Fans lucky enough to see the exclusive trailer for Marvel’s latest crossover epic finally got to see the Mad Titan Thanos lay waste to the many heroes in the MCU.
The clip of Avengers: Infinity War that debuted at D23 Expo and aired again at San Diego Comic-Con showed Thanos beating the snot out of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the aid of the Infinity Gauntlet — and he didn’t even have all of the Stones.
It appeared as if Thanos only had two or three of the Infinity Stones, likely missing those belonging to Doctor Strange (Time Stone) and the Vision (Mind Stone). But a new piece of promotional art for Infinity War shows the villain with a fully assembled Gauntlet. The image comes from the website of sticker manufacturer Savvi in a site update that has since been deleted.
The most substantial appearance of Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far was featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy, in which he manipulated Ronan into retrieving ‘The Orb,’ which turned out to be the Power Stone. The Nova Corps secures the Stone in their headquarters on Xandar at the end of that movie.
The trailer for Infinity War depicted Loki delivering the Tesseract to Thanos, fulfilling the duty he accepted at the beginning of the first Avengers film. Thor’s vision in Avengers: Age Of Ultron showed the Tesseract being shattered, revealing the blue Space Stone inside.
The other stone we know about is actually trapped in a liquid form, which is the Aether from Thor: The Dark World. The post-credits scene for that movie showed Sif and Volstagg deliver that item to The Collector, whose vast museum was destroyed in the events of Guardians Of The Galaxy.
All but one of the Infinity Stones have since been featured in the MCU, with the Soul Stone being the one exception. But that might change with Thor: Ragnarok or Black Panther when they premiere in theaters.
Thanos will likely be able to get his hands on the other two space-faring stones after securing the Tesseract, being able to lay waste to both Xandar and Knowhere to gather three in all. This would eventually lead him to Earth, where he’d retrieve two, maybe three, more.
We’ll find out when Avengers: Infinity War premieres in theaters on November 3.
[h/t] MCU Exchange