Warning: this article includes spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War took many iconic moments from the Infinity Gauntlet storyline and did them incredible justice. One scene in particular, the film’s final shot, is taken straight from the comics but with a much different context.
Avengers: Infinity War is Thanos’ story through and through, which is why he’s given that iconic hero shot at the end as he looks at the sunset full of pride. This shot is taken straight from Infinity Gauntlet but the different context is that in the comics, this shot takes place after Thanos has lost the Infinity Gauntlet. After the Mad Titan has lost, he exiles himself to a planet where he spends his time farming and not murdering half of the universe. It’s a great ending that was adapted to the movie in an interesting way because Thanos has completed his mission in the film.
In the comics, Thanos loses the Gauntlet to his daughter Nebula and feels unworthy of its might. He eventually helps Adam Warlock, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange defeat Nebula before exiling himself. Adam Warlock, who was briefly mentioned in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, takes the Gauntlet for safe keeping. These differences in the story just show how incredible it is that the Russo brothers, plus writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, were able to correctly adapt the story for the big screen. Especially with a book as big and weird as Infinity Gauntlet, it’s a major feat to be able to bring that to the big screen as they did.
Now that Warlock has been introduced and Silver Surfer is back at Marvel, we could see something similar to the Infinity Gauntlet story used in later films down the line, whether it be Avengers 4 or something else. Marvel is known for using the best pieces from the comics to tell the story they want to tell, so it’ll be interesting to see how these more cosmic stories pan out as we move into the next Marvel phase.
Here is the synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, Danai Gurira and Letitia Wright.
Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters now.