The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been united by a single story thread for the reason that very starting: the Infinity Stones. Nearly each has regularly made an look, starting all of the again in Part 1 of the franchise. All that may come to a head in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity Warfare, however within the meantime, we’re left questioning the place every stone is now, and the way they’ll finally find yourself within the palms of Thanos.
First, a bit of background. Generally known as the Infinity Gems within the comics, there are six stones whole. They every carry a singular, particular property. Some can destroy whole worlds within the blink of a watch. Others can alter the material of actuality itself. United collectively and mounted within the Infinity Gauntlet, they provide their proprietor godlike skills. So the place within the MCU are they now? Right here’s what we all know.
1. The Space Stone
Seen in: Captain America, The Avengers
Higher recognized within the MCU because the Tesseract, we first noticed the House Stone seem because the MacGuffin within the first Captain America. It was utilized by Pink Cranium to forge an arsenal of highly effective weapons and explosives for Hydra. After sinking to the underside of the ocean, the Brokers of SHIELD dug it up, and commenced learning it themselves in an effort to assemble their very own arsenal. Loki then used it as a portal to assist the Chitauri invade New York Metropolis in The Avengers, earlier than it ended up in Odin’s vault on Asgard, the place it stays to this present day.
The House Stone is most recognized for enabling its consumer to journey nice distances via area, via both portals or teleportation.
2. The Mind Stone
Seen in: The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil Warfare
The Thoughts Stone has popped up nearly all over the place, first showing inside Loki’s scepter in The Avengers. The scepter then fell into the palms of Hydra, who used it to grant superpowers to Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. After the Avengers recovered the scepter, Ultron eliminated the stone to create Imaginative and prescient, mounting it within the android’s brow in hopes of inhabiting the physique himself. Imaginative and prescient’s consciousness was as a substitute merged with Tony Stark’s different AI, Jarvis, turning him into the hero we now know.
We’ve already seen the stone used to thoughts management others, however past that, its software within the MCU isn’t completely clear. Within the comics, it offers its proprietor “near-limitless psionic/psychic skills,” making Imaginative and prescient considered one of (if not the) strongest beings within the MCU.
3. The Reality Stone
Seen in: Thor: The Darkish World
The Reality Stone was the focus of Thor: The Darkish World, recognized in that movie because the Aether. Dr. Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) discovered it after being transported to a distant cave earlier than it was absorbed into her physique completely. Malekith then took it for himself as a part of a plot to cowl the 9 Realms in everlasting darkness. Thor and firm managed to thwart his plan, delivering it to the Collector’s vault on Knowhere for secure preserving.
The Actuality Stone’s essential skills are pretty self explanatory: It may be used to change the material of actuality on a basic stage. Though it seems in a viscous, liquid kind, Thor’s Age of Ultron imaginative and prescient confirmed it solidifying right into a purple gem.
4. The Power Stone
Seen in: Guardians of the Galaxy
The Power Stone’s first and solely look within the MCU got here in Guardians of the Galaxy, the place it was sought out by Ronan the Accuser (Lee Tempo) as a way for destroying whole planets. Ronan was initially tasked by Thanos to trace it down and ship it, however Ronan selected as a substitute to maintain it for himself, hoping to harness its energy to obliterate the planet Xandar and kill Thanos. Star-Lord and the Guardians of the Galaxy managed to show its energy on Ronan and save Xandar, the place it at present stays underneath the care of the Nova Corps. Within the comics, it’s additionally the literal energy supply for the 5 different gems within the Infinity Gauntlet.
5. The Time Stone
Seen in: Physician Unusual
Whereas Physician Unusual hasn’t historically been the proprietor of the Time Stone within the comics, it’s revealed within the closing moments of the movie that the Eye of Agamotto is in actual fact an Infinity Stone. The Time Stone is just about precisely what it feels like: It could possibly manipulate and management time itself, even going as far as to thoroughly wind again main occasions if the consumer so chooses. Sometimes, the Eye is an amulet that Unusual makes use of for all method of spells and sorcery. It’ll now tackle a a lot bigger function the MCU, at present housed inside Kamar-Taj and guarded by Physician Unusual and his order of sorcerers.
6. The Soul Stone
But to be launched (allegedly)
With the Time Stone making its first look in Physician Unusual, that leaves the Soul Stone as the ultimate one unaccounted for. It’s most utilized within the comics by Adam Warlock, whose iconic restorative cocoon made a quick cameo within the Collector’s Vault in Guardians of the Galaxy.
There’s additionally a principle floating round claiming that Heimdall (Idris Elba) has been the proprietor of the Soul Stone this complete time, with many pointing towards his capability to see via area and the small yellow jewel mounted in his breastplate as proof. That’s not backed by something greater than conjecture although, so your guess is nearly as good as ours as to the place the stone may crop up within the close to future.