As I mentioned in this question, The Living Tribunal didn't find Thanos guilty. Had he found Thanos guilty of cosmic crime, could he be able to do anything to Thanos?

Also, with the power of Infinity Gauntlet, could Thanos have simply kicked The Living Tribunal out of existence?

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The power of the Infinity Gauntlet doesn't seem to worry The Living Tribunal

TLT has shown no worry over the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. As you noted he was not worried about Thanos taking control of it and challenging Eternity and in the aftermath of that event he made Adam Warlock split them.

That seems logical if we consider that while the Infinity Gauntlet has the power to end and recreate one universe and its Cosmic Entitites, The Living Tribinual is one for the entire Multiverse.

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The Living Tribunal may or may not have been defeated when Thanos claimed the power of Heart of the Universe in The End, when he absorbed the Living Tribunal, because Thanos only absorbed and recreated a single universe, whereas the rest of the multiverse suffered no effects from his actions, it was likely just a Manifestation Body/weak avatar of the Tribunal.

This interpretation was validated by Marvel's executive editor Tom Brevoort, who stated that like all, "The End" series, the story was intended to have no effect whatsoever on continuity.


As seen in Warlock and the Infinity watch , and Infinity War, when the living tribunal so wishes, he can stop the full infinity Gauntlet from working. So for a time, the gems would not work in unison because of his ruling. So, yes.


Living Tribunal was created by THE ONE ABOVE ALL is the sole GOD of the multiverse. Thanos with Infinity Gauntlet (IG) and even Heart Of The Universe (HOTU) can't beat him. Living Tribunal can do anything it want if he wishes to but he doesn't care about frivolous events. Pre-retcon Beyonder and Molecule man can beat him but Living Tribunal is next to THE ONE ABOVE ALL. Living Tribunal can make the Infinity Gems cease to exist.

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    The acronyms make this effectively unreadable. Please expand them.
    – amflare
    Aug 24, 2018 at 18:37

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