There is no doubt that Avengers: Infinity War has disturbed the roots of the MCU. The film had a great deal at stake, and that has altered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a big way. As a consequence, the critics who cribbed about Marvel movies being without an impact, have been shut up. The film has dented the shared superhero universe. Other than the fact that it highlighted Thanos as the mightiest villain until now, and also offered us a lot for the future.
Avengers: Infinity War can be considered as a course correction endeavor undertaken by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A lot of fans believe that Avengers: Infinity War is akin to X-Men: Days of Future Past, as it amended the earlier plot holes. You would be shocked to know that Avengers: Infinity War has mended a mighty Thor plot hole in the original Avengers film!
Warning: There are Major Avengers: Infinity War Spoilers ahead. We have warned you!
Thor is a mighty superhero renowned in the Marvel Comics as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The original Thor film didn’t offer much, but, it did help Thor emerge as a likable character who relied on emotions and friendship in his quest to achieve great things.
The film’s ending broke a lot of hearts. Thor was exiled from Asgard and was stripped of his powers as the God of Thunder at the start of the film. He became a God again when he found out that the real power’s origin is not his fist, but, his friends and supporters. At the ending of the movie, Thor used his trusted Mjolnir to destroy the Rainbow Bridge, the sole thing that linked him to his friends and lady love on Earth. Thor destroyed Bifrost to protect Jotunheim, the realm he had aimed to destroy initially and sacrificed his only access to Earth. That’s the Thor you love.
However, there was a problem. A particular Thor-centric plot hole was soon noticed.
Thor’s emergence as a hero is remarkable. He gave up his love to protect a whole world from being ravaged. However, Jane Foster, the lover of Thor, keeps searching for ways to return to Thor. She ultimately gets her desire after getting infected by the Aether aka the Reality Stone. That is when things become interesting.
Thor was back on Earth in The Avengers (2012). He returned to Earth searching for Loki and the Space Stone. Thor had destroyed the bridge which connected Asgard to the Bifrost. In the absence of Bifrost, there was no way Asgard could have communicated with the nine realms which quickly started warring each other since Asgard was not watching over them. The Rainbow Bridge was amended later, but, its repairs were complete only after The Avengers. Then how did Thor manage to return to Earth when the Rainbow Bridge wasn’t even ready?
Thor is seen hurtling down on to the planet during a Thunderstorm in The Avengers, and Loki had said that Odin would have used a lot of dark magic to facilitate Thor’s return to Earth in the absence of Bifrost. Although that was a vague clarification which made us wonder, but, the answer is finally provided by Avengers: Infinity War.
The problem here is: Why couldn’t Thor use the same Dark Magic phenomenon to return to Earth in Thor and even if we accept that then how did he precisely locate Loki and the Quintjet in the movie?
The solution is, Avengers: Infinity War showed that Heimdall and not Odin used the ‘Dark Magic of the All-Fathers’ to invoke the Bifrost which transported the Hulk back to earth. Heimdall, as we are aware, is capable of seeing all the souls living in the nine realms, so, Loki wrongly thought Odin had sent Thor to Earth whereas it was Heimdall all along.
Joss Whedon had directed The Avengers, and he was unwilling to use the vague ‘Dark Magic’ explanation, and he totally agrees to this new plot point. Heimdall, who invoked the Dark Magic of the All-Fathers (ancient Asgard rulers prior to Odin) had opened the Bifrost again in Avengers: Infinity War. It is all clear now, and Heimdall can rest in peace.
However, if this fixed a plot hole, then it also creates another one which was previously fixed in Thor: Ragnarok. Back in the original Thor movie, Infinity Gauntlet was shown to be an object (worn only on the left-hand) and secure inside Odin’s vault, but, apparently back then Marvel had no plans of using that cosmic object in a movie. During Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits, Thanos was shown wearing the gauntlet in his right hand. Thor: Ragnarok gave an explanation to this by stating that the objects that Odin fails to collect, he creates replicas of those to store in his vault.
However, in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos went to Nedavellir and got the Infinity Gauntlet created by a dwarf called Eitri. When Eitri asked Thor why Asgard didn’t save them, Thor said Asgard is destroyed, and that destruction happened in Ragnarok, whereas Thanos had the gauntlet at the end of Age of Ultron. To clarify this, Kevin Feige stated:
“All of that debate has encouraged us. We are going to be publishing an official, and I’m not sure when, or in what format, an official timeline. It’ll probably be a part of ah; I don’t know, a part of an in print that you can fold out and look at,” he said. “But suffice to say, only in limited cases do we ever actually say what the actual years are because we never want to be tied down to a particular year and I think people assume that whenever the movie is released is when is when the movie is taking place, and that is not the case.”
Avengers: Infinity War is shattering records in theaters. The Russo Brothers helmed movie stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), PomKlementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Peter Dinklage (Eitri), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).