By Tasmin Humphries
Marvel’s Infinity Stones (or Gems if you read the comics) are the most powerful objects in the MCU. They were first introduced as Soul Gems in the comic ‘Marvel Premier’ #1 in 1972, where Thanos was stopped by The Avengers, Adam Warlock and others. There are six stones in total, each holding different powers allowing the owner to change time, space and reality. Thanos, one of Marvels’ most notorious villains has been hunting these stones for years, in the hope to complete the Infinity Gauntlet and become the universes most powerful being.
In Guardians of The Galaxy (2014) The Collector, played by Benicio Del Toro gave us the low down on each of the stones. But it appears that we have already seen some of them in the previous Marvel films, with one still to be found.
The Space Stone:
This blue stone allows the owner to be rearrange space, reality, and the basic laws of physics. Enabling them to teleport themselves and others and if used at its full potential, it allows the user to use omnipresence – the ability to be more than one place at the same time. This is also known as The Tesseract – sound familiar? Yep, it was featured in The Avengers, where it was locked away in Odin’s vault before Asgard’s destruction. Luckily it appears Loki took it with him on his escape and it is now resting on Thor’s ship!
The Mind Stone:
This yellow stone allows the owner to increase their mental abilities and essentially read minds and the dreams of others. And if combined with the Power stone, one can access several minds at once. It was originally hidden on Loki’s staff in The Avengers and it also gave The Scarlett Witch and her brother Quicksilver (R.I.P) their powers. It is now placed on Vision’s forehead as seen in Age of Ultron. Which bears the question… Will Vision still have his powers if Thanos takes the stone from his head?
The Reality Stone:
The red stone allows one to fulfil their wishes even if they are physically impossible. It allows them to create an alternate reality, and if combined with other stones, this can also be on a universal scale. This stone appeared in Thor: The Dark World as a mysterious red cloud, which an elf called Aether attempted to use to destroy the universe. It was then given to The Collector (GOTG) by the Asgardians for him to keep it safe – not the best idea seeing as he’s a bit of a dodgy character…
The Power Stone:
This purple stone enables one to intensify their strength as well as durability, it also acts as a power charger for the other gems. This to me is one of the most obvious ones – remember in Guardians of The Galaxy when The Collectors’ ‘slave’ grabbed a hold of it and she exploded along with everything around her? Yep, that’s the power stone, which now sits with the Nova Corps under their protection on Xandar.
The Time Stone:
This green stone allows someone the ability to see into the past and future. As well as altering time, it allows time-travel and control over the past, present and future. This stone appeared in Doctor Strange – remember his Amulet called The Eye of Agamotto? It had a green gem inside and that is what enables him his powers. It is still in the hands of Doctor Strange and if you’ve seen the trailer, it is a little worrying – you know that scene in the trailer where something is being painfully extracted from him?
Which leaves the one we haven’t yet seen.
The Soul Stone:
The orange Soul Stone allows its owner to manipulate and control souls, both the living and the dead. There are so many theories behind this, one that it was hidden inside Thor’s hammer, another that it was the power source running Wakanda, but none confirmed. Another theory – which is interesting is that it is in the possession of Heimdall (Idris Elba’s character in Thor). When Doctor Strange uses the powers of the Time Stone his eyes glare with green - which like Heimdall’s eyes, gleam orange. He has also been shown to have power over souls and is in charge of the travel between universes, his suit is very orange too – it may be just a theory, but I have a hunch!
You can read more from Tasmin at The Aspiring Kryptonian
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