A Beginner's Guide to Thor and Marvel's Infinity Stones

  • Marvel Comics
  • 03/11/2017
A Beginner's Guide to Thor and Marvel's Infinity Stones
Infinity War, thesuperhero team-up movie that Marvel Studios has been planning for years, is coming in 2018. Thanks toThor: Ragnarok, thestage is almost set.

Infinity Warwill follow Marvel'shuge cast of superheroes and gods as they try to keep Thanos (Josh Brolin) from collecting five special space rocks called Infinity Stones. The Stones fit in Thanos's "gauntlet,"or his giant gold glove. The Infinity Gauntlet makes a quick appearance inThor: Ragnarok, Marvel's newest film (spoilers ahead!).

These stones have all appeared in previous Marvel movies, though no one in the cinematic universe knows what Thanos is planning to do with them. One space rock, the Soul Stone, is still unaccounted for -- many fans now believe it's in Wakanda, Marvel's fictional, hidden African nation,and will make its debut inBlack Panther, the only Marvel film remaining beforeInfinity Warhits theaters.

If you're confused, here's a quick guide to each of the Infinity Stones, what they do, and where they were when we last saw them.

According to the Collector (Benicio Del Toro) in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Infinity Stones are as old as the dawn of time. The Collector, like The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) inThor: Ragnarok, is an Elder, or a very old intergalactic being. Because the Collector and Grandmaster aren't quite human, they're aware of a race of even older, more powerful beings called Celestials. We've seen two and a half Celestials inthe Marvel universe so farEson the Searcher, who appeared in a Guardiansflashback sequence, and Ego the Living Planet (Jeff Daniels) and his biological son Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) inGuardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.Only beings as powerful as Ego, Eson, and Star-Lord can wield the Stones by hand.

This blue stone powers the Tesseract, a teleportation device used by HYDRA (Marvel's fictional Nazi squadron) inCaptain America: The First Avenger. The Space Stone appears again in The Avengers, Marvel's first stab at a superhero team-up movie. Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor's half brother, meets Thanos and agrees to obtain the Space Stone for him in exchange for dominion over Earth.

When the Avengers apprehend Loki, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns to his homeworld, Asgard, with both his half-brother and the Space Stone in tow. The Space Stone has stayed in Asgard since the events ofThe Avengers, and Loki spots it again inThor: Ragnarok, though we don't see him take it. In theInfinity Warfootage teased at the Disney fan expo this year, however, we see Loki present the Space Stone to Thanos, which means he probably swiped it duringRagnarok.

We first saw the Mind Stone when Thanos placed it in a scepter and gave it to Loki as a gift. Loki used his Mind Stone-powered scepter to possess and control Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). SHIELD, a government agency devoted to tracking and training superheroes and "meta-humans,"took the Mind Stone after the events ofThe Avengers. In the sequel,Avengers: Age of Ultron, HYDRA stole the Mind Stone and used it to painfully force superpowers onto Black Widow (Elizabeth Olsen) and her twin brother, Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). In the same film, Ultron (the physical manifestation of Tony Stark's AI system) takes the Mind Stone, and it ends up in the forehead of Vision (Paul Bettany), where it still remains.

In order for Thanos to get the Mind Stone into his gauntlet, he'll have to painfully kill Vision in the process. Knowing this, fans anticipate watchingthis disturbing scene inInfinity War.

The red Reality Stone was once used in a war between Dark Elves and Asgardians (including Thor and Loki's father, Odin). DuringThor: The Dark World, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) accidentally discovers the Reality Stone, and contact with it nearly kills her. After battling the Dark Elves for the Reality Stone, Thor regains control of it, and it ends up with The Collector in a post-credit sequence.

Though Thor and the Asgardians don't know this, The Collector has also come into contact with another Infinity Stone, though he lost it in an explosion.

The purple Power Stone appears in the firstGuardians of the Galaxyfilm when Star-Lord tries to sell it to The Collector. At the end of the film, Star-Lord outs himself as a half-Celestial by being able to handle the Stone directly, and he leaves it with Nova Corps, an intergalactic organization similar to Starfleet in theStar Trekuniverse.

The green Time Stone powers the Eye of Agamatto, one of the many magical tools used by Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Though Strange used it against Dormammu inDoctor Strange, he eventually returned it toKamar-Taj, a fictional city, where is currently being protected by a man named Wong (Benedict Wong).

Strange's intention is to return for the Stone once he's perfected his powers. When we see him inThor: Ragnarok, he's gotten considerably better at magic and bending reality than he was in his solo film, so the time to snatch up that Time Stone is probably soon.

The orange Soul Stone has never been mentioned directly or seen in a Marvel film, and many fans anticipated that it would either appear inThor:Ragnarok(which it doesn't) orBlack Panther.

Avengers: Age of Ultronincluded a controversial scene in which Thor visits a magical area called the "Water of Sights" and receives a vision of the Infinity Stones all together. After his vision, Thor says, "TheMind Stoneis the fourth of the Infinity Stones to show up in the last few years. It's not a coincidence.Someonehas been playing an intricate game and has made pawns ofus." He doesn't realize it yet, but he's referring to Thanos.

Though director Taika Watiti has said he didn't keep the Marvel cinematic universe in mind when making his film, it's notable that multiple Stones are mentioned, teased, or appear inRagnarok. The storyline following the Infinity Stones is getting tighter and tighter.

The blue Space Stone can be spotted in Asgard, we see Doctor Strange who once wielded the Time Stone, and Loki mentions his run-in with the Mind Stone. We don't see the Power Stone or Reality Stone, but we meet The Grandmaster, who is somewhat of a cousin to The Collector, who currently has the Reality Stone and almost owned the Power Stone. Most importantly, in the firstRagnarokpost-credit scene, Thor and Loki come across a massive ship which most likely belongs to Thanos.

The Guardians of the Galaxy are currently in pursuit of Thanosbecause hetortured and abused two of the group's members, his daughters, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan). During the Infinity Warfootage that D23 fans saw, the Guardians meet Thor when he lands comically on the dashboard of their space ship. That means it's possible that only moments occur between the end ofRagnarokand the beginning ofInfinity War.
  
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