- Disney’s Marvel movies have introduced powerful gems called Infinity Stones in its movies.
- There are six stones in total with different powers.
- We’ve seen five of the six stones on screen.
- The stones will play a huge role in the next Avengers movie next May.
“Thor: Ragnarok” has plenty of hilarious scene-stealing moments and a few end-credit scenes, but one thing it doesn’t contain is another Infinity Stone, the gems that have been teased across Disney’s Marvel movies.
Thor tells viewers he went on a fruitless search since the last “Avengers” movie to find any Infinity stones. The last time we’ve seen a new gem on screen was in 2016’s “Doctor Strange.” That film gave included the Eye of Agamotto, a green gem known as the time stone with the ability to change and distort time.
If you’ve been confused by the inclusion of the stones on screen, their appearances will make more sense soon. They’ll play a larger role in the next “Avengers” movie, “Infinity War,” when it comes to theaters in May 2018.
Little do the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange realize, but Gamora’s dad Thanos, who appeared in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” has been trying to get his hands on all six Infinity Stones.
Each one has its own unique power. When the six are combined together, in a gauntlet which Thanos conveniently has, it’s not good news for anyone. A complete guantlet gives its wielder unlimited power.
That power can give the owner the ability to wipe out complete countries or worlds, as Thanos has done in the comics.
Though his motives in the films aren’t too clear yet, in the comics, Thanos is on a quest to wipe out most life forms across the universe to impress the physical form of death. (Yeah, it’s weird.)
So what are these stones and what do they all do?
We’ve seen five of the six so far on screen. The stones on film appear to differ slightly from the ones introduced in the comics, which have varied over time.
Benicio del Toro’s character, The Collector, described the origin of the stones in 2014’s “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. These stones, it seems, can only be brandished by beings of extraordinary strength.
Here’s a quick guide to each of the Infinity Stones
(introduced in “Thor”)
The space stone, also known as the Tesseract, was at Thor’s home in Asgard at the beginning of “Thor: Ragnarok.” Loki comes across it before Asgard gets destroyed and we’re betting he took it along when he left with his brother.
It has the ability to provide interdimensional travel.
(introduced in “Thor: The Dark World”)
Known as the reality stone, the Aether can manipulate matter. It was desired by Malekith in order to make the universe dark in “Thor: The Dark World.”
In one of the post-credit scenes for the film, it was delivered to The Collector. It’s not clear whether it was lost in the shuffle that happened in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
(introduced in “Guardians of the Galaxy”)
The power stone is currently being held onto by the Nova Corps on Xandar. The Guardians were able to wield its power together. The power stone can enhance strength, durability, and be used to emit blasts and explosions.
(introduced in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”)
The mind stone was held in Loki’s Chitauri scepter and is now in Vision’s head. (That’s not a good sign for him moving forward.) The mind stone gives the user the abilities of telepathy and telekinesis. It reminds me of Professor X in the X-Men, because it allows the person using it to access any and all minds at once.
(introduced in “Doctor Strange”)
The time stone is housed in the Eye of Agamotto. It allows for the manipulation of time and space. Time can be slowed down, sped up, or altered. Doctor Strange was able to successfully access and use the time stone. It’s currently stored at Kamar-Taj in Nepal.
The one Infinity Stone we haven’t seen yet is the orange one, which will most likely be the soul gem. As its name suggests, it allows the owner to steal souls. (Not great news for anyone at the receiving end.)
Though it’s not seen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” one of the end-credits hints toward it. The third post-credit scene teases the character Adam Warlock who wears the Infinity stone in his head, much like Vision.
However, since Warlock may not appear until “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” and the whole “gem in a head” thing has already been done with Vision, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the orange gem stone show up somewhere else. When Warlock was first introduced in the comics, he didn’t have a gem in his head so it wouldn’t be too weird if he was seen without it. But, this was also a time when the character was referred to as “Him.”
In the comics, the stone is clearly green, but it looks like the movies are switching up the colors. The time gem in the comics is orange, but it was introduced in “Doctor Strange” as green.
We still have one more movie to go until the next “Avengers” film. Maybe we’ll see the final Infinity Stone introduced in February’s “Black Panther.”