The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been blowing my mind every since I saw the “Avengers Initiative” folder given to Tony Stark by Nick Fury. It’s been growing and expanding so fast that I can hardly believe that we’ve had enough characters on screen to pull off a movie like Captain America 3: Civil War. At this point, I wouldn’t put them past anything. What I want to talk about right now, is this build up to Thanos and the Marvel story known as The Infinity Gauntlet, published in 1991 by Jim Starlin and George Perez. This is my favorite collective Marvel event, and arguably Marvel’s most iconic event. Regardless of the Stone's revelation and clarification on the Avenger's: Age of Ultron Blu-Ray bonus and numerous articles, I’ve gotten enough questions about this topic to go ahead and clarify for anyone who is wondering, just what the Infinity Gauntlet is, why the story is so big, and how the Marvel Cinematic is building up to it for the 3rd Avengers film.
What are the Infinity Stones?
Something I noticed about most articles is that they don't explain what the stones are referencing on the comic side of things. First of all the Gauntlet is a glove created by Thanos to hold the power of all 6 Infinity Gems (or stones). The power resides in the gems themselves. According to the comics, based on Thanos’ studying and contemplation while staring into a cosmic source of unlimited knowledge, known as the Infinity Well, he discovered the existence of the gems. While he doesn’t know what they are for sure, he surmised that they are the 6 parts of God himself that he willingly separated himself into after the creation of the universe. The stones are Reality, Time, Power, Mind, Soul, and Space. By obtaining and holding all of these gems at the same time, you are granted the ultimate power in the universe. In the story he tracks down and obtains all of the gems.
Where are the Stones in the Movies?
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the stones aren’t actually stones. Not all of them at least. The stones in the movies have taken the form of powerful relics in the (some of them well known in the comics, that are NOT usually associated with one another). This was a clever way of Marvel using these powerful relics while introducing the stones and the gauntlet as something familiar to new fans. As of the writing of this article, 5 of the 6 have been revealed. I will list them here, in order.
1. The Cosmic Cube- Space Gem
First appearing in Captain America; The First Avenger, the Cosmic Cube (referred to in the movies as The Tesseract, w00t! A Wrinkle in Time :D) is a power source to create weapons and open portals between time and space. Hence, this is the space gem. We saw The Red Skull using it to create advanced weapons during WWII and Loki uses it to open a portal that bring the Chitauri to earth in the first Avengers film. Last we saw, Thor and Loki took it back to Asgard.
2. Loki’s Scepter- Mind Gem
Loki’s Scepter was granted to him by the Chitauri (who may have obtained it from Thanos himself) in the Avenger’s first film. He displayed early that it had the power to dominate minds, and later it was used to empower the body created by Ultron, that would become Vision in the second Avenger’s film. Currently, it’s still with Vision.
3. The Aether- Reality Gem
The Aether is a force (with liquid consistency) created specifically for the Marvel films and first showed up in Thor 2: The Dark World that has the ability to turn Matter to Dark Matter. Malekith used it to change in size and grow in power. It’s certainly reality altering. As far as we know the Collector is currently holding on to this stone.
4. The Orb- Power Gem
The power gem came out of an orb found by Starlord in the “Guardians of The Galaxy” films, and was later employed by Ronan the Accuser to wreak havoc throughout the film. Currently it is on Xandar, protected by the Nova Corps.
5. The Eye of Agamotto- Time Gem
The Eye of Agamotto showed up in the Doctor Strange movie, and unlike the comics (which gives the Sorcerer Supreme a wide range of power including a “third eye” sight) it has the discreet power of controlling time. At current it is being protected in the mystical library by Wong and presumably Doctor Strange.
There you have it. At current there is one more stone to discover… the Soul Gem. (Fun fact: when the Infinity Stones were first introduced they were all called Soul Gems). I’m thinking that it’s going to show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I could be wrong, but if Adam Warlock ends up in this movie, there’s a high chance of the Soul Gem showing up (read some old school Warlock comic and discover who the Magus is!). If it doesn’t show up there, then it will likely be in Thor 3: Ragnarok. That’s all for now, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me or leave it in the comments below!