Infinity War is right around the corner, so I wanted to prepare myself with an Infinity Stone Refresher Course; what films were they in, where are they now, what can they do, etc… and I decided to justify my geekiness by turning it into a blog and sharing it. So, in the following post you’ll find a majority of relevant Infinity Stone information, organized by Stone. I will also share some information with you that is near-and-dear to my heart; my wild theories on where the Soul Stone could be. Enjoy!
WHAT IS AN INFINITY STONE?
The Infinity Stones are powerful artifacts within the Marvel Universe; each stone has its own unique set of powers that can be wielded by its bearer. There are six stones total; Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Time, and Soul. The Infinity Stones can be brought together and worn in a glove known as the Infinity Gauntlet; whoever wears the Infinity Gauntlet would have unfettered power over reality itself.
WHAT CAN EACH STONE DO, WHICH FILMS WERE THEY IN, AND WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
THE SPACE STONE / TESSERACT – Color: BLUE
What It Can Do: Create wormholes used for travel. Can allow the user to be omnipresent.
We got our first glimpse of the Space Stone in a post-credits scene of Thor, where Nick Fury describes it as unlimited power.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011):
The First Avenger gave us background information and showed us how Nick Fury came to possess the Tesseract in Thor. We learned that the Tesseract was once the jewel of Odin’s treasure room on Asgard, but had been lost on Earth.
Johann Schmidt (HYDRA leader who becomes Red Skull), stole the Tesseract and harnessed its energy to make weapons. Schmidt planned an aerial attack, but Captain America boarded Schmidt’s aircraft to stop him. During their fight the Tesseract’s container/holder was damaged, causing Schmidt come in physical contact with the Tesseract; as a result, Schmidt disintegrates into a blue light, letting the Tesseract fall to the floor, melt through the bottom of the plane, and fall into the ocean. Later, the Tesseract was recovered by Howard Stark, and ends up with Nick Fury (which circles back around to the post-credits scene at the end of Thor).
The Avengers (2012):
Loki stole the Tesseract and used it open a portal that allowed the Chitauri army to enter New York. After the Chitauri army is defeated Thor returned the Tesseract to Asgard for safekeeping.
Thor: Ragnarok (2017):
Finally, we get to see the Tesseract sitting safely in an Asgardian vault. Toward the end of the film Loki is sent inside the vault to retrieve Surtur’s Skull, and we are left believing that Loki swiped it from the vault before the fiery fall of Asgard.
LAST KNOWN LOCATION: Loki is assumed to have taken it from Asgard. A scene in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer leads us to believe that Loki has it on Earth.
THE MIND STONE – Color: YELLOW
What It Can Do: Can be used to control minds. Can enhance intelligence. Allow user to access all thoughts, memories, and more simultaneously.
The Avengers (2012):
The Mind Stone first appeared, unbeknownst to viewers, inside Loki’s Scepter in The Avengers. Thanos gifted Loki with the Scepter, and in exchange Loki would lead the Chitauri army to earth.
Once on earth Loki used the Scepter to lead the Chitauri invasion, and control the minds of Clint Barton (Hawkeye), Erik Selvig, and various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. The Scepter was eventually confiscated by S.H.I.E.L.D for study.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014):
A mid-credits scene after The Winter Soldier showed us that Loki’s Scepter was in the possession of HYDRA and Wolfgang von Strucker. We saw that HYDRA was doing a number of experiments on volunteers, including “the twins”, which happened to be Wanda and Pietro Maximoff (Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver).
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015):
The Avengers regain possession of the Scepter in Age of Ultron. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner examine the Scepter’s gem and discover artificial intelligence, so they decide to use it to complete Stark’s global defense program.
To make a long, and confusing, story kinda short: Tony and Bruce create Ultron, who becomes evil, Ultron harnesses the power locked inside the Mind Stone, and attempts to create a synthetic body for himself. However, The Avengers hijack the body, Stark attempts to upload J.A.R.V.I.S into the synthetic body, Thor has a futuristic vision and shocks the body, thus reconfiguring the matrix of J.A.R.I.I.S., which inevitably creates Vision; who has the Mind Stone in his forehead… Vision picks up Thor’s Hammer (which isn’t relevant, just cool), then Vision defeats Ultron.
Captain America: Civil War (2016):
Vision still harnesses the power of the Mind Stone in his forehead.
LAST KNOWN LOCATION: Vision’s awesome forehead.
THE REALITY STONE / AETHER – Color: RED
What It Can Do: Can be used as a weapon that can return a world to a pre-Big Bang state. Can be used as a wishing stone; can make anything in reality possible or impossible.
Thor: The Dark World (2013):
The Dark World begins with narration from Odin, which tells the story of the Reality Stone, also known as the Aether; “Long before the birth of light, there was darkness… and from that darkness came the Dark Elves. Millennia ago, the most ruthless of their kind, Malekith, sought to transform our universe back into one of eternal night. Such evil was possible through the power of the Aether, an ancient force of infinite destruction […] Asgard ripped the weapon from his grasp; without it, the Dark Elves fell.”
In The Dark World Dr. Jane Foster (Astrophysicist and girlfriend of Thor) visits an abandoned factory to investigate a portal that disrupts the laws of physics. Jane becomes infected by the by the Reality Stone, also known as the Aether; which is in the form of a red ever-changing fluid. Heimdall warns Thor about what’s happened and Thor brings Jane to Asgard. They eventually get the Aether out of Jane and contain it.
In a mid-credits scene, the Asgardians take the Aether to The Collector for safekeeping. The Collector asks them; “why not keep it secure in your won vault?” To which the Asgardians explain that they already have the Tesseract on Asgard, and that it’s not wise to keep two Infinity Stones so close together… After they leave, the Collector says; “One down, five to go.”
LAST KNOWN LOCATION: It is to be believed that the Reality Stone is still with The Collector… Assuming his home is still standing… since the Power Stone (purple) completely wrecks his home in Guardians of the Galaxy, but you’ll read about the Power Stone next…
THE POWER STONE / THE ORB – Color: PURPLE
What It Can Do: It seems to be power itself. Can enhance the user’s strength, even giving the user omnipotence. Can be used to demolish entire civilizations.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014):
Peter Quill (Star-Lord) unknowingly salvages the Power Stone, referred to as “the Orb”, in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1.
This story is pretty simple; everyone wants the Orb, and Star-Lord knows they probably shouldn’t have it… So Star-Lord and his friends spend the entire film protecting the Galaxy and the Orb, even Thanos’ daughter, Gamora, helps Star-Lord… Yea, Thanos is so bad that even his daughter traded sides.
The film does end with some pretty mind-blowing, Infinity Stone relevant, content. Ronan the Accuser, the bad guy, eventually gets the Power Stone, but Star-Lord is determined to get it back… he does, and he holds it in his bare hand… and it doesn’t kill him. Then, Star-Lord and the Guardians harness the power of the Power Stone and use it to kill Ronan.
The Guardians put the Power Stone back in the Orb and give it to the Nova Corps, where it is still presumed to be today.
LAST KNOWN LOCATION: Nova Corps.
THE TIME STONE / EYE OF AGAMOTTO – Color: GREEN
What It Can Do: Allows the user the power of time manipulation; full access to past, present, and future.
The first sorcerer of Earth, Agamotto, had bound the Time Stone into a pendant thousands of years before Doctor Strange arrived at Kamar-Taj. The pendent was called Eye of Agamotto. Doctor Strange learned to bend time with the mystical Eye of Agamotto, and eventually uses its power to defeat the Dormammu.
At the end of the film Doctor Strange returns the Eye of Agamotto to Kamar-Taj… and Wong says; “Wise choice. You’ll wear the Eye of Agamotto… once you’ve mastered its powers. Until then… best not to walk down the streets wearing an Infinity Stone.”
LAST KNOWN LOCATION: Kamar-Taj in Nepal.
THE SOUL STONE – Color: ORANGE
What It Can Do: Can take control of all living and dead souls. Can act as a gateway to a pocket dimension of souls.
WHERE IS THE SOUL STONE? MY THEORIES:
THEORY 1: WAKANDA – The Soul Stone is in Wakanda, and T’Challa is using it to communion with souls of the past, like his father. In the Black Panther trailer there is a scene where T’Challa is walking in front of a piercingly beautiful blue-purple sky, looking at a tree that is covered in panthers. What if that is the “pocket dimension of souls” and T’Challa is speaking with the Black Panthers of the past?
Maybe Erik Killmonger is trying to gain control of the Soul Stone; which wouldn’t be a good thing… and that’s what T’Challa means when he says; “What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.” Because if Erik gets ahold of the Soul Stone there is no telling what he’ll do…
The Black Panther has been referred to as “The King of the Dead”, it would be logical to think that he has a Soul Stone that would allow him to speak to dead souls.
THEORY 2: “ADAM” – Adam Warlock has it. The after-credit scene in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, shows Ayesha (the Gold woman) creating something/someone called “Adam”. He could possibly show up with the Soul Stone.
THEORY 3: HEIMDALL – It is in/behind/part of Heimdall’s eyes. The all-seeing Asgardian. This would explain why Heimdall can see across realms and would explain his gorgeous eye color. In Avengers: Age of Ultron Wanda makes Thor see a vision of a blinded Heimdall. Foreshadowing?
THEORY 4: HELA / ASGARD – For a second I thought it might be behind Odin’s eye patch… but Odin is no longer with us. It could be in Thor’s eye injury, I know it seems like a stretch but Hela was the Goddess of Death, it would be plausible that she would have a stone that allows communication with the death; maybe she traded the stone for Thor’s eye. Convenient hiding place. It’s hard for me to believe that Hela has nothing to do with the Soul Stone. Maybe the Eternal Flame is the connection: it, like the Soul Stone, has the power to resurrect the dead and manipulate souls. Asgard is gone, but the Eternal Flame could still be floating around, with the Soul Stone in it.
THEORY 5: THANOS – Thanos already has the Soul Stone, we just don’t know it. This theory is plausible. We don’t really get many clear shots of the Infinity Gauntlet in trailers or on posters… Or he could have hit hidden. It is a possibility.
OTHER THEORIES and IDEAS:
Cosmo the dog has it.
In is the Grandmaster’s Staff.
It is lost with the Wasp, Janet van Dyne.
Howard the Duck has it.
It was buried with Peter Quill’s mom (engagement ring).
Something concerning Captain Marvel.
It will miraculously appear when the other stones are put in place.
The “T.H.A.N.O.S. THEORY”: I’ve been hearing this a lot, and it seems insane, but I must admit it is cool. The theory is this: each Infinity Stone spells a letter in Thanos’ name… and it actually kinda works, mostly; T = Tesseract, A = Aether, O = Orb, S = Scepter.
What are your theories?
*If my facts are wrong, kindly let me know… But if you simply want to criticize my post because you’re rude, then just don’t… I’m a geek talking about fictional space rocks… give me a break.
Sincerely, the Uncustomary Housewife