Spotlight: Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet

With the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer now out, the discussion of where we’ve seen the infinity stones/gems last, how Thanos got a hold of them, and where the last one is will be the discussion among many as we patiently wait for the arrival of the film on May 4th, 2018. In the meantime, here’s a compilation of information from different sources to better understand what we’re in for when the new film arrives, culminating the story of almost a decade of work, starting in 2009 when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) stepped foot in the post-credits of “Iron Man,” bringing Marvel to its 19th film in “Avengers: Infinity War” and its sequel to come the following year.


THE INFINITY STONES / GEMS


Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Infinity Stones are six artifacts that endow their bearers with a variety of powerful abilities. When brought together into a glove known as the Infinity Gauntlet, the Stones give their user the power to reshape all of reality itself. In Guardians of the Galaxy, it was explained that the six “stones” are actually six singularities whose existence preceded the Big Bang and were pressed into stones after the universe began.

THE SPACE STONE

Color: Blue
Power: The Space Gem allows it’s user to manipulate space in a nearly limitless manner when used properly. With limited knowledge, a user can teleport to any place in the universe with but a thought. Any persons or objects touched by the user can be moved as well. The gem can also change distance between objects in space, making the user appear to have super speed. The gem can also be used to pinpoint the location of a person or place.
Containment Unit: Tesseract

Current Location: With Thanos (worn on Infinity Gauntlet) (since 2018)

Previous Owners: 

  • Cosmic Entities
  • Odin (until 965)
  • Church Keeper (until 1942)
  • Johann Schmidt and HYDRA (1942-1945)
  • Howard Stark (1945-1949)
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. (1949-2012)
  • Heimdall (2012-2017)
  • Loki (2012; 2017)
  • Thanos (2018-current)

Last Seen: In “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, Loki is shown stepping over dead bodies and then reaching the Tesseract out to someone off camera. The gem is also seen being placed into Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet.

Previous Sightings: The Tesseract first appeared in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” with Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) wanting to use it for his own sinister purposes. It later appeared in “The Avengers,” under the protection of S.H.I.E.L.D. to which Thanos sent Loki to retrieve it and allow the Chitauri army to invade New York City. At the end of “The Avengers,” Thor is seen carrying it, taking it to Asgard for safe keeping. It is seen again in “Thor: Ragnarok,” being held in the vault. [Spoiler] Before Asgard is destroyed, Loki sees the Tesseract in the Asgardian vault but we are not privy to what happens to it. With the trailer this morning, we now know he likely took it with him.

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IN THE “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR” TRAILER

THE MIND STONE

Color: Yellow
Power: The Mind Gem gives its user amplified psychic and psionic abilities. With an already psychic user, these abilities are nearly limitless. The Mind Gem can access and alter thoughts and dreams, create or remove mental barriers and blocks, influence actions, alter or create memories and feelings, and perform impressive feats of telekinesis and psychokinesis.
Containment Unit: Vision

Current Location: Earth (in Vision’s forehead) (since 2015)

Previous Owners:

  • Cosmic Entities
  • Thanos (until 2012)
  • Loki (2012)
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. (2012-2014)
  • Wolfgang von Strucker and HYDRA (2014-2015)
  • Avengers (2015)
  • Ultron (2015)
  • Vision (2015-current)

Last Seen: In “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, Vision (Paul Bettany) is seen several times with the gem in his forehead, including during a battle where the staff of Black Order member Corvus Glaive is touching the Mind Stone while Vision is pinned to the ground, writhing in pain.

Previous Sightings: Unbeknownst in “The Avengers,” the mind stone was contained in Loki’s staff, which allowed him to control the minds of the people he touched with it, including Hawkeye. In “Avengers: Age Of Ulton,” the villain Ultron would try to use the gem to allow him to upload himself into a being, but the Avengers stop him and use the gem to make Vision before that can happen. In “Captain America: Civil War,” Vision uses the stone to shoot a beam in the sky, hitting War Machine and ultimately crippling him.

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IN THE “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR” TRAILER

THE REALITY STONE

Color: Red
Power: The Reality Gem allows the impossible to become possible. The gem has the power to completely alter, manipulate and control reality by changing the physical laws of the universe. It is the most powerful and most dangerous of the Infinity Gems. Special knowledge and care is required to use it’s power, and even then it should only be used on a small scale. The Reality Gem should be used in unison with the other Gems, most specifically the Time and Space Gems. The Gem has the power to control as well as destroy reality if improperly handled or used by an inexperienced user.
Containment Unit: Aether

Current Location: Knowhere (Inside the Collector’s Museum) (since 2013)

Previous Owners:

  • Cosmic Entities
  • Malekith (until 2988 BC)
  • Bor (2988 BC)
  • Jane Foster (2013)
  • Malekith (2013)
  • Asgard (2013)
  • Taneleer Tivan (2013-current)

Last Seen: In “Thor: The Dark World,” the Aether is used by the Dark Elves to try and send the world into eternal darkness but Thor defeats them. Instead of keeping the Aether in the Asgardian vault, they send it to the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) for safe keeping, speaking that no two stones should be kept together.

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THE POWER STONE

Color: Purple
Power: The power gem allows the user to potentially manipulate all the power and energy in the universe that has, or ever will exist. The Power Gem augments the users physical attributes, such as strength and durability, to near infinite levels, and with mastery can allow the user to mimic the effects of energy based superpowers. Full mastery would see the user become invincible in terms of brute power. When combined with the other infinity gems the power gem greatly enhances their effects. It can also be use as an unlimited power supply for any machine.
Containment Unit: Orb

Current Location: With Thanos (worn on Infinity Gauntlet) (since 2018)

Previous Owners:

  • Cosmic Entities
  • Eson the Searcher
  • Cosmic Beings
  • Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  • Ronan the Accuser (2014)
  • Nova Corps (2014)
  • Thanos (2018-current)

Last Seen: In “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, the Power Stone can be seen on Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet, although how Thanos comes by this gem is still unknown.

Previous Sightings: “Guardians Of The Galaxy” used the Power Stone contained in the orb as the MacGuffin that set all the events of the film off, with Star Lord (Chris Pratt) finding the orb and everyone meeting and coming after them through the orb. The Guardians bring it to the Collector to find out more about it and the Collector is actually the first person to introduce the idea of all the stones to the MCU, speaking of their history. The Guardians retain the orb by the end of the film, having to wield its power to do so, and in the end, hand it over to Nova Corps to keep safe. How Thanos gets it from Nova Corps will likely be explored either in the upcoming “Black Panther” film or in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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IN THE “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR” TRAILER

THE TIME STONE

Color: Green
Power: The Time Gem has the power to manipulate time, including accelerating, reversing and stopping time itself. With the Time Gem, time loops can be created, time travel is possible, and memories and age can be altered. The gem is also capable of visions of the past, present and future. With mastery, the gem can enable it’s owner to exist in all time periods at once.
Containment Unit: Eye of Agamotto

Current Location: Earth (Worn around Doctor Strange’s neck in the Eye of Agamotto)

Previous Owners:

  • Cosmic Entities
  • Agamotto
  • Cagliostro

Last Seen: In “Avengers: Infinity War” Trailer, the Time Stone is worn around the neck of Doctor Strange in the Eye of Agamotto in all the scenes in which he is present.

Previous Sightings: “Doctor Strange” sets up the Time Stone as being encapsulated in the Eye of Agamotto to which Doctor Strange uses it to undo the damage done during the final battle with Kaecilius and his zealots as well as create an unbroken time loop when confronted by Dormammu in the Dark Dimension. Strange is seen wearing the Eye of Agamotto later in “Thor: Ragnarok” when he helps Thor and Loki find their father, Odin.

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IN THE “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR” TRAILER

THE SOUL STONE

Color: Orange
Power: The Soul Gem can steal a person or beings soul leaving their body lifeless. It can also be used to peer into someone’s soul or manipulate it. It can also be used to translate any language and make them instantly understandable to the bearer of the gem. It can also reveal the purity of the soul. Unless properly handled, the gem will steal a soul of any touching it.The Soul Gem can also be used to create forceful blasts known as Karmic Blasts which attack the spirit. Even without a host, the gem is capable of speaking, flying and shooting powerful blasts.The Soul Gem pairs well with the Mind Gem and together can achieve feats that alone they cannot. The Soul Gem is also the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe. At full potential, the Soul Gem grants the user control over all life in the universe.
Containment Unit: *Unknown*

Current Location: *Unknown*

The Soul Stone is the final gem and one that has yet to be explored in the Marvel Universe. My theory, especially after watching the “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer is that the gem is being kept safe in Wakanda and that is why there is a huge battle taking place there, which would make sense, as it looks to be one of the bigger battles of the film, involving Black Panther, Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Falcon, The Incredible Hulk, the Winter Soldier, the Hulkbuster armor of Iron Man’s, and the Wakandian army. This would also play into the rumors that the “Black Panther” movie will have huge “Avengers: Infinity War” implications. As CBR.com also states: “With T’Challa’s origins still to be shown, we should remember that, in the rite of passage followed by the person chosen to don the mantle of the Black Panther, said chosen one has to meet the Panther God. Also highlighted in the comics was the selectee communicating with the spirits of the former Black Panthers. Could the MCU interpret this as meeting the souls of his ancestors? Either way, this would be the ideal spot to further marry how science and mysticism meets yet again to birth the new world-power that Wakanda has been revealed to be.”

THANOS & THE INFINITY GAUNTLET

Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) has been teased since the first “Avengers” film in 2012, turning around during the after credits scene and threatening that if the Avengers challenged him again, it would be to “court death,” which is reference to his comic book version’s love affair with the embodiment of death. The staff given to Loki in “Avengers” containing the Mind Stone was given to Loki by one of Thanos’ underlings, effectively losing him the stone. Thanos, later, shows up in “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” said to be Gamora and Nebula’s adoptive father. He sends Gamora to retrieve the Orb containing the Power Stone for him but she betrays him to his sends Ronan the Accuser and Nebula after Gamora to get it. When they all fail him, Thanos shows up at the end of “Avengers: Age Of Ultron,” wearing the Infinity Gauntlet, which was supposed to be protected in Asgard. Thanos says “fine, I’ll do it myself.” The Gauntlet shown in the Asgardian vault in the first “Thor” film is said to be a fake by Hela (Cate Blanchett) in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

The Infinity Gauntlet is a cosmic artifact that grants the wearer complete mastery over the Infinity Stones and is used for channeling the power of the Infinity Stones. It is designed to be worn on the left-hand and is in Thanos’ possession. The Infinity Gauntlet itself has no power, it is merely a device to contain all the gems in one location. Anyone with the knowledge of the whereabouts of the gems can obtain the Gauntlet, but it takes much more than holding the Gauntlet to wield it’s power. Like the gems themselves, it takes much knowledge and discipline to accurately use the near infinite power of the Gauntlet and become a God. Ultimately, the power of the Infinity Gauntlet is not meant for mortals, as mortals are not meant to be gods.

IN THE “AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR” TRAILER

CONNECTING THE DOTS FROM THE TRAILER

At the end of “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thanos’ ship is seen in front of the ship carrying Thor, Loki, Hulk, and all the Asgardians, most probably to collect the Tesseract that Loki likely took from the Asgardian Vault before Asgard was destroyed. Likely, Thanos ravages this ship, killing the Asgardians on board and Loki stepping over the dead Asgardians, is likely about to hand the Tesseract to Thanos, since this stone is seen in the Gauntlet later. Hulk is likely sent back to Earth, maybe by Heimdall (Idris Elba), because we see him crash landed in front of Doctor Strange and Wong, with Tony Stark showing up later. These four are later seen on some destroyed streets. We see Peter Parker getting his Spidey sense and seeing a huge circular structure floating in the air, destroying New York. We later see him as Spider-Man fighting Thanos on this structure, as I also believe Iron Man shows up to fight during the battle as well. It should be noted, Spider-Man is not seen for the rest of the trailer. Thanos would likely be coming to Earth to get either the Time Stone or the Mind Stone. It will be interesting if he knows about the whereabouts of one and not the other.

This leaves Thor floating in space, eventually picked up by the Guardians Of The Galaxy, as seen in the Comic-Con trailer that was never released to the public. This is interesting because the Guardians came in contact with the Power Stone, which they thought they left with Nova Corps. They’ve also come into contact with the Collector, who told them all about the Infinity Stones, and who eventually became in possession of the Aether which houses the Reality Stone. Thor should know this, as it is his soldiers that sent it to him. If he can lead the Guardians there, that will likely show what that group is up to during the battles that everyone else is taking part in, as none of these characters are seen in any of the battles.

The last place we saw the Winter Soldier and Captain America were on Wakanda with Black Panther, so it makes sense to see them there again. We also see Black Widow confront Bruce Banner, in front of a Hulkbuster arm and later, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hulkbuster are in the Wakanda battle, leading me to believe Banner and Widow meet up there. Black Panther is seen introducing Captain America at some point, so that would fit this description as well, eventually bringing Falcon to his side as well. Perhaps all the people Captain helped escape from jail are hiding out in Wakanda? The fact that Hulkbuster and War Machine are also there says that either Stark and Rhodes are with them, so we never actually see their faces, or they are being controlled by someone or something else.

There’s a night-time battle involving Vision, who is actually seen in human form at one point, tiny glimpses of the Black Order members Proxima Midnight and the staff of another member, Corvus Glaive, and Tony Stark even has his chest plate back for some reason. There is also Tony Stark very emotional on what looks like another planet. Io9.com wonders if this might be the remains of the planet Xander, which stored the Power Stone away and which Thanos is wearing. Perhaps to get through Nova Corps on Xander, he destroyed the whole planet somehow. With the implications that someone/someones will likely die in this film, the emotions will definitely be running on high.

Notably missing is Ant-Man and Wasp, whose film of the same title comes out two months after “Avengers: Infinity War,” so it could easily be presumed that they’re cutting back on them to save them for their own film, where it is rumored that they will be discovering the multi-verse, which could aid in defeating Thanos in the second part of the Avengers. However, both Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are highlighted on the Vanity Fair covers for “Avengers: Infinity War” so you would imagine they would have to be involved somehow. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Popps is also missing from the trailer, as is Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, both of which are also on the Vanity Fair covers.

The dialogue from the trailer includes:

  • “Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe… but this… this does put a smile on my face”  –Thanos
  • “In time, you will know what it’s like to lose. To feel so desperately that you’re right, yet to fail, all the same.” –Thanos
  • “Get that man a shield.”   –Black Panther

Sources

https://comicvine.gamespot.com/space-gem/4055-57127/

http://marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com/wiki/Infinity_Stones

http://collider.com/avengers-infinity-war-new-images/

https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/26/16536988/marvel-mcu-infinity-stones-thanos-avengers-movies

https://io9.gizmodo.com/all-the-hints-and-details-hidden-in-avengers-infinity-1820817197

https://www.cbr.com/15-places-where-the-mcus-soul-stone-could-be/

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