The Infinity Gauntlet (Marvel)

The Infinity Gauntlet is a comic book series written by Jim Starlin. It ran from July – December 1991 and consists of 6 issues. It was illustrated by George Pérez and Ron Lim and the main characters are The Avengers, Adam Warlock, Mephisto, Thanos, Silver Surfer and Nebula.

Infinity Gauntlet Issues:

  • God
  • From Bad To Worse
  • Preparations for War
  • Cosmic Battle on the Edge of the Universe!
  • Astral Conflagration
  • The Final Confrontation

Plot

Thanos chooses to re-acquire the six Infinity Stones. With the gems back in his possession, Thanos now possesses authority which makes him the most powerful being in the galaxy. Death tells Thanos through a proxy that she cannot talk to him now that he has his “Infinity Gauntlet.”

It’s a race against time for the Surfer to alert the Avengers of the impending danger. As a result of his perception of the power contained inside the Infinity Gauntlet, Mephisto proposes to teach Thanos how to use the Gauntlet while also covertly plotting to take it.

The Infinity Gauntlet

Thanos is enraged by Mistress Death’s rejection, so he builds a temple in her likeness and sacrifices Nebula, who said that she was his granddaughter. When Thanos is still rejected, he unleashes a destructive fury that wipes out half of all life on Earth. Doctor Strange is warned by the Surfer and encouraged to call upon the help of Earth’s greatest heroes. Warlock and Gamora go to Earth to resurrect recently deceased people and change their appearance to resemble their previous selves, while cosmic beings Galactus and Epoch search for the cause of the abrupt disorder. Doctor Strange is visited by Warlock, who says that the only way to fight Thanos is for all of Earth’s heroes to band together under his leadership.

Unfortunately, the attack of our heroes is in vain and even with the help of Galactus, Epoch, Mephisto and Death. Thought to have vanquished his foes, Thanos takes an astral form, separating his mind and leaves his body. Nebula takes advantage of the situation to make off with the Infinity Gauntlet. In order to protect herself, Nebula discards Thanos to intergalactic space, but Doctor Strange finds him and brings him to Earth. Warlock reveals to Thanos that he saw inside his soul. He knew the Mad Titan would ultimately lose control of the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos offers to aid Warlock and the team in their fight against Nebula as a result of Thanos’ epiphany.

By tricking Nebula into returning the world to its previous state, she also transforms back into her previous dismembered state.  Before Thanos could recover the gauntlet, Nebula urges herself back to full health, but Warlock comes to Soul Reality during this diversion and becomes one with the Soul Gem. Due to her removing the gauntlet, a Warlock emerges who takes it as his own.

Thanos ends up dead as he blows himself up because he would rather die than be imprisoned, according to reports. The heroes are apprehensive about Warlock retaining the gauntlet. When Warlock arrives on the planet, he finds Thanos working in a field on an unknown world 60 days in the future. Thanos tells Warlock that he has abandoned his pursuit for perfection in favour of living a peaceful, contemplative existence.

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