1. Infinity stones in Avengers series
  2. Mother Boxes in Justice league series
  3. Aries prototype in F9: The Fast Saga
  4. Project Starfish | The Suicide Squad (2021)

What's the first movie to use a prop to destroy/control an entire world?

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    To say nothing of the Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator. Nov 7, 2021 at 11:56
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    If you don't like cartoons, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) has a robot that can destroy the Earth. I doubt it's the first such thing though.
    – N. Virgo
    Nov 7, 2021 at 13:41
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    Bonus points if the object is beautiful, shiny, jolly, and/or candy-like. Nov 7, 2021 at 15:14
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    I think "MacGuffin" would be a better term than "prop". "Prop" refers to the physical object used in the real world by the filmmakers to represent an in-universe object. Nov 7, 2021 at 18:08
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    Are you asking for a "prop which could control/destroy the word but was not used to so" or for a "prop which was used to destroy the world"?
    – MT0
    Nov 8, 2021 at 1:09

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Some of the examples in your question are technically not "props", so I will answer what I think you're really trying to ask, rather than following the exact wording of the question.

In KoKo's Earth Control from 1928, the main characters find a "Control of Earth" booth. There are levers to control the entire world (weather, seasons and day/night cycle) or destroy it. Below, you can see Fitz the Dog inspecting the lever that destroys the world.

Fitz and the lever

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You can watch KoKo's Earth Control on YouTube (Warning: Flashing lights!)

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    technically not a "prop" not portable, not a physical representation.
    – Jasen
    Nov 8, 2021 at 4:21
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    @Jasen It's a prop. Nov 8, 2021 at 5:12
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    @Jasen Some of the examples listed in the original question are not physical representations of portable objects. I answered my best interpretation of what he was really trying to ask, not just a literal reading of the title.
    – Brian Cham
    Nov 8, 2021 at 18:11

The Mouse That Roared 1959

"...Tully and Will stumble across Dr. Alfred Kokintz (David Kossoff), whose invention of the Q Bomb – capable of destroying an entire continent – has prompted the defence drills. He has built a football-sized prototype of the unstable bomb, which Tully takes possession of."

  • A continent isn't a world.
    – RonJohn
    Nov 10, 2021 at 0:28
  • @RonJohn: The book makes it clear that the initial explosion of the quadium bomb would destroy a continent, give or take. But it would also have further side-effects, e.g. IIRC, a cloud of gas that would waft across the planet, killing everything in its wake. It was a doomsday device without question; no one wanted it to go off because it would mean the end of human life on Earth in short order. I can't say if the movie specifically covered that "extra helping of doom" though. Nov 10, 2021 at 2:33
  • Maybe I'm thinking of the Death Star when reading "destroy an entire world".
    – RonJohn
    Nov 10, 2021 at 7:19

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