The thread that will reportedly tie all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films together in ‘The Avengers: Infinity War, Parts 1 and 2,’ the Infinity Stones, have been important background pieces to the story lines of several MCU movies to date. With all the earthbound-superhero-packed action in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ it’s still a fair question to ask: will we be seeing any of the Infinity Stones in the film?
What we know so far of the established facts is that there are six Stones; four have been revealed on screen to date, with two more yet to come. Chronologically so far, audiences have seen the Space Stone (the Tesseract, first seen in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger‘), the Reality Stone (the Aether, as seen in ‘Thor: The Dark World’), the Power Stone (contained inside the orb from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), and the Mind Stone (first seen in ‘The Avengers’ unknowingly inside Loki’s scepter, revealed on-screen in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ ). Where did the Stones come from? As The Collector recounted in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy:’
“Before creation itself, there were six singularities; then the universe exploded into existence and the remnants of this system were forged into concentrated ingots… Infinity Stones.”
The six Stones are a source of contention in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as they can be used in conjunction with each other to make their user cosmically powerful. Not many living beings can physically handle one or more Stones without injuring or killing themselves; however, two Infinity Gauntlets exist that would conceivably allow their wearers to place the gems on the metallic glove and control the Stones’ power.
All this leads to the key question of this article: will one or more Infinity Stones, either those already discovered or one of the as-yet-missing Stones, be seen in ‘Captain America: Civil War?” Asked this question at the film’s premiere, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely gave the answer:
“I think it’s okay to say it’s a Stone-free movie.”
What they likely meant, of course, is that we won’t be seeing either of the unfound Stones, nor will we see any of the Stones that currently aren’t on Earth. The movie technically won’t be “Stone-free,” however, as The Vision is one of the characters in the film, and embedded in his forehead is the aforementioned Mind Stone, as it was planted there during his creation in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron.’
So, where will the final two Infinity Stones – the Time Stone and the Soul Stone (if the MCU follows the comic books with their nomenclature) – pop up? The popular theory right now is that we may see the Time Stone in the upcoming ‘Doctor Strange‘ film, as MCU head honcho Kevin Feige has already mentioned that the Eye of Agamotto (the gem that lives in the clasp of Strange’s cloak) allows the good Doctor to “mess around with time.” My personal theory for the Soul stone is that it may pop up somehow in the upcoming solo ‘Black Panther’ film; yes, the ‘Captain Marvel’ film is the smarter pick, because of the “cosmic” connection (Captain Marvel’s powers are derived from universal/otherworldly means), but not much has been given to us about the nature of the plot of ‘Black Panther…’ it’s just a hunch, of course, and as always, time will tell for sure.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ premieres to US audiences on May 6, 2016.
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