The Infinity Gauntlet
|The Infinity Gauntlet|
Cover of The Infinity Gauntlet trade paperback
(2nd printing 2000).
Art by George Pérez.
|Series publication information|
|Publication date||July – December 1991|
|Number of issues||6|
|Artist(s)||George Pérez and Ron Lim|
|Infinity Gauntlet||ISBN 0-7851-2349-0|
|Created by||Jim Starlin and George Pérez|
|Element of stories featuring||Thanos|
The Infinity Gauntlet is a six-issue comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics from July to December in 1991. The series was written by Jim Starlin and penciled by George Pérez and Ron Lim.
In 1991, artist George Pérez signed on to pencil the six-issue limited series. However, due to the emotional stresses Pérez was suffering from related to his concurrent work as writer/artist on DC Comics' Wonder Woman and as artist on the DC limited series War of the Gods, Pérez was unable to finish penciling each issue of Infinity Gauntlet. Pérez left the project while working on issue #4, with penciler Ron Lim assigned to replace him. Pérez remained as the inker over Lim's cover art for the remainder of the miniseries.
Additional plotlines not addressed in the main story were featured in other books published during the same time period.
Thanos mounts the six Infinity Gems (collected in the Thanos Quest limited series) on his left glove to form the titular Infinity Gauntlet. Each Gem grants its bearer complete mastery over one aspect of the multiverse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Reality, and Power. Now all-powerful and desperate to win the affections of Death, Thanos decides to offer the entity a gift of love by completing a task she had given him, erasing half the sentient life in the universe (including most of the X-Men, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four), quite literally with a snap of his fingers.
The surviving heroes on Earth band together—guided by the newly-resurrected Adam Warlock—to battle Thanos. In a bid to impress Death, Thanos allows the heroes a slight chance of winning, but easily defeats and kills almost all of them. Thanos then goes on to defeat and imprison many of the universe's cosmic entities—including Galactus; the Stranger; the Titan Kronos; Epoch; the entities Love and Hate; two Celestials; Master Order and Lord Chaos; and Eternity. After defeating Eternity, Thanos leaves his body and becomes the living embodiment of the universe. This leaves his abandoned body vulnerable to Nebula, his alleged granddaughter.
Nebula takes the Gauntlet off Thanos's hand and dons it herself; she then undoes all of Thanos' actions, restoring her from disfigurement, bringing the dead back to life, and reversing the damage done to the cosmos. Another battle with the heroes and cosmic deities ends with Adam Warlock taking possession of the Gauntlet, after which Thanos appears to commit suicide. Warlock's allies object when he plans to keep the gauntlet intact for himself, but he ignores them. Later, Warlock and his companions discover Thanos working at a farm while contemplating his loss and, satisfied that he is no longer a threat, decide to leave him be.
- Silver Surfer #60
- Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1
- Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #36 
The Infinity Gauntlet is featured in several issues of the alternate universe title What If. The first explores the outcome if the Silver Surfer and Impossible Man respectively had possessed the artifact. A one-shot publication depicts a new version of the Fantastic Four - who replace the deceased original members - consisting of the Hulk; Iron Man; Spider-Man and Wolverine. The quartet successfully defeat Thanos when Wolverine distracts him by telling him how he should "touch" death to show her he cares. This allows Wolverine to cut off Thanos' gloved hand, Spider-Man subsequently undoes the damage Thanos had caused before giving the Gauntlet to the Watchers for safe keeping.
Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet
A retelling of the story in the all-ages Marvel Adventures line, written by Brian Clevinger and drawn by Brian Churilla, was released in August 2010. This version features Spider-Man, the Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Wolverine, and Doctor Doom fighting Thanos after he uses the Gauntlet to kill half the population of the Universe. Doom betrays the Avengers and seizes the gauntlet for himself, but fails to get it to work culminating in Spider-Man using the Gauntlet to erase the entire adventure from history, with only him and Thanos remembering what took place.
The series has been collected into a trade paperback and a hardcover:
- The Infinity Gauntlet (collects The Infinity Gauntlet limited series, 256 pages, softcover, March 2000, ISBN 0-87135-944-8, December 2004, ISBN 0-7851-0892-0, July 2006, ISBN 0-7851-2349-0, hardcover August 2010, ISBN 0-7851-4549-4)
- Marvel Premiere Classics 46: Infinity Gauntlet
In other media
- The Infinity Gauntlet is glimpsed briefly during the 2011 Thor film. It is seen in Odin's treasure room.
- In Thor: The Dark World, a post-credit scene features the Collector who accepts the Aether, which is described as an infinity gem, saying, "1 down, 5 to go".
- The Infinity Gauntlet is the main focus of the second season of The Super Hero Squad Show. The show has both Thanos and a corrupted Silver Surfer both possessing at different points of the season.
- Capcom released two video games based on the events of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems.
- The Infinity Gauntlet appears in Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet.
- A pinball table based on The Infinity Gauntlet is downloadable in Marvel Pinball as part of the Avengers Chronicles pack.
- The Infinity Gauntlet was made available as a resource in the Heroclix tabletop miniatures game, as a prize for organized play in a series of events based on the Infinity Gauntlet comic book storyline.
- A similar device, The Reality Gauntlet, appears in the "Danny Phantom" episode "Reality Trip" and appears to also be powered by gems, which can control all of reality itself.
- The fourth season Sealab 2021 episode Neptunati featured "the Infinity Trident", a trident studded with colored gems and colored in the characteristic style of the Gauntlet.
- In the Youtube Series "The Gauntlet", a gaming competition, made by RoosterTeeth, the prize is the gauntlet instead of gems the gauntlet has the buttons of an Xbox controller.
- O'Neil, Patrick Daniel. "Spotlight: War of the Gods," David Anthony Kraft's Comics Interview #104 (1991), pp. 21-35. Cover title: "Pérez Quits DC!"
- The Infinity Gauntlet #2 (1991)
- Various (2012-08-20). "Infinity Gauntlet (Comic Vine)". www.comicvine.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- What If? #49 (May 1993)
- What If? #104 (Jan. 1998)
- What If? Newer Fantastic Four #1 (Feb. 2009)
- Richard George & Jesse Schedeen (2010-04-16). "The Avengers vs. The Infinity Gauntlet Once More". Comics.ign.com. Retrieved 2010-09-30.
- The Infinity Gauntlet at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Infinity Gauntlet at the Grand Comics Database
- Infinity Gauntlet (storyline) at the Comic Book DB