Cloak is all kinds of great in this fight, and under slightly different circumstances, Cloak’s attack could have been definitive. We know from this DC/Marvel crossover that the Infinity Gems only work in their own reality:
Put them in some other universe, and they’re completely worthless. Cloak’s cloak is a portal into the Dimension of Darkness, and I would argue that until this moment, it was an open question as to “where” that dimension actually existed.
Let’s take a look at my trusty whiteboard. If, for example, the Dimension of Darkness were here:
I think there’s a strong chance that if Cloak catches Thanos, the gems stop working. Then the heroes can figure out what to do with him.
But it turns out the Dimension of Darkness is actually here:
The Infinity Gems retain their power due to the fact that they still exist within the Marvel 616 universe, and unfortunately for Cloak, that’s enough to seal his fate. Still, this was almost certainly the most creative attack brought against Thanos, and more importantly, it gives us an idea of how he might be bested in the future.
Battle Execution: 4.0
All that keeps Cloak from a perfect 5.0 is that he couldn’t actually contain Thanos, but everything up to that point was brilliant. He made use of his teammates’ distractions to get a clean surprise attack in, and unlike a simple Vision phase attack, this one had a good chance of succeeding.
Cloak is one of the least mainstream participants in this battle, and it’s notable that his attack comes relatively early compared to the likes of other fringe-y heroes like Quasar and Nova. Someone in the brain trust saw the potential here, put him in a position to succeed, and he did not disappoint. Cloak is easily a top-five performer here.
Next time: Dr. Strange, Firelord, and the underrated Doctor Doom!
Article by contributor Paul Noonan.