When Avengers: Infinity War begins, who in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have already heard of the mighty Infinity Stones? By now, the six ancient ingots that represent the concentrated power in the MCU - Space, Time, the Mind, Reality, Power, and the Soul - will be very familiar to fans who have been hearing about them in the movies for almost a decade. However, far more people in the real world know about - or have even heard of - the Infinity Stones compared to the inhabitants of the MCU.
It's also worth noting that while Infinity Stones have been a fixture of the MCU since Captain America: The First Avenger, four of the six Stones were known by other names when they first appeared. Therefore, villains like the Red Skull and Malekith have wielded these power sources without fully realizing their true nature, or even their true names.
In the first Captain America film, and in The Avengers, the Space Stone was referred to as the Tesseract. The Aether in Thor: The Dark World was actually the Reality Stone. The Orb in the first Guardians of the Galaxy was quickly revealed to be the Power Stone, while it was only at the end of Doctor Strange that the titular sorcerer learned the Eye of Amagotto he wore around his neck was actually the Time Stone. The jewel in Loki's scepter highlighted in Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn't given a name, but it was always the Mind Stone. That leaves the whereabouts of the final - and most dangerous - power source, the Soul Stone, the subject of much speculation (though Wakanda is the likeliest bet).
When Thanos arrives on Earth, many of the Avengers themselves will be playing catch-up as to why this enormous purple alien with a big chin is attacking, and what exactly he is after. Some of the Avengers have only part of the necessary background, though a few know much more or even all of the facts - and they wish they didn't. Of course, many ancient cosmic beings who are now deceased (like Odin and Ego) were likely aware of the Infinity Stones. Since those characters and others - like the Red Skull, who sought the Tesseract - will not appear in Infinity War, let's look at which of the heroes in Avengers 3 know what the Infinity Stones are, and which ones will be learning all of this for the first time while fighting off aliens.
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Avengers Who Know About All Of The Stones And Thanos
Thor: The God of Thunder is intimately familiar with Infinity Stones. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor became fully aware of the fabled power sources after receiving a vision while immersed in the Water of Sights. He specifically learned that the Mind Stone was in Loki's scepter and used his magic lightning to help birth the Vision, who is powered by the Mind Stone on his forehead. Thor then left Earth at Age of Ultron's conclusion to begin a years-long hunt (in vain) for the rest of the Infinity Stones.
Loki: The God of Mischief has the distinction of having wielded two Infinity Stones at the same time. When he led the Chitauri invasion of Earth, he used the Space Stone that he stole from S.H.I.E.L.D. to open a gateway for the aliens. Loki concurrently used the Mind Stone in his scepter to control several humans, including Clint Barton, to do his bidding. By the conclusion of Thor: Ragnarok, Loki once again had the Space Stone in his possession, which he rescued from Odin's Vault before Surtur annihilated Asgard. Also worthy of note is that Thanos actually already had the Mind Stone in his possession before The Avengers began, but he gave it to Loki, who promptly lost it. Therefore, Loki unfortunately already knows who Thanos is, unlike Thor and his friends.
The Guardians of the Galaxy: They might be their own motley unit, but fans can safely consider the Guardians an adjunct of the Avengers in Infinity War. It's thanks to the first Guardians film that fans received the history of the Infinity Stones. When the ragtag band of intergalactic misfits delivered the Power Stone (which they knew as the Orb) to Taneleer Tivan on Knowhere, the Collector offered a detailed explanation of "the six singularities" formed "before creation itself." Tivan also laid out some of the rules of the Infinity Stones: that they can "only be brandished by beings of extraordinary strength" (hence, there are specific ways to safely wield the devastatingly powerful ingots).
Gamora and Drax have scores to settle with Thanos himself (i.e. they desperately want to kill him). Thus, the Guardians will be key players in Infinity War, as they personally know the Mad Titan as well as have the vital background on the Stones he covets. While their newest recruit, Mantis, was not part of the Guardians when they met the Collector, a number of years have passed in the MCU timeline between Guardians Vol. 2 and Infinity War, so we can assume the subject of Infinity Stones came up at some point and Mantis is clued in as well.
Doctor Strange and Wong: Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to save the world from Dormammu and was later informed by Wong that the Eye was actually an Infinity Stone. In the Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #2 comic, Wong continued the Doctor's education on the Stones, filling him in on recent events involving the Space, Mind, and Reality Stones, while warning of the dangers of the missing Soul Stone. However, as far as the mystics of Kamar-Taj are aware, the Power Stone is still hidden as the Orb on the planet Morag. They have no knowledge of the events of Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and that the Power Stone is now secured by the Nova Corps on Xandar. Nor are Wong and Strange aware of Thanos before Infinity War begins.
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