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Putting the "Infinity" in Infinity Warsource- newsrama

The first footage of Avengers: Infinity War debuted at D23 and it blew audiences away!

However, with Infinity War less than a year away, audiences are still unclear! What are the infinity stones? Where are they? Why is Thanos hell bent on attaining them? In this article, we uncover the importance of the Infinity stones to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What are the Infinity Stones?

Infinity Stones (or gems as they’re referred to in the comics) according to The Collector, were space-time singularities (like black holes) before the beginning of the universe. When the universe was created these singularities were scattered and concentrated into 6 stones, each capable of extraordinary power.

Together all 6 Infinity Stones are worn with the Infinity Gauntlet. (Thanos’ giant golden glove in the post-credits of Age of Ultron) The collective power of the Infinity Gauntlet is capable of surpassing abstract entities like Eternity and Time itself (Yikes!). The Infinity Stones can only be used by ultra powerful beings like the Celestials (massive ancient beings) as well as the Mad Titan Thanos himself.

Check out this scene in Guardians where The Collector describes the Infinity Stones.

There are six Infinity Stones in total:

Space Stone – Blue

The space stone allows users the ability to essentially teleport through space. The stone is contained inside the Tesseract first seen in Captain America: The first avenger and The Avengers. After the battle of New York, Thor returned the Tesseract to Asgard for safekeeping where it currently resides.

Reality Stone – Red

The Reality Stone is the Aether (black goo) from Thor:The Dark World. Malekith (the bad elf dude) used it to try and conquer the nine realms before eventually being defeated by Thor. (what a forgettable movie that was!)

The Reality Stone is as its name suggests, is capable of altering reality itself, making it THE most powerful stone of them all! It currently resides in the possession of The Collector from  Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Thanos doing his best Dwayne Johnson impression (Just Bring It!)
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Power Stone – Purple

The Power Stone was featured predominantly in Guardians of the Galaxy. It was contained inside the Orb the guardians were after. The Power Stone grants it’s user increased strength and durability and is capable of wiping out entire civilizations. It was retrieved by the Guardians from Ronan the accuser. The Guardians delivered it to the Nova Corps (Think inter-galactic space cops) where it currently resides on Xandar.

Mind Stone – Yellow

The Mind Stone was contained inside Loki’s scepter until it was discovered by Ultron in the second Avengers film. The stone was later used to create Vision. The Mind Stone is capable of numerous psychic abilities including mind control, telepathy and telekinesis.

It is currently lodged in the forehead of Vision keeping him alive (which he can use to shoot yellow laser beams out of). However, this may mean that Vision might bite the dust very soon when Thanos shows up in Infinity War!

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5 of 6 Infinity Stones from L to R – Power, Reality, Space, Time and Mind (center)
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Time Stone – Green

The Time Stone first appeared in Doctor Strange where it was contained inside the Eye Of Agamotto. Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to defeat (and troll) Dormammu. The Stone grants the user the to time travel as well as the ability to alter time itself, making it one of the more powerful Infinity stones. The Time Stone currently resides at the temple of Doctor Strange and the Mystics in the Himalayas.

Soul Stone – Orange

The Soul Stone is the only infinity stone yet to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The stone was originally Yellow in colour in the comics but Marvel have seemed to changed up their colour palate; it is now bright orange. The Soul Stone is capable of trapping the souls of beings inside it!

A cool fan-theory is that Heimdall, from the Thor films possesses the Soul Stone. Heimdall is the guardian of Asgard and possesses the ability to peer into the soul of every being of the nine realms therefore possess the Soul Stone. In the comics it was a character known as Adam Warlock who possessed the Stone.

The general audience may be unaware of the character, but Adam Warlock played an integral role in defeating Thanos in the comic book storyline “Infinity Gauntlet”. Warlock is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe capable of going toe-toe with Titans and Celestials.

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Adam Warlock is the equivalent of Space-Jesus but sadly he won’t be in Infinity War
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Warlock (aka Space Jesus) was teased in the post-credits scene of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Thus Warlock is indeed a part of the MCU, but according to Guardians director James Gunn and Marvel President Kevin Feige, Warlock won’t be involved in the Infinity War storyline. It remains to be seen how Marvel will introduce the Soul Stone into the universe.  It’s possible that the stone will make an appearance in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok or Black Panther.

Thanos has no Infinity Stones yet!

Attaining all of the Infinity Stones would grant Thanos ultimate power and make him out-right unbeatable. At the moment however, Thanos possesses NONE of the stones thus Infinity War will probably revolve around him retrieving them and becoming the most powerful being in the universe.

However even without the Infinity Stones, Thanos is more than a match for The Avengers. If Thanos manages to get his hands on the stones he will be unstoppable. It remains to be seen if they stick to the comics and make Thanos as powerful as he is or if they nerf his abilities to balance the tide.

Nevertheless Thanos is by far the biggest threat any of the Marvel heroes have faced so far and I don’t know how he will be beaten! With San-Diego Comic-Con coming up this weekend it’s possible that Disney will release the Infinity War footage online or release a brand-new teaser trailer! Whether or not they do, it’s safe to say It is a great time to be a Marvel fan!

Avengers: Infinity War is slated to release for April 2018.

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