Nerds, Avengers: Infinity War releases this Friday! I already have my tickets, do you? The long-awaited massive Marvel Superhero movie is finally upon us. This movie is no doubt going to be an intense ride from start to finish. If you are anything like me, then you have been re-watching all the MCU movies that have led us to Infinity War. If you have not been watching the movies, or if you are still unsure about what the Infinity Stones are and where they are in the MCU, well here is a quick and dirty refresher course.
So, what are the Infinity Stones? Well, reader, I am glad you asked.
The Infinity Stones are all that remains of an ancient, very powerful being that eventually killed themselves because they were all alone in the universe. Now each stone is a part of that being’s immense power. When they all come together, the being wielding the stones essentially has complete control of the universe.
And if that does not sound terrifying, well, then you are much braver than I am.
There are six stones in total.
The Space Stone:
This stone gives the user teleportation powers, speed increase, and the ability to create wormholes. In the MCU, the stone is actually inside of the Tesseract. Loki used the Tesseract, and the Space Stone, in the first Avengers movie to create the wormhole for the aliens to invade the world. We all know how well that worked out for those aliens. After that, the Tesseract was returned in Asgard. In Thor: Ragnarok, we see Loki pass by the Tesseract while in Odin’s vault. If I know anything about Loki, he could not resist snatching the Tesseract. In the first Avengers movie, Thanos sent Loki to retrieve the Tesseract. So, in Infinity War, whose side do you think Loki will be on? Will he deliver the Space Stone to Thanos, hoping that Thanos will spare him? Or will he team up with the Avengers once he realizes what kind of monster Thanos is? I am hoping for the latter.
The Reality Stone:
This stone allows the user to change reality, destroy anything, and create portals. We saw this stone in the second Thor movie, Thor: Dark World. In that movie, it was known as the Ether that Jane unwittingly came to possess for a short time before it was taken by the dark elf Malekith. Once he is destroyed, the Asgardians give it to the collector to keep safe. Now, as we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy, the collector’s collection was destroyed when his servant grabs the Power Stone. After that, it is unknown where the Reality Stone is.
The Power Stone:
This stone gives the user increased strength, increased endurance, and invulnerability. This stone makes its appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy when Peter Quill steals it from planet Morag. It is then taken by Ronan the Accuser (possibly one of my favorite Lee Pace roles), but it is taken back by the Guardians after they defeat Ronan. It is then given to the Nova Corps on planet Xandar for safe keeping.
The Mind Stone:
This stone grants the user with telepathy, telekinesis, and enhanced mental powers. The mind stone first appeared in the MCU in Loki’s scepter. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner use the power of the mind stone (while in the scepter) to create Ultron. Eventually, the Mind Stone was used to create Vision. The Mind Stone now resides in Vision’s forehead, which is not a good thing considering Thanos wants the Infinity Stones.
The Time Stone:
This stone gives the user the ability to time travel, age or de-age people, see through time, or create time loops. In the MCU, the Time Stone is encased in the Eye of Agamotto, which is possessed by Doctor Strange. It is how he manages to trap Dormammu in the time loop that eventually caused him to leave Earth alone. Much like with Vision, this spells bad news for Doctor Strange. Will he be able to keep ahold of the Time Stone or will Thanos take it from him?
The final stone is the Soul Stone. In the comics, the Soul Stone is alive and hungers for souls. When possessed, it gives the user the ability to take souls. This stone has yet to make an appearance in the MCU, but there are many theories about where it is.
My favorite theory is that the Soul Stone resides in Wakanda and it is what gives the Heart-Shaped Herb its powers. Another theory is that Heimdall possesses the stone and that is how he is able to see the souls of all beings. Again, that isn’t good for Heimdall.
If Thanos manages to gather all six Infinity Stones, well, then his power would be infinite. Like Gamora says, he could take out half of the universe with just a snap of his fingers.
What predictions do you have for Avengers: Infinity War? Do you believe that Thanos will gather all six stones or do you think our superheroes will be able to stop him? Let me know in the comments!