With Infinity War coming out on April 27th, here is a quick refresher on everything you need to know about the Infinity Stones before you go to the see the movie. Because it’s a lot.
(Also there are spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Marvel’s latest films).
What Are The Infinity Stones?
So if you’ve paid close attention to any of the Marvel films that have come out in recent years — especially the ones that are set in space — then you’ve heard about the Infinity Stones or at least one of them.
Infinity War is what every MCU fan has been waiting for the last 10 years and it’s because of the Infinity Stones. They are also why you’re supposed to wait until the very end (even though the credits just keep getting longer).
The Collector explained it best in Guardians of the Galaxy,
“…Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots… Infinity Stones.”
There is one stone representing each of these singularities; space, reality, power, mind, time, and soul. Each has its own unique power.
Basically, the stones are older than the universe itself and can only be yielded by beings of great power. There are exceptions to this rules, as we have seen. In GOTG, when Quill and the Guardians were able to hold the Infinity Stone for a few seconds, and if it is in a device like the Eye of Agamotto it’s possible for an average human to use the power of the Infinity Stone like with Doctor Strange.
So… What Does This Have To Do With Infinity War?
Separately these stones have immense power and multiple movies in the MCU have been about making sure the bad guys do not get control of even one. If someone were to have control of all of the Infinity Stones, they would have the power to reshape reality. Which is what Thanos wants to do and is going to come to Earth to try to do in Infinity War.
Thanos has been working behind the scenes to take control of all of the Infinity Stones since before The Avengers. He is the ultimate big bad that even the worst villains the heroes have faced fear. First seen in The Avengers when Loki failed to take over the Earth, Thanos has been brought up a bit. In GOTG we learned he is a conqueror and is Gamora and Nebula’s adoptive father. Most recently, he was seen at the end of Thor: Ragnarok as they headed towards Earth.
Now, likely because of how many of the Infinity Stones are on Earth, he is coming so that he can collect them all, put them in his glove (aka the Infinity Gauntlet) and take over the universe. This is what is hopefully going to make Infinity War great because all of the heroes that have a connection to the stones, including the Guardians have a legitimate reason to come to Earth and work together.
So where are the stones? What do they do? Who has control of them?
AKA the Tesseract was the weapon Red Skull used in Captain America: The First Avenger and Loki used in The Avengers to bring the Chitauri to earth. It has the power of interdimensional space travel and has also been used to create powerful weapons. It was last seen in Thor: Ragnarok when Loki presumably grabbed it before they destroyed Asgard.
The reality stone is also known as the Aether and is the dark matter that Thor fought for control of in The Dark World. It is the dark red liquid that took hold of Jane Foster but can solidify into the stone. Odin describes it as, changing “matter into dark matter.”
At the end of The Dark World, we see it being given to The Collector for safe keeping as at that point Odin had the Tesseract as well and you don’t want more than one Infinity Stone in the same place. (This is clearly advice he should have passed on before he died).
The power stone was the orb which Peter Quill found and was trying to sell in Guardians of the Galaxy. As we saw in the film, it has the ability to destroy planets. It was last seen when the Guardians gave it to the Nova Corp for safe keeping.
The mind stone was the blue orb in Loki scepter that he had in The Avengers. In that film, Loki used it to control people’s minds and have them do there bidding. He also got the scepter and the stone from Thanos. In Age of Ultron, the Avengers found the scepter after it was taken by Hydra and the stone was used to create Vision.
Contained inside the Eye of Agamotto, the time stone is introduced in Doctor Strange. As seen with the doctor it has the ability to manipulate time, including creating time loops and fast-forwarding or rewinding through events. Doctor Strange still has control of it as was seen in Thor: Ragnarok.
The Soul Stone is the only Infinity Stone with unknown whereabouts. So far it has been talked about quite ominously and there isn’t much known about it. In the comics, it had the ability to steal the powers of others, open pocket dimensions, and manipulate the souls of the living.
There is a lot of potential for the stone being in Wakanda, as from the trailers of Infinity War, it takes place in part there. It is possible that it could have come to Earth in the meteor that created the vibranium in Wakanda.