As a lifelong comics reader, one of the most amazing things about the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the sheer number of people who not so long ago wouldn’t have known Spider-Man from Ant-Man but can now speak fluently about Infinity Stones.
But even those of us with decades worth of bagged and boarded comics in our basement could use a little refresher from time to time. To that end, Marvel editor Jordan D. White (who oversees Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’, ‘Star Wars’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ comic lines) shared a handy guide to the reality-warping rocks on Twitter. White’s tweet (seen below) includes an infographic that identifies each stone and provides a brief overview of its properties. Note that the chart refers primarily to the comic book versions of the Infinity Stones, so the bit about mastering one stone to power another doesn’t apply to their filmic counterparts (as far as we know)
BTW…the descriptions on the stones here is not a mistake. It’s part of how the stones have changed–they form a circuit. Your mastery of one element powers the next stone in the circuit and so one around in an infinite feedback loop. Hence, infinite power. pic.twitter.com/30DxH0cyRn
— Jordan D. White (@cracksh0t) February 20, 2018
One imagines this chart might come in handy going into ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. After all, the film pits the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy against Thanos, who has at last come to collect the various Infinity Stones, which together will allow him to remake the universe as he sees fit. So where are they? Well…
- Space: Introduced in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, and later seen in ‘The Avengers’, the first Infinity Stone movie audiences encountered is housed in the Tesseract. Currently in the possession of Loki, who retrieved it from Asgard prior to its destruction.
- Mind: Features most prominently in ‘The Avengers’, at which time it was housed in Loki’s scepter and used to control the minds of Hawkeye and a number of other SHIELD agents. Since ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ it has been located in Vision’s forehead.
- Reality: Seen in the fluid-like form of the Aether in ‘Thor: The Dark World’. At the end of that film, the Asgardians entrusted it to the Collector.
- Power: Featured in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, the Power stone spends most of the movie encased in an orb. Following Ronan’s defeat, the stone was left in the care of the Nova Corps.
- Time: As revealed in ‘Doctor Strange’, the Time stone is contained within the Eye of Agamotto at Kamar-Taj.
- Soul: Unknown. This will almost certainly come into play in the course of ‘Infinity War’.
Directed by the Russo brothers from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ represents the culmination of a decade-long effort by Marvel Studios. The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olson, Sebastian Stan, and too many others to count, is due to arrive in theaters on May 4, 2018.