There is no shortage of rumors surrounding the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering how many movies there have been and how many characters there are, you’re bound to find a theory that resonates with you on some level. This is the case with me. I’m not much of a theory guy, but recently stumbled onto this one involving Odin, Thor’s father.
However, before I go forward with it, I think it’s worth mentioning that this post will contain minor spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War and Thor: Ragnarok. SPOILER ALERT!
Let’s start with Odin’s backstory. For God knows how long, he was a warring ruler who conquered countless realms. Then, suddenly, while fighting alongside his daughter Hela, he had a change of heart and ultimately locked here away in Hell, where she waited for hundreds of years. That’s what we know so far. But what made him have a change of heart? Here’s what the theory tackles.
Now, let’s talk about Avengers: Infinity War, we learned that in order to wield the Soul Stone, you must give up something precious to you. In Thanos’ case, it was Gamora, and this theory posits that that precious person for Odin was Hela.
Let’s take another step back and fill in some of the cracks with this theory. according to the theory, Odin found the Space Stone, which allowed him to travel between realms to conquer entire civilizations. He commissioned Nidavellir to make the Infinity Gauntlet, and they made a one for Odin to test wear, complete with fake stones.
It was at this time that he found the Soul Stone, and when he found out he had to sacrifice Hela, he couldn’t do it, and this led him down his new path of altruism. Hela didn’t understand how he could turn away power (we’re assuming he didn’t tell her about the whole sacrifice part), and fought to seize power for herself, forcing Odin to lock her up. He then kept the fake Infinity Gauntlet as a reminder of what he loved and lost.
This could also explain how Hela knew that the Gauntlet was a fake.
Finally, in banishing Hela to hell, Odin could have broken natural law in sending a living being there, and the Ragnarok prophecy could have been a way to balance out the whole thing.
On the whole, this is a very interesting there, but there is one hole in it — the Gauntlet’s size. As we saw in Ragnarok, the Gauntlet in the treasure room was almost the size of a person and would therefore not have fit Odin. However, I guess it could be that they made it big just to show the detail and that the next one would be smaller.
Regardless, this is a theory that adds a lot of layers to what we already know, and for the most part, fits within the mythology established.
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