Infinity War: Odin Fan Theory by Deffinition
Recently I released a video that ranked the Marvel Movies from best to worst. It was a monumentous task that required me to watch all of the MCU films in chronological order twice to get a true idea of their standing. Having seen Infinity War and then rewatching Thor: Ragnarok with the pre-knowledge of how it plays into continuity there were several similarities with Thanos that I noticed in regards to the initial invasion across the cosmos by Odin and Hela.
Having scoured the internet I found that several other Marvel fans had noticed these similarities too and had drawn conclusions as to what happened when Odin originally waged war against the galaxy and whilst the theories have not been confirmed by the creators, they make a hell of a lot of sense.
Throughout this video I will be discussing those theories and my own to highlight why I think Odin initially attempted to use the Infinity Stones to conquer the Universe but unlike Thanos he was unable to commit fully to the task. There will be huge spoilers here for Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok so if you haven’t seen those two films then I highly recommend that you give them a miss for now.
With that out the way, I’m Deffinition and this is my Infinity War Odin Fan Theory!
Odin Originally Used The Infinity Stones
Throughout Thor: Ragnarok we get confirmation that prior to Thor’s birth, his father Odin was a violent and evil conqueror. With the help of his daughter Hela, Odin ravaged the universe and waged war on all who opposed him. We are given the backstory that at some point, Odin had a change of heart and decided to lock Hela away in Hell until his demise.
The following, by redditor Bubonis discusses the theory in full detail.
Years and years ago, Odin learned about the Infinity Stones through his father, Bor, who was responsible for taking the Reality Stone from the Dark Elves. After his death and Odin’s subsequent rise to power, he, with Hela at his side, began conquering all the realms in order to locate and claim the Stones. Odin found the Space Stone first and this allowed Odin and his armies to travel between realms and conquer them very quickly. During this he commissioned Nidavellir to create a device which would allow him to control all the Stones at will: the Infinity Gauntlet. They created the mould for it and made one casting as a test fit for Odin, complete with fake Stones to give Odin an idea of the grandeur of the finished Gauntlet.
However, at about this time he discovered the whereabouts of the Soul Stone and what was required of him to get it: He’d have to sacrifice that which he loved the most, which was Hela. He found he couldn’t do it and in that moment Odin stopped being a conquerer and started being a king. Hela didn’t understand this change of heart; she knew what the Infinity Stones were because Odin specifically told her that’s why they were conquering all the realms, and Hela believed in that power more than anything else. So she and Odin fought; Odin won and that’s when he imprisoned her in Hell.
As hell isn’t meant for the living, this unnatural banishment may have caused the laws of life to break and be the reason that the prophecy of Ragnarok was ushered in.
Odin then put the fake Gauntlet in his treasure room as a reminder of both what he’d done and what he’d lost, and swore that he would protect all that he had conquered. Thus he became Odin Allfather, Protector of the Nine Realms. Nidavellir decommissioned the Gauntlet mould and Odin hid the Space Stone on Midgard. Odin almost definitely knew where the Reality Stone was because Odin’s father had it at one time. If this theory is true then he definitely knew where the Soul Stone was, he might have known where the Power Stone was, he probably didn’t know the Time Stone was also already on Midgard (otherwise he likely wouldn’t have risked two Infinity Stones in the same place), and he almost definitely didn’t know where the Mind Stone was.
When Thanos arrived on the scene and went to Nidavellir to have them forge a control for the Stones, they used their previous knowledge from Odin’s Gauntlet to make one for Thanos.
If this theory were true then it explains how and why Odin was previously a conquerer and why he changed; why there’s a fake Infinity Gauntlet in Odin’s treasure room; how Hela knows it’s fake; how Hela knows what the Tesseract; why Odin and Hela fought; and why Thanos’ Gauntlet is basically the same as the fake Gauntlet at Asgard.
This is the only real substantial conclusion that one can draw and it seems the most legitimate. Several other things to note are that in Thor, the titular character mentions that Odin was the one who sent him to Earth and with the Bifrost destroyed he is unable to return. However, once the Tesseract is back in the possession of Asguard, the Bifrost becomes fixed which signifies that Odin was able to harness the power of the space stone within it and due to his prior knowledge of it’s usage able to rebuild the Bifrost.
As with all fan theories it’s great to hear discussions from fans and experts alike, so if you have your own theories on this theory please let me know in the comments below.
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