The popular Marvel movies have spawned plenty of theories including a new one about the fake Infinity Gauntlet. That item (the real one) was central to the storyline of the box office smash "Avengers: Infinity War" and will be featured again in the conclusion with next year's "Avengers 4" movie.

However, one fan decided to delve into why there was a fake version of the gauntlet seen in the "Thor" and "Thor: Ragnarok" movies. There will be some spoilers on the way for anyone who hasn't seen the new "Thor: Ragnarok" or "Avengers: Infinity War" movies.

Fake Gauntlet sighting

The fake Infinity Gauntlet first shows up in the 2011 film "Thor" in Odin's treasure vault. In the 2017 film, "Thor: Ragnarok," the sinister Hela is on her conquest of Asgard. During that time, she raids Odin's vault and fans see several different objects along the way. At one point, the Infinity Gauntlet is shown, but it's the fake. Hela even makes that comment alluding to the fact it's not real. So what was the point of all that? Apparently, it was originally planned as more of a fun thing for Marvel fans to see in the movie, without the thought about (or plans for) any "Infinity War" films. That obviously changed, though.

In a report from Inverse last November, they talked about the fake gauntlet.

The Marvel powers behind that movie and others said it was intended as an Easter egg without any explanation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon. However, Kevin Feige provided a reasonable plot point that Odin obtained a fake gauntlet in order to pretend he had the real thing so he could convince the people of Asgard he had it.

If they knew a powerful weapon was out in the universe and it was capable of wiping that out, it would make Odin seem unable to protect them.

Fake Gauntlet theory emerges

A newer fan theory has popped up via a Reddit user named Dratt Draw who speculated about the fake gauntlet. Comicbook pointed out that the theory suggests that Odin learned about the Infinity Stones from his father Bor who originally took the Reality Stone from the Dark Elves.

Once Odin's father had passed away, Odin decided to undertake his own quest to recover all of the Infinity Stones for himself. He had Hela at his side during this time and was able to first obtain the Space Stone. That particular stone allowed for travel between realms and a way to easily conquer them.

As he continued the quest for other stones, Odin needed an object to hold them all and provide him with the power of them harnessed together. He had Nidvellir create something for this purpose and had a mold commissioned with fake stones. This was in effect, the basis for how the real Infinity Gauntlet was made for Thanos (more on that later).

Along the way, Odin discovered that in order to get one of the stones, the Soul Stone, it would require losing what he loved the most.

That would mean he would need to kill Hela, and he was unable to do that. He went from being a conqueror to a king, but Hela was confused as to why Odin stopped trying to get the Infinity Stones. She felt they were of extreme importance and battled Odin but couldn't defeat him. In turn, he put her into prison in Hell.

The aftermath of that battle, which is still speculation, was that Odin decided to have the mold for a real Infinity Gauntlet decommissioned. He hid the Space Stone on Midgard, also known as the Earthly realm. Odin also put the fake Infinity Gauntlet into his treasure room as a reminder of what he did and what had happened. The rest is movie history as Hela eventually escaped her imprisonment, killed Odin, and raided the treasure room, spying the fake Infinity Gauntlet.

The real Infinity Gauntlet

Marvel comic book and movie fans saw the real Infinity Gauntlet displayed several times, as Thanos finally had a real one created for the very same purpose that Odin had set out to. The fake Gauntlet fan theory also provides a good explanation for how the individuals on Nidavellir were able to create a real Infinity Gauntlet for Thanos. Basically, the fact they'd gone through the process of creating such a mold for Odin helped them know how to create the item for the villain Thanos when he showed up demanding such an item.

The real Infinity Gauntlet shows up in a post-credits scene for "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and obviously, in the new hit film "Avengers: Infinity War." In a spoiler alert for anyone who hasn't seen the newest Avengers movie, Thanos managed to achieve the quest that Odin could not, including killing the one he loved the most. By parting ways with his adopted daughter Gamora, he was able to get the Soul Stone. Ultimately, he got all of the stones and powered up that glove, producing devastating consequences for the Avengers and the universe.

Speculation continues

What about the timing of the Ultron scene where the real glove appears? Some fans believe that is questionable because the events in Ultron wouldn't have lined up properly when Thanos could have had the Gauntlet created.

It's been mentioned by co-director Joe Russo, that the post-credits scene in "Ultron" was supposed to have taken place at Nidavellir. As far as when that scene took place exactly, that will be a debate amongst fans who want to believe or discredit the ongoing theories.

All of this plays out into the bigger plot of the new Avengers movies' storyline as the fate of the universe hinges on the fact that Thanos has that powerful weapon with all the Infinity Stones. Meanwhile, the fake Infinity Gauntlet fan theory seems to make great sense, but it's just a matter of Marvel confirming that it's plausible now. Even so, most fans will be fine if a real explanation isn't ever given.