Infinity Stones In Marvel Movies: What They Are & Where They Are

Published 9 months ago by , Updated August 16th, 2014 at 10:59 pm,

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If Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done one crucial thing for the bigger picture plans of the franchise as a whole, it would be pushing the concept of Infinity Stones to the forefront. We may not have known it at the time, but the MacGuffin of Phase 1 – the Tesseract/Cosmic Cube – was one of these Infinity artifacts as well. In Phase 2 films Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, there was no hiding what the driving plot device was: these all-powerful items are dangerous and everyone wants them.  But what are they really?

The Infinity Gems (“Stones” in the movies), or Soul Gems as they were originally dubbed when introduced in Marvel Comics in the ’70s, are six over-powered and indestructible artifacts, the most powerful in the Marvel universe. Each of the six has a unique property but together, they can be used to alter, destroy or recreate the entire universe. Together, they grant someone the power of a god.

In the comics, these are the six gems, differentiated by their color and attribute, offering abilities ranging from time-travel and bending the physical laws of the universe, to teleporting across the galaxy and controlling the souls of the living or dead:

  • Mind (Blue)
  • Power (Red)
  • Reality (Yellow)
  • Soul (Green)
  • Space (Purple)
  • Time (Orange)

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In the movies and cartoons, these “gems” are referred to as “stones” and while we don’t know why Marvel Studios is changing the name slightly, they are also inexplicably changing the colors as Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told us last year. Then again, not even the comics can keep them straight. Note the color and label differences in these two comic pages:

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The Tesseract, seemingly the blue Infinity Stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the Space stone – as evidenced by its use in The Avengers as a portal to transport Loki in the film’s intro, and later, to allow the Chitauri alien invasion force to enter the skies above New York. All of the stones are seemingly infinitely powerful judging by how the Red Skull and HYDRA used the Tesseract to power their advanced weapons in Captain America: The First Avenger - and how Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) was able to draw knowledge out of his interactions with it.

There’s potentially another example of the Infinity Stones housing knowledge in the post-credits button of Captain America: The Winter Soldier where we meet Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) – a villain of The Avengers: Age of Ultron – and see him at a secret HYDRA base using Loki’s staff from The Avengers for some nefarious purposes, perhaps to learn about or create super powers in ordinary people and begin the “age of miracles” as von Strucker labels it. That staff might be housing the Mind Gem since Loki was able to use it to put Hawkeye, Selvig and others under his control. We know it’s tied to the power of the Tesseract from what Selvig says in The Avengers but it clearly has mind-altering abilities so it’s tied to that gem as well – somehow.

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Jane Foster and the Aether

Then came Thor: The Dark World and its all-powerful MacGuffin, The Aether. This red stone (not actually in the form of a stone) was thought by some to be the Power Stone – based on the destruction it created when used by Malekith – but it’s possible it’s actually the film franchise’s version of the Reality Stone given its ability to convert matter/dark matter. In the comics, the red stone is Power, but in the movie it’s seemingly Reality.

So that’s potentially three out of six gems if we’re counting Loki’s staff as one (and it might not be), and we just saw a another (the fourth?) in Guardians of the Galaxy, where a purple Infinity Stone is something everyone’s chasing after hidden within the orb Peter Quill steals in the movie’s opening. Some characters want it for money, some want it to destroy a planet (Ronan), some want it for themselves (Thanos). In an interesting scene ripe with exposition, when audiences meet The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), we learn a little about the origins of the Infinity Stones and how they existed and were created at the outset of the universe (see: Big Bang Theory). This particular stone is purple, which represents Space in the comics – but in the film, as confirmed by GOTG writer and director James Gunn via Twitter, it’s the Power Stone.

Let’s recap.

All we need now are the Soul and Time Infinity Stones (which will likely be yellow, orange or green) and once we have all six, Thanos will attempt to collect them all, and put them together in the Infinity Gauntlet, an item first introduced in Odin’s Vault in the original Thor and showcased at the Marvel booth at Comic-Con 2010.

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Infinity Gauntlet featured in ‘Thor’


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  1. Aether is the soul gem/stone. There are other reasons beyond what have been given so far.

    The Soul Gem, besides the powers already discussed, is also a repository for lost souls. Kinda like the Marvel version of the Phantom Zone. One of the advantages to this is the possessor can draw memories, knowledge and maybe even abilities of those trapped inside. As Aether is pulled from Jane, you can see a visual representation of this. Adam Warlock is typically the holder of this gem. The few times it is taken from his possession, they are drawn back together through either adventure or even randomly seeming luck. This is because the dark half of Warlock (named Magus) is almost always trapped in the gem. Magus tends to influence the gem holder to giving into their draker desires. This is supported by Odin’s warning about Aether. Finally the Septre (of the gem housed in it) is the 4th gem. The only gem that can be in the Septre that makes sense is the Reality Gem.

    The most commonly excepted theory is that the Septre is the Mind Gem, because Loki used it to control people. But there are clues that most overlook. First, the Septre was given to Loki by Thanthos. Thanthos is typically the holder of the Reality Gem. As Thanthos typically plays the long game, prefering to plans within plans. Even his seemingly defeats are planned out. An example is the Infinity War books. He allowed himself to lose a brutal fight where the Reality Gem was taken from him. But this was part of a larger plan to give Warlock an advantage on reclaiming and recapturing Magus in the end. Ita not a stretch to believe that he could give Loki the Reality Gem inside the Septre as part of a larger plan. Secondly the septre itself is like the Hammer of GotG. It is a means of control without direct contact. And while it is argues he uses the Septre to control people, Hawkeye says he wasn’t being controlled but inplies that his his point of view was altered. The professor never said how he gained knowledge to harness the Tesserak. The Reality Gem could have altered hia knowledge. Finally only Loki utilitizes the Septre’s power (at least on screen). While the orofessor made the Septre the key to shutting down the portal, Black Widow never uses its power but instead just touches it to the cube. I know there is a common theory about the end of Winter Soldier, but i believe too much of a connection between the twins and the Septre is being inferred.

    I know i pulled a lot of my theory from book to support what is being seen, but of all adaptations out there, the Marvel Universe is keeping very close to the source materials.

  2. I agree that the Aether is the reality stone, transforming matter into dark matter pretty much is a given. In guardians of the galaxy, ( the orb) is definitely the power stone like honestly what other stone can destroy a planet just by touch? The Tesseract is obviously the space stone, the Avengers movie shows us it clearly is twice first by teleporting Loki to earth and then creating a worm hole like event above New York city to begin the alien invasion which will later fail. But here is a question in the movie Captain America the first Avenger when the red skull uses the Tesseract to power his weapons and obliterate his enemies, I first thought the Tesseract was the power stone until the end of Captain America 1 when Red skull picks it up then it starts to show parts of the Universe which only the space stone can do which leads to my question If you were shot by the weapons of hydra that contained a fraction of the power of the Tesseract wouldn’t you be not killed but teleported to another part of the galaxy which Marvel then would be able to bring red skull back into the Marvel cinematic Universe.And finally last the pionts you all have made about the mind stone being contained in Loki’s scepter are good but you may not have thought of this, In the movie Avengers when Loki and the Other he says that “You question him, he who put the Scepter in your hand”. The Other referring to Thanos giving Loki the Scepter with the Mind stone to Loki is crazy. Thanos wants the Infinity stones why would the powerful titan that craves the power of the Universe willingly give Loki an Asguardian one of six infinity stones. But in your cases defense at the end of the Avengers when they are trying to close the portal but couldn’t because the field around the Tesseract is pour energy given by an all powerful infinity stone, but when they finally do close the portal with Loki’s scepter it may as well be the mind stone which only the power of a infinity stone and compete against another infinity stone. But if the Scepter is just another weapon made from Thanos that can break through the energy barrier of the infinity stone (space) then why no make is own Infinity stones?