2. The Mind Stone (Loki's Chitauri Scepter, Vision's Forehead)
Another bait and switch for audiences, the Mind Stone was introduced as Loki’s Sceptre in The Avengers (2012). That weapon, which allowed Loki to mind control Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), and others for his cause, was given to him by Thanos. It wasn’t until 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron that we learned the Sceptre’s blue crystal actually housed the yellow Mind Stone although this one was unsurprising.
Ultron (James Spader) takes Loki's Scepter from Avengers HQ (in New York's Stark Industries tower) and uses it to give life to what he hoped to be a new host android body, giving birth to the Avenger we know as Vision. The Mind Stone remains in the forehead of Vision and we know next year Thanos will take it from him, leaving the question of whether Vision can survive and function without it. We think Scarlet Witch's powers will be the solution to that imminent predicament so don't fret.
Why Thanos would give up an Infinity Stone to Loki in hopes of getting another one back remains an unanswered question. We’ll save this conversation for another day but Thanos has so far done little else in his brief appearances but consistently fail to build up his collection of Infinity Stones. He seems to be the opposite of a master tactician. Avengers: Infinity War has much to do in 2018 to turn that around and justify Thanos’ role as the “big bad” villain of the MCU.
3. The Reality Stone (Aether)
"Their leader, Malekith, made a weapon out of that darkness and it was called the Aether. While the other relics often appear as stones, the Aether is fluid and everchanging. It changes matter into dark matter. It seeks out host bodies, drawing strength from their life-force."―Odin
The Reality Stone first makes its appearance in the prologue of Thor: The Dark World, the second film of Marvel Phase 2. It’s shown to be a powerful substance referred to as the Aether and unlike the other Infinity Stones, it's not in the form of solid. Malekith (Christopher Eccleston), leader of the Dark Elves, aimed to use it to alter the entire universe into a dark state 5000 years ago but was thwarted by an Asgardian army led by Bor (Odin's father).
Bor, knowing the dangers of Infinity Stones, ordered the Aether hidden away until the present day events of Thor: The Dark World unfolded. See, every 5000 years, the nine realms (Asgard and Earth representing two of them) would align in an event dubbed the "Convergence" which created passageways (portals) between all the realms and Malekith wanted to use this to spread his darkness (whatever that means) across them all. Because the next Convergence was happening in present day, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) conveniently found herself pulled through a portal to precisely where the Aether was hidden and it used her as a host.
After some battles and portal hopping, Thor and friends save the day yet again and defeat Malekith. We learn that since Asgard already has an Infinity Stone in Odin's vault, in order to protect the universe they wish to keep them separate and so Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander) are sent to deliver the Aether to The Collector for safekeeping where it currently remains. The Collector, like several other major players in the galaxy, aims to collect them all for himself (he also sought out the Power Stone the following year in Guardians of the Galaxy as we'll discuss next).
We don't know exactly why the Aether was given to The Collector (real name: Taneleer Tivan). It was either Loki's doing (while impersonating Odin) because he knows the dangers of Infinity Stones after meeting Thanos (the same way Gamora came to realize this in Guardians of the Galaxy) or it could be Heimdall (Idris Elba) sending it to what he saw as the safest place which plays nicely into the idea of him banished by Odin (Loki) by the time we see him in Thor: Ragnarok.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018