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Infinity Stones in the MCU: Where and What are They?

written by Steffie February 22, 2018
Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet containing all the Infinity Stones

With Avengers: Infinity War just around the corner, I thought I’d give a quick rundown of the sort after Infinity Stones.

Called the Infinity Gems in the comics (then changed it to Infinity Stones, for the movies), they are cosmically powered items introduced in the 70’s and quickly became the obsession of villain Thanos (big purple baddie seen in The AvengersGuardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits scene).

Unlike their comic book counterparts, the Infinity Stones aren’t all physical gems; some take the form of gases or powerful cubes.

So here’s the order of appearance in MCU movies.

THE SPACE STONE/TESSERACT

Red Skull holding the space stone, the first infinity stone in Captain America the first avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger was the first Marvel movie to show an Infinity Stone, the Space Stone. Later, this stone could also be seen in The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok.

Hydra agent Red Skull was the first to hold the Space Stone. Known as the Tesseract, it is a glowing blue cube. Captain America retrieved the  item and then crashed into the bottom of the ocean where he was frozen for almost 70 years.

S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered both Captain America and the Tesseract in the 21st century, where Cap joined the Avengers as their fearless leader. Loki stole the stone to bring the Chitauri army to Earth, then Thor returned the cube to Asgard for safekeeping.

The Tesseract was seen multiple times in Odin’s treasure room in Thor: Ragnarok, in which all of Asgard was destroyed utterly by the fire demon, Surtur. The final time it appeared was when Loki visited the vault to recover Surtur’s skull. In trailers for Avengers: Infinity War, it appears that Loki stole it from said room. In one shot, it shows Loki holding the Tesseract in his outstretched hand, seemingly offering it to someone.

THE MIND STONE/LOKI’S SCEPTRE/VISION

Lokis Sceptre held the infinity stone, Mind Stone that was later used to create Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Mind Stone first appeared in The Avengers. Hidden in the tip of Loki’s mind-control scepter, it’s one of the most well-traveled and consequential Stones of the lot.

Apparently, the Sceptre was a gift from Thanos, when Loki was rescued from the void after he fell from Asgard’s rainbow bridge in Thor, in exchange for Loki leading the army to Earth.

During The Avengers, that scepter was taken for study by S.H.I.E.L.D., and in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was taken by Hydra after the downfall of S.H.I.E.L.D.

After retrieving the scepter in Age of Ultron, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner used the scepter to create Ultron, who was the first to realize that the scepter’s power actually resided in the Mind Stone, which was inside it. Ultron attempted to use the Mind Stone to craft a new body for himself. That body was recovered by the Avengers before he could insert his consciousness into it, and was brought to life as the android Vision, endowed with sentience by the yellow Mind Stone embedded in his forehead.

THE REALITY STONE/AETHER

The Reality Stone, main feature in Thor: The Dark World absorbed by Jane FosterThis Infinity Stone is featured prominently only in Thor: The Dark World, where its form is a red gas. Known as the Aether, it was used as a weapon by the dark elf Malekith. At the end of the film, the Reality Stone was captured by Asgardian forces and brought to the Collector, an ancient being who collects stuff, and will keep things safe for a fee.

As far as we know, the Collector still holds the Reality Stone, but his base was trashed badly by Guardians of the Galaxy.

THE POWER STONE/ORB

The Power Stone, retrieved by Starlord in Guardians of the GalaxyThe Power Stone/Orb is the main plot to Guardians of the Galaxy, where it is recovered from an ancient ruin by Peter Quill/Starlord and sought after by the Collector and Ronan the Accuser. Ronan was supposed to take it for Thanos, but decided against it and instead used its abilities to try to take revenge on the planet Xandar.

After Ronan was defeated by the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Power Stone was given to Xandar’s Nova Corps and is presumably still there.

THE TIME STONE/EYE OF AGAMOTTO

Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange using the infinity stone, Time. The Time Stone is featured in Doctor Strange, in which the hero uses the Eye of Agamotto’s power to control time to help him defeat the demon Dormammu. Sorcerer Agamotto had bound the Time Stone into a pendant thousands of years before.

At the end of Doctor Strange, the green Time Stone is returned to the stronghold of Kamar-Taj in Nepal and is probably still there.

THE SOUL STONE/????

It is still a mystery as to where the Soul Stone is or even what form it will take, but it has been established by process of elimination to be orange. We can only assume it will make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, which is set to be released in theatres May 2018.

Will We See All Six Infinity Stones?

So with all this information, who’s excited about this next installment? Will we see all six Infinity Stones in one place? Please let us know your thoughts on this post in the comments!


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