With respect to the MCU Infinity Gauntlet (IG) coupled with all 6 Infinity Stones, imagine if there was an operations guide or tutorial on how to use it, both the IG and Stones together. Based on my observations, these are the 3 guidelines which would make up said guide/tutorial:
- The Stone must be explicitly activated. It glows/lights up when in use.
- Only one Stone can be used at a time with one exception...
- The lone exception is the "snap", which requires all 6 Infinity Stones.
That's it. I've seen Endgame only once, thus far, but I don't believe Thanos has ever tried or successfully used 2, 3, 4, or 5 Stones at once. We also haven't seen if there are other feats which can be employed with all 6 Stones, other than the "snap". The IG is treated as something you must activate, as opposed to an extension of your own being.
Looks like MCU Thanos has used more than one stone at a time, at least in Avengers: Infinity War. See answer below for more details.
In the comics, there's no limit on how few or how many of the 6 gems can be used. You can use 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or all 6 at once. Also, my recollection is the IG is always "on". There's no need to activate it. It's as if the powers are integral to your own being.
I can't picture MCU Thanos w/IG and stones performing the same feats as comic book Thanos w/IG and gems, not because MCU Thanos couldn't if he had enough time and study to master its use, but perhaps the MCU places limits on how the IG w/stones are used. Its use is restrictive, basically. Maybe I'm wrong.
Those are my observations.
Is it that MCU Thanos is a novice at using the IG w/stones and hasn't attained mastery knowledge of how to property use both in tandem and has only scratched the surface or the MCU IG w/stones are innately less versatile than the comic book version of the IG w/gems?