5 Jewish Facts About ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

WARNING! There are spoilers below for “Avengers: Infinity War”

 

“Avengers: Infinity War” is now out in theaters and it’s everything that Marvel could ask for and more. After 10 years and 18 movies, the shared comic book universe has come together like never before as the mightiest heroes, on earth and out in the galaxy, take on the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin), as he seeks out the six all-powerful Infinity Stones. His goal: To wipe out half of all life in the universe. With such an epic crossover that involves everyone from Spider-Man to Doctor Strange, you know there’s gotta be a Jewish angle in there somewhere.

Here are just five Jew-y facts, but we bet there’s more. Let us know what we’ve missed in the comments below...


 

Thanos was inspired by Jack Kirby’s Darkseid:

The legendary comic book writer known as Jack Kirby was actually born as Jacob Kurtzberg on New York’s Lower East Side. His contributions to the world of comics are second to none, including Captain America, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and the Incredible Hulk. But Marvel wasn’t the only publisher to benefit from Kirby’s awesome imagination. From the early to mid 1970s, Kirby moved to D.C., where he created the New Gods and perhaps the company’s most iconic villain, Darkseid. Introduced for the first full time in 1971, Darkseid hails from the hell-like planet of Apokolips and wants to conquer the entire universe, doing away with all free will. Thanos appeared three years later from creators Jim Starlin and Mike Friederich and the character’s obsession with death and destruction is almost entirely parallel with Darkseid’s

Starlin even admitted that he was inspired by Kirby, saying:

“Kirby had done the New Gods, which I thought was terrific. He was over at DC at the time. I came up with some things that were inspired by that. You'd think that Thanos was inspired by Darkseid, but that was not the case when I showed up. In my first Thanos drawings, if he looked like anybody, it was Metron. I had all these different gods and things I wanted to do, which became Thanos and the Titans. Roy took one look at the guy in the Metron-like chair and said: ‘Beef him up! If you're going to steal one of the New Gods, at least rip off Darkseid, the really good one!’


 

Nearly every character in the movie was created by a Jew:

Almost all of the movie’s key players, including the main villain, were all created or co-created by Jewish writers and artists. When you think of the Avengers, you immediately think of Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow. All of these characters, along with Doctor Strange, Thanos, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Wong came from the minds of Stan Lee (aka Stanley Lieber) and Jack Kirby.


 

Three of the cast members are Jewish (or close enough):

Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man”), Scarlett Johansson (“Black Widow”), and Gwyneth Paltrow (“Pepper Potts”) are all Jewish actors.


 

The Infinity Gauntlet resembles the breastplate worn by the Jewish High Priests of old:

When the Jewish Temple or “Beit Hamikdash” still stood in Jerusalem, the High Priest, known as a “Kohen Gadol” wore a special outfit that included a breastplate inlaid with 12 precious stones/gems. Each jewel was made from different minerals and meant to represent the 12 tribes of Israel, similar to the way that the Infinity Stones represent different aspects of the universe (e.g. time, power, soul, etc.) At certain times, the Priest’s gems could also be used to divine God’s will or atone for certain sins. If you think about it, the breastplate was almost like a flattened out Infinity Gauntlet that one wears around the neck, instead of on the fist.


 

One of the people who worked on the original ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ comic was a Jew:

“Infinity War” draws heavily from the highly-influential 1991 limited series written by Jim Starlin, “The Infinity Gauntlet.” The story dealt with Thanos gaining control of all six Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe by just snapping his fingers. One of the inkers on the project was Josef Rubinstein, a German immigrant to America. An inker is a comic book position where a person adds shading and depth to a sketch by the penciller. The “inking” stage of the comic book process takes place before anything is colored in.

 

 

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