept, but I would argue it's easier to pass off such a concept in two dimensions than in live action, and I would question their ability to establish this in such a way that the general moviegoing audience would accept it.

Unless they want to say he's in love with Hela, the Goddess of Death. I can buy that.

ADAM WARLOCK

I don't think Warlock is getting into the movie because he has had no buildup past one post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but he's basically Thanos' arch-nemesis (sorry, Silver Surfer fans, we all know it's Warlock) and the main protagonist of Infinity Gauntlet.


The fact that he has no build-up may be a good enough reason to not put him in the movie, but really, you should keep him away altogether because Adam Warlock is a terrible character, a pretentious, condescending excuse of a hero who makes me want to take a white-out and pour it all over his annoying little golden face when I have a comic he's in. Did I mention I hate Adam Warlock?

But really, come on. This is a culmination of ten years of movies. It should be resolved by the characters who appeared in those ten years of movies. Maybe some of them die, maybe the torch is passed to the later generation like Black Panther and Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. But they shouldn't make way in this movie to a completely new character. That's not just unfair to the characters; it's unfair to the actors who built this thing.

THANOS' CHARACTER FLAW

Speaking of being resolved by the characters who built this, I really, really hope they don't introduce comic Thanos' character flaw in these. You see, in the comics, Thanos has an all-too-human weakness:

Man, Warlock's such a dick.

He wants to lose. He believes himself so unworthy of winning that he ends up sabotaging himself. It's relatable. It's fascinating. In the comics, it's an integral trait.

In the movie? It would be really annoying. Like I said up above, the culmination of ten years should be solved by the heroes, the characters we've grown attached to. This may be the last time we see Iron Man and Captain America some of them.

They shouldn't save the day because of a dogmatic adherence to the source material for the sake of being faithful. They should save the day on their own because at the end of the day, that's what will be satisfying to everyone who came on this decade-long ride.

They should save the day because they're the heroes.

Enjoy Infinity War, everyone!

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