Warning: mild spoilers for Black Panther.
Black Panther may have expanded the world of Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there’s one big question about the franchise’s future it leaves completely – and surprisingly – unanswered: where is the Soul Stone?
The next film in the MCU is Avengers: Infinity War, which will see Mad Titan Thanos try and collect the six Infinity Stones in a bid to attain ultimate power in the universe. Most of the stones have been the central MacGuffins in previous movies, but the last – the Soul Stone – has been conspicuously absent. It was expected to turn up in Black Panther, yet it’s hardly a spoiler to say it doesn’t. And so now we’re left with one giant orange hole at the center of the 18-movie-strong franchise.
Today we’re going to try and crack the case. With pretty much all the evidence we can possibly have ahead of Avengers: Infinity War, here’s where we think the Soul Stone could be.
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The Mystery Of The Last Infinity Stone
This is the story of the MCU. Marvel started introducing the Infinity Stones in Thor‘s post-credits scene (where it was revealed Nick Fury has acquired Captain America: The First Avenger‘s Tesseract), and explicitly building towards an Infinity Gauntlet arc since the Thanos’ reveal in The Avengers‘ mid-credits scene.
The Infinity Stones are gems of near unlimited power created in the Big Bang from six singularities that pre-date time itself. Independently they each have their own powers (although in the movies have been somewhat interchangeable MacGuffins), but when brought together will allow the user near-Godlike autonomy over the universe. Thus far we’ve been introduced to five of the Infinite Six: the Tesseract in The Avengers (Space Stone); Loki’s scepter in Avengers: Age of Ultron (Mind Stone); the Aether in Thor: The Dark World (Reality Stone); the orb in Guardians of the Galaxy (Power Stone); and the Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange (Time Stone). One, however, has been missing: the Soul Stone.
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Theories have abounded for where it could be. Many of these centered around Thor: a long-standing expectation was that Heimdall either was himself or otherwise in possession of the Soul Stone, mainly due to his all-seeing power and its associated orange glow. Another, alt-Asgard theory suggested Odin was in possession of the Stone, and that his death in Thor: Ragnarok would see that power transfer to Hela (and, as a pivotal trailer scene was cut, may have initially been the case). When Thor 3 disproved that, all eyes turned to Wakanda; the only remaining film before Avengers: Infinity War would put the Stones front and center, it surely had to appear in Black Panther. And yet, nothing. Where is the Soul Stone?
What We Know For Certain About The Soul Stone
Theories have been so varied about the Soul Stone mainly because we know so little about it. From the films, all we really have is that it’s orange. Assuming it’s going to share some properties of the comic book Soul Gem (something that hasn’t always been the case for the Infinity Stones), its powers will be some of the most out there, allowing the wielder to look into and collect other people’s souls.
A few things regarding the Soul Stone can be gleaned from promo material for Avengers: Infinity War, however. It’s the central gem in Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet per repeated images of his with the full set, and he won’t get it until later on in his quest for the stones; from the trailer we see he gets the Power Stone and Space Stone first, and a behind-the-scenes video showing a semi-complete Infinity Gauntlet suggested next up would be the Mind Stone and Reality Stone.
So: the Soul Stone orange; it has powers unlike anything we’ve seen in the MCU up to this point; and it likely won’t factor into Infinity War until the latter half (if not Avengers 4). How does this help us?
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