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The Infinity Gems (originally referred to as Soul Gems and later as Infinity Stones) are six gems appearing in Marvel Comics. The six gems are the Mind, Power, Reality, Soul, Space, and Time Gems. (Some later storylines, crossovers and other media feature a seventh of some sort.) The Gems have been used by various characters in the Marvel Universe. The Infinity Stones are the most powerful objects in the Marvel Universe. The stones gives the user unlimited power, even far beyond the laws of physics and Scientific laws

Infinity Gems
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Thanos with the six Infinity Gems
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceSoul Gem: Marvel Premiere #1 (April 1972);
Mind Gem: Captain Marvel #41 (Nov. 1975);
Power & Time Gem: Marvel Team-Up #55 (Mar. 1977);
All six Gems: Avengers Annual #7 (1977).
as The Infinity Gauntlet: The Silver Surfer Vol. 3 #44 (Dec. 1990)
In story information
TypeJewels
Element of stories featuringAdam Warlock; Thanos

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they were described as "Infinity Stones" and played a prominent role in the first three phases, entitled "The Infinity Saga".

Publication historyEdit

The first appearance of an Infinity Gem occurred in 1972 in Marvel Premiere #1. It was originally called a "Soul Gem".[1][2] In 1976, a second "Soul Gem" appeared in a Captain Marvel story which established that there were six Soul Gems, each with different powers.[3] One year later, two more "Soul Gems" were introduced in a Warlock crossover involving Spider-Man.[2] The full set of six Gems appeared when the death-obsessed villain Thanos attempted to use them to extinguish every star in the universe.[2][4] In a 1988 storyline in Silver Surfer vol. 3, the Elders of the Universe tried to use the "Soul Gems" to steal the energy of the world-eating entity Galactus.[2]

In the 1990 limited series The Thanos Quest, Thanos refers to the entire set as "Infinity Gems" for the first time. In this storyline, he steals the Gems for the second time and reveals the Gems to be the last remains of an omnipotent being.[5] Thanos then places all six gems within his left gauntlet.[6][full citation needed] In the miniseries The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos uses the Gems to become nearly omnipotent and kills half the universe's population as a gift to his love, the cosmic embodiment of Death. Although he easily repels an attack by Earth's heroes and other cosmic entities including Eternity, the Gauntlet is eventually stolen from him by Nebula, who undoes the last 24 hours, including his mass killings. Adam Warlock then recovers the Gauntlet and, by order of the Living Tribunal, divides the Gems among a group he calls "the Infinity Watch", consisting of himself, the superheroes Gamora, Pip the Troll, Drax the Destroyer, Moondragon, and his former adversary Thanos. The group's adventures in defending the Gems appear in the series Warlock and the Infinity Watch (1992–1995).[7]

The Gems are next gathered by Warlock's evil alter ego, the Magus, in the 1992 limited series The Infinity War, where he is defeated by Warlock and Earth's heroes, including Thanos.[8] In the 1993 limited series The Infinity Crusade, the embodiment of Warlock's goodness, the Goddess, attempts to destroy evil in the universe by destroying free will. The Gems are then once again retrieved by the Infinity Watch.[9]

In a story arc of the Thanos series (2003–2004), Galactus gathers the six Gems but accidentally allows an interdimensional entity named Hunger access to the Marvel universe. Thanos and Galactus banish the entity and the Gems are scattered again with the exception of the Soul Gem, which Thanos retains for its customary custodian Adam Warlock.[10] In New Avengers: Illuminati, a 2007–2008 limited series, a cabal of Earth's heroes gather the Gems and attempt to wish them out of existence but discover that they must exist as part of the cosmic balance. Instead, the Illuminati divide and hide the Gems.[11]

In a 2010 Avengers storyline, the human criminal known as the Hood steals several Gems but is defeated by use of the remaining Gems; the Illuminati attempt to hide them again.[12][13][14][full citation needed] The Illuminati later wield the Gems to stop another universe from collapsing into their own but the Gems are shattered by the effort.[15][full citation needed] Afterwards, the previously vanished Time Gem appears to Captain America and some of the Avengers and transports them into future realities, shattering time in the process.[16][full citation needed]

As a result of the Incursions, the entire Multiverse is destroyed. However, Doctor Doom combines fragments of several alternate realities into Battleworld. Doctor Strange gathers Infinity Gems from various realities into a new Infinity Gauntlet, which he leaves hidden until the surviving heroes of Earth-616 return.[citation needed] The Gauntlet is subsequently claimed by T'Challa (the Black Panther), who uses it to keep the Beyonder-enhanced Doom occupied until Mister Fantastic can disrupt his power source.[citation needed]

Following the recreation of the Multiverse, the Infinity Gems (now known as the Infinity Stones) are recreated and scattered across the universe, with their colors switched and some taking on uncut ingot forms. In Marvel Legacy #1, the Space Stone (now colored blue) appears on Earth where a Frost Giant working for Loki steals it from a S.H.I.E.L.D. storage facility, however he is intercepted and defeated by a resurrected Wolverine.[17] Star-Lord discovers an extra-large Power Stone (now colored purple) being protected by the Nova Corps,[18][full citation needed] and an alternate universe Peter Quill named Starkill has the Reality Stone (now colored red).[19][full citation needed] A future version of Ghost Rider is revealed to possess a shard of the Time Stone (now colored green),[20][full citation needed] while in the present the complete stone restores the ruined planet of Sakaar and is claimed by the Super-Skrull.[citation needed] The Mind Stone (now colored yellow) is found on Earth in the hands of petty crook Turk Barrett,[21] and the Soul Stone (now colored orange) is mentioned to Adam Warlock to be in the hands of his dark aspect, the Magus;[22][full citation needed] however, Ultron is able to claim it after ambushing and killing him.[21][full citation needed] The Stones are shown to have a pocket universe existing within each of them.[23] Adam Warlock uses the Soul Stone to grant sentience to each of the Stones, which then travel the universe, finding a suitable host and bonding with them.[24]

DescriptionEdit

Each Gem is shaped like a small oval[25] and is named after, and represents, a different characteristic of existence.[citation needed] Possessing any single Gem grants the user the ability to command whatever aspect of existence the Gem represents.[citation needed] The Gems are not immutable.[26] For instance, on two occasions, one or more of the Gems have appeared as deep pink spheres several feet in diameter,[3][27] while on other occasions, the Gems have appeared in their small oval shape but with different coloring. (e.g. the Soul Gem being colored red when worn by the Gardener).[28] In the Ultraverse, after merging into their original form of Nemesis, the Gems were again separated after a battle with Ultraforce and the Avengers.[29] As part of the Marvel Legacy initiative, the Infinity Gems (now known as the Infinity Stones), had their colors altered to match the colors of the Infinity Stones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[30] The six Infinity Gems include:

Name Original color
(1972–2016)
Marvel Legacy color
(2017–present)
Powers and capabilities Known users Pocket universe
(2018–present)
Soul Green Orange Allows the user to steal, control, manipulate, and alter living and dead souls. The Soul Gem also acts as a gateway to an idyllic pocket universe. At full potential, when backed by the Power Gem, the Soul Gem grants the user control over all life in the universe. High Evolutionary; Adam Warlock; Gardener; In-Betweener; Thanos; Nebula; Magus; Doctor Strange; Ultron/Hank Pym; Requiem; Loki Soul World: the final resting place for all lost spirits. Overseen by Devondra, an inter-dimensional parasite.
Time Orange Green Allows the user to see into the past and the future; stop, slow down, speed up or reverse the flow of time; travel through time; change the past and the future; age and de-age beings, and trap people or entire universes in unending loops of time. At full potential, when backed by the Power Gem, the Time Gem grants the user omniscience and total control over the past, present, and future. Gardener; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Gamora; Doctor Strange; Maxam; Magus; Rune; Hardcase; Galactus; Namor; Thor; Mister Fantastic; Iron Man; Lockheed; Black Widow; Kl'rt; Requiem; Ant-Man; Loki; Hector Bautista Ellipsis: manipulates the flow of time for anyone within it.
Space Purple Blue Allows the user to exist in any location; move any object anywhere throughout reality; warp or rearrange space; teleport themselves and others; increase their speed, and alter the distance between objects contrary to the laws of physics. At full potential, when backed by the Power Gem, the Space Gem grants the user omnipresence. Runner; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Pip the Troll; Iron Man; Hood; Old Man Logan; Black Widow; Requiem; Black Bolt; Loki The Vast: an endless expanse of empty existence stretching on into forever.
Mind Blue Yellow Allows the user to enhance their mental and psionic abilities and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. At full potential, when backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously. The Mind Gem is also the manifestation of the universal subconscious. Grandmaster; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Moondragon; Magus; Rune; Primevil; Galactus; Professor X; Hood; Ms. Marvel; Beast; Turk Barrett; Requiem; Kamala Khan; Loki, Vision The Mindscape: allows the user to bring anything they imagine or dream of to life. Home to the Sleepwalkers.
Reality Yellow Red Allows the user to fulfill their wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws, and do things that would normally be impossible. At full potential, when backed by the other five Gems, the Reality Gem allows the user to alter reality on a universal scale and also create any type of alternate reality the user wishes. Stranger; Collector; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Rune; Night Man; Galactus; Black Bolt; Hood; Iron Man; Black Widow; Vision; Carol Danvers; Requiem; Kang the Conqueror; Loki; Ripley Ryan World Pool: used to access alternate realities, which are portrayed as an endless comic book collection. Overseen by Archivus, the chronicler of the Multiverse.
Power Red Purple Allows the user to access and manipulate all forms of energy; enhance their physical strength and durability; enhance any superhuman ability; and boost the effects of the other five Gems. At full potential, the Power Gem grants the user omnipotence. Champion of the Universe; Thanos; Nebula; Adam Warlock; Drax the Destroyer; Thor; Magus; Rune; Lord Pumpkin; Galactus; She-Hulk; Titania; Mister Fantastic; The Hood; Red Hulk; Xiambor; Namor; The Juggernaut; Nova Corps; Star-Lord; Requiem; Emma Frost; Loki The Arena: resembles a Colosseum where heroes fight each other in a contest of might. Ruled by Dynamus, the living embodiment of the Power Cosmic.

Additional Gems have appeared in crossover media and alternate universes outside the Marvel Universe, often comedic in nature.

Name Color Powers and capabilities Known owners
Ego White The Ego Gem contains the consciousness of the cosmic entity Nemesis and recreates her when united with the other six Gems. The Ego Gem is found in the Ultraverse when the Asgardian god Loki attempts to steal the other six Gems. Sersi; Nemesis
Rhythm Pink A seventh, fake "Rhythm Gem" is created by Loki as part of a scheme in the Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet video game. Loki; Enchantress; Thanos
Build Red In the Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat animated film, a seventh Build Stone exists. Thanos seeks to possess the Build Stone in order to build a weapon.
Death Yellow In The Infinity Gauntlet 2015 limited series, released as part of the Secret Wars crossover event, Anwen Bakian uses the Reality Stone to create the Death Stone. Anwen gives it to Thanos, and it corrupts him with black matter and turns him to dust. Anwen Bakian; Thanos
Continuity Black In an issue of the Deadpool comic series, Deadpool gets his hands on the Continuity Stone, which gives the characters the power to talk to the comic book writers themselves.[citation needed] Deadpool

Other versionsEdit

Council of ReedsEdit

The Reed Richards of Earth-616, in an attempt to "solve everything", meets with a council of alternate universe Reeds. Three of them wear Infinity Gauntlets, which only work in their respective universes.[31][full citation needed]

New AvengersEdit

During the "Incursion" storyline, the Avengers travel to a parallel Earth where a pastiche of the Justice League have replaced this Earth's Avengers who all died in a previous cataclysm. Here the Gems are all square planes which are assembled into the "Wishing Cube", a composite of the concepts of the Infinity Gems and the Cosmic Cube.[32]

Secret WarsEdit

After various alternate universes are combined into Battleworld, Doctor Strange gathers Infinity Gems from other universes into a new Infinity Gauntlet that works in the area where Doom has built his palace. Strange leaves the Gauntlet hidden until he has access to someone he can trust it with. After his death, the Gauntlet is claimed by T'Challa,[33][full citation needed] who uses it against Doom in the final battle.[34][full citation needed][35][full citation needed]

A separate section of Battleworld known as New Xandar also has a Gauntlet fought over by multiple factions until the majority of the Stones, except the Reality Stone, were taken by Thanos.[36] Thanos eventually tracks the missing Stone to Nova Corps member Anwen Bakian. When Thanos confronts her to get the Stone, Anwen gives him a duplicate of the Reality Stone she created called the 'Death Stone'. When used along with the other five Stones, the Death Stone corrupts Thanos with black matter and turns him to dust.[37]

Ultimate MarvelEdit

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, an Infinity Gauntlet is seen in Project Pegasus.[38] The Mind Gem (stolen by Hydra) is used by Modi (Thor's son) to control both Director Flumm and Cassie Lang, but are stopped by the Ultimates.[39][full citation needed] The Power Gem is later revealed to be in the possession of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sayuri Kyota, while a second Infinity Gauntlet is recovered from an A.I.M. base by Thor and Susan Storm.[40][full citation needed] Kang the Conqueror later allies himself with the Hulk, Reed Richards and Quicksilver as part of a plan to steal the two Gauntlets, which results in the destruction of the Triskelion. Quicksilver recovers two additional Gems allowing the villains to teleport away.[41][full citation needed] Richards is later able to recover another of the Gems, which is found lodged in Tony Stark's brain. He informs Stark that the Infinity Gems are needed to save the world from a coming cataclysm that will destroy the entire universe.[42][full citation needed] After brainwashing Johnny Storm and forcing him to travel to the Earth's core, the Dark Ultimates are able to recover the final gem,[43][full citation needed] but are defeated by the Ultimates. The gems then shatter, rendering the Gauntlets useless.[44][full citation needed]

What If?Edit

In a reality where Doctor Doom retained the power of the Beyonder, Doom acquired the Infinity Gems from the Elders of the Universe and used them to defeat the Celestials in a 407-year-long war before finally forsaking his power.[45][full citation needed]

In an alternate reality where the original Fantastic Four died, a new Fantastic Four – consisting of Spider-Man, Hulk, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider – was formed. With Iron Man replacing Ghost Rider, they were the only heroes available to fight Thanos when he initially assembled the Infinity Gauntlet. Despite Iron Man's use of Negative Zone-enhanced Celestial armor, Thanos still easily defeated the team until Wolverine tricked Thanos into erasing Mephisto from existence before cutting off Thanos's left arm, and therefore the Infinity Gauntlet. With Thanos powerless, Spider-Man used the gauntlet to undo the events of Thanos's godhood.[46][full citation needed]

Contest of ChampionsEdit

In the Contest of Champions miniseries, an alternate version of Tony Stark uses the Reality Gem to win the superhero civil war and affect the outcome of a presidential election. When he tries to use the Gem on Battleworld, he is killed by the Maestro, who says the Gems do not work in any universe other than their own.[47][full citation needed]

In other mediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • The Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Gems appear in The Super Hero Squad Show television show.[48]
  • The Infinity Gauntlet and the Infinity Gems appear in Avengers Assemble; there are only five Infinity Gems as the Soul Stone is not present.

FilmEdit

 
Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet with the six Infinity Stones.

The Infinity Stones are significant in the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), playing important roles in several films. In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Collector explains that the Infinity Stones are the remnants of six singularities that existed before the Big Bang, which were compressed into Stones by cosmic entities after the universe began and were dispersed throughout the cosmos. In Avengers: Infinity War, it is further explained by Wong and Doctor Strange that each stone embodies and controls an essential aspect of existence. Throughout the series, the Mad Titan Thanos seeks to collect them all and use them to wipe out half of all life in the universe, believing that it will save the universe from extinction. Having completed this goal in Infinity War, Thanos then uses the Stones' power to destroy them so that his actions cannot be undone, but the Avengers are eventually able to use the quantum realm to devise a means of time travel that allows them to go back in time and retrieve past versions of the Stones from a point before Thanos destroyed them, allowing them to restore all those killed by Thanos and then eliminate the forces of a past version of Thanos that had followed them from 2014 into the present and attempted to use the Past Infinity Stones to destroy and recreate the universe.

In order of introduction, they are:

  • Space Stone (Blue):
    Housed in a cube-like weapon called the Tesseract; it first appears briefly in the post-credits scene of Thor with Nick Fury showing the object to Erik Selvig, not knowing that Loki was there as well. In Captain America: The First Avenger, the Red Skull steals the Tesseract from a church to use to power Hydra's weaponry. During Captain America's fight with the Red Skull, the Tesseract transports the Red Skull somewhere else (later revealed to be the planet Vormir in Avengers: Infinity War) before falling into the Arctic Ocean where it is later recovered by Howard Stark and taken to a secret base. Captain Marvel revealed that Dr. Wendy Lawson tries to use the Tesseract in 1989 to unlock light-speed travel in order to help the Skrulls find a new home, but is unsuccessful. The Tesseract is eventually recovered by Carol Danvers, who hands the object over to S.H.I.E.L.D. In The Avengers, the Tesseract is shown to be capable of generating wormholes; Loki steals the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. to use to transport the Chitauri army to New York City in an attempt to conquer Earth. After the Avengers repel the invasion, it is returned to Asgard for safekeeping in Odin's Vault and used to repair the Bifrost Bridge which had been destroyed during the events of Thor.[49] Loki later steals the Tesseract before Asgard's destruction during Thor: Ragnarok,[50] and gives the object to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War to save Thor's life. Thanos then crushes the Tesseract to acquire the Space Stone inside; its abilities allow him to open wormholes at will. In Avengers: Endgame, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Scott Lang and Bruce Banner all time travel to the Battle of New York during the events of The Avengers in 2012, where Stark and Lang attempt to steal the 2012 version of the Tesseract before it is returned to Asgard in the aftermath of the battle, but 2012 Hulk accidentally knocks Stark down and the 2012 Tesseract slides over to 2012 Loki, who uses it to open a portal and escape. Stark and Rogers then travel to 1970 and steal the 1970 version of the Tesseract from a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in New Jersey.
  • Mind Stone (Yellow):
    Housed in a scepter; it is first seen in The Avengers when Loki is given the scepter by Thanos and the Other to help locate the Tesseract and conquer Earth; the scepter allows for its user to control people's minds and project energy blasts.[51] After Loki's defeat, the scepter fell into the hands of Hydra leader Baron Wolfgang von Strucker who is shown in the mid-credits scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier to have been using the object to experiment on humans. Avengers: Age of Ultron revealed that the only surviving subjects of Strucker's experiments are the siblings Pietro Maximoff and Wanda Maximoff, in whom superhuman abilities were unlocked before Strucker's base was attacked by the Avengers, who took back the scepter. The scepter is later revealed to contain the Mind Stone, and it is also revealed that the Mind Stone has an artificial intelligence that grants sentience to the computer program Ultron, who steals the scepter and removes the Mind Stone to create a newly upgraded body. The Avengers steal the Mind Stone-infused body from Ultron and upload the A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. into the body, giving birth to the android Vision.[49][52] The Mind Stone can also enhance the user's intelligence,[51] grants the user immense knowledge, and can create new life.[53] In Avengers: Infinity War, Vision is injured by the Black Order trying to get the Mind Stone and is taken to Wakanda to have the Mind Stone removed from his forehead, in the hope of living without the Mind Stone. When the operation to remove the Mind Stone is interrupted, Wanda is forced to destroy Vision and the Mind Stone, only for Thanos to use the Time Stone to repair them both and collect the Mind Stone, killing Vision again. In Avengers: Endgame, Rogers, having traveled back in time to the events of The Avengers in 2012, retrieves the 2012 version of the Mind Stone (in its scepter) from Hydra operatives from within S.H.I.E.L.D. in the aftermath of the Battle of New York. Rogers then uses the scepter to render the 2012 version of himself (who mistakes him for 2012 Loki in disguise) unconscious.
  • Reality Stone (Red):
    Transformed into the fluid-like weapon called the Aether; it first appears in Thor: The Dark World when Malekith the Accursed attempts to use the Aether to destroy the Nine Realms and return the universe to its pre-Big Bang state. Jane Foster becomes infected by the Aether after coming across its resting place, and the Aether is later drawn out of Foster by Malekith. After Malekith is defeated by Thor, Sif and Volstagg seal the Aether in a lantern-like container which they entrust to the Collector in order to separate from the Tesseract, as they consider it unwise to have multiple Stones close to each other (unaware that the Collector is also planning to obtain the other five Infinity Stones).[49][54][55] The Aether, once bonded to a host, can turn anything into dark matter, and suck the life force out of humans and other mortals. The Aether can also disrupt the laws of physics, and repel threats if sensing any. [53] In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos acquires the Aether from the Collector and turns it back into its solid form as the Reality Stone. The Reality Stone's abilities allowed Thanos to repel the Guardians of the Galaxy's attacks by turning Drax the Destroyer to stone, Mantis into ribbon strips, and causing Star-Lord's gun to shoot bubbles. In Avengers: Endgame, Thor and Rocket Raccoon time travel to Asgard during the events of Thor: The Dark World in 2013 and extract the 2013 version of the Aether from 2013 Jane as well as obtaining the 2013 version of Mjolnir.
  • Power Stone (Purple):
    Housed in an orb hidden on the planet Morag; it can increase the user's strength and destroy entire civilizations with a single blast. However, the stone is too much for most mortal beings to physically handle and are eventually destroyed by its power.[56][57] In Guardians of the Galaxy, Ronan the Accuser seeks the orb for Thanos but Star-Lord finds and steals the orb from Morag's resting spot before Ronan’s men could. An all-out war occurs between Ronan's forces and the Guardians of the Galaxy for the orb, with Ronan successfully acquiring the orb in the end. After learning about the Power Stone, Ronan betrays Thanos and tries to use the Power Stone to destroy the planet Xandar but is stopped and defeated by the Ravagers, Nova Corps, and the Guardians of the Galaxy who then seal the Power Stone in a new orb, which is then entrusted to the Nova Corps for safekeeping.[49] Avengers: Infinity War revealed that the Power Stone was the first to be obtained by Thanos who "decimates" Xandar in the process. In Avengers: Endgame, James Rhodes and Nebula time travel to Morag during the events of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, subduing 2014 Star-Lord and taking the 2014 Power Stone in its orb.
  • Time Stone (Green):
    Housed in the Eye of Agamotto by Earth's first sorcerer, a Master of the Mystic Arts can use the Time Stone to alter and manipulate time. In Doctor Strange, Dr. Stephen Strange finds the Eye of Agamotto and learns how to use the Eye of Agamotto to save the Earth from Dormammu by trapping them in a time loop until the demon abandons plans for Earth. Strange returns the Eye of Agamotto to the Masters of the Mystic Arts' secret compound Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu, Nepal but is later seen wearing the Eye of Agamotto again in the mid-credits scene.[58][59] During the events of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos's lieutenants attempt to steal the Eye of Agamotto from Strange but are foiled by Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wong. While on the planet Titan (Thanos's homeworld), Strange uses the Time Stone to look into future timelines, viewing millions of possible outcomes of their conflict with Thanos and sees only one future in which they win. Strange later surrenders the Time Stone to Thanos to save Stark. During the confrontation in Wakanda, Thanos uses the Time Stone to undo the Mind Stone's destruction. In Avengers: Endgame, Smart Hulk, having traveled back in time to 2012, goes to the New York Sanctum during the Battle of New York during the events of The Avengers and convinces the Ancient One to relinquish the 2012 version of the Time Stone.
  • Soul Stone (Orange):
    An object that has the ability to manipulate a soul and the essence of a person,[60] as well as control life and death, and contains a pocket dimension called the Soulworld.[61][62] The Soul Stone is first seen in Avengers: Infinity War. At some point, Thanos tasked Gamora to find the Soul Stone as there is little record of its existence compared to the other Infinity Stones. Gamora found the Soul Stone hidden in a shrine on the planet Vormir, but decided not to tell Thanos and kept the secret with Nebula (little realizing that Thanos wasn't fooled). After Thanos captures and tortures Nebula, Gamora agrees to take Thanos to Vormir, where they encounter the Red Skull (having been transported to Vormir by the Tesseract) who serves as the Stonekeeper. Thanos willingly sacrifices Gamora in order to fulfill the requirements to obtain the Stone.[63][64] After using all six Infinity Stones to wipe out half of all life in the universe, Thanos is briefly transported into the Soulworld and encounters Gamora as a child.[65] In Avengers: Endgame, Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton travel to Vormir in the past, where each attempts to sacrifice themselves to allow the other to return with the Stone. Ultimately, Romanoff wins the struggle and jumps to her death so that Barton can return to be with his family.

The Infinity Gauntlet appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A right-handed gauntlet appears in Thor, where it's stored in Odin's vault;[49] this one was later revealed to be a fake by Hela in Thor: Ragnarok.[66] The mid-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron revealed Thanos has acquired a left-handed gauntlet (which is the real Infinity Gauntlet).[67] Avengers: Infinity War reveals the Infinity Gauntlet was created by Eitri under duress by Thanos, before the Mad Titan killed Eitri's people and crippled Eitri's hands to prevent anything else from being created. In Avengers: Endgame, after Thanos wipes out half of all life in the universe – in the event that is now known as "The Blip" – and destroys the Infinity Stones to prevent his work from being undone, the Avengers use nanotechnology to create a third, right-handed gauntlet in order to use the Infinity Stones they earlier acquired from the past. Smart Hulk, due to being the most immune to the gamma radiation the Infinity Stones' combined powers emit, uses the gauntlet to reverse the Blip (though not without strain also caused by the combined powers). Immediately afterwards, the Avengers are besieged by Thanos's army from 2014, with Past Thanos now intending to use the Past Infinity Stones to destroy the universe and build anew, while erasing all memory of the original. In the ensuing battle, Tony Stark sacrifices himself by using the Past Infinity Stones–having incorporated them into his armor–to disintegrate Past Thanos and his forces from existence, removing them from the timeline altogether. After Stark's funeral, Steve Rogers returns the Past Infinity Stones and Past Mjolnir (which Thor had acquired from 2013) to the times and places they'd come from to prevent alternate timelines from forming.

Video GamesEdit

  • The Infinity Gems are featured in Marvel Super Heroes In War of the Gems (based on the "Infinity Gauntlet" saga) and Marvel Super Heroes.[68][69]
  • The Infinity Gems are seen in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes when Thanos uses Power, Soul, Reality, and Space for his Supers.
  • The Infinity Gems, including the Infinity Sword, appear as a driving part of the Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet video game.[70]
  • The Infinity Stones play a major role in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. During gameplay, using an Infinity Stone will grant player characters a specific enhancement based on the Infinity Stone being used.[71][72] In the game's story, Ultron and Sigma use the Space Stone and Reality Stone to be Ultron Sigma and merge the worlds into one under their control, and the heroes must retrieve the other four stones to stop the fused supervillain.[73] The Infinity Stones in the game use the Infinity Stones' naming and color scheme from the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather than the Infinity Gems' naming and color scheme from previous Marvel video games.[citation needed] The Collector's Edition of the game comes with a replica of the Infinity Stones housed in a small box with an LED display.[citation needed]
  • From January to August 2012, Wizkids presented the Infinity Gauntlet program at stores that host HeroClix tournaments.[citation needed] An Infinity Gauntlet prop was released, followed by a different Gem each month. Each Gem can be added to the Gauntlet, increasing its power in game. The Gems can be displayed on a stand that comes with the Gauntlet or on each Elder that Thanos encountered in the story Thanos Quest.[74]
  • Replica Infinity Gauntlets were given out as trophies at Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 8, a 2012 Road to Evo tournament.[75]
  • In a tie-in with the film Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel and Epic Games announced the "Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup" mode for Fortnite Battle Royale, where players can find the Gauntlet hidden on the game map and become Thanos with added abilities.[76]
  • The Infinity Stones appear in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. A key part of the game's story, Thanos and the Black Order attempt to collect the Infinity Stones in order to achieve galactic conquest and are opposed by the Avengers, the X-Men, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Defenders, the Inhumans, the Midnight Sons, the Spider-Verse, the Fantastic Four and Marvel Knights.

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