If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy, this is your one-stop-shop for nerdy geek-outs. Packed full of spoilers, of course.
In an effort to distance themselves from films such as Batman & Robin and the original Superman, comic book movies have as of late softened up details of the more “out there” comic book elements to keep the genre mainstream. That means no kryptonite for Superman, and it also means shying away from characters such as Galactus . . . or so we thought. There’s no Galactus yet, but Marvel is, it seems, taking something head-on that they’ve avoided so far – the infinity stones.
These stones together, each holding a different type of power, allow the wielder to essentially be a god, having both omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipotence (all-powerful). There are six of them, and they are power, reality, space, time, mind and soul. Sounds pretty geeky, I know (but also awesome, right?). But here’s the thing.
Marvel has already introduced these stones.
They just aren’t calling them the infinity stones. Or not yet. I suspect that may change in the near future. Here’s what we have so far.
Space stone (blue): Also known as the Tesseract, which allowed Loki to create a portal for his alien army to flood into New York.
Mind stone (also, inexplicably, blue): This is theoretically what gives Loki’s staff the mind control abilities that he displays in The Avengers.
Reality stone: Not seen in the form of a stone and referred to as the aether, the reality stone (ish) made an appearance in Thor: The Dark World, and gave Malekith all sorts of reality-altering abilities. If you have any doubt about this one, remember that Malekith was in Guardians of the Galaxy (he was in one of the displays in the possession of The Collector), so there’s likely a connection there. I imagine we might see this one in a more explicit form sometime in the future.
Power stone: This is the orb of Guardians of the Galaxy. Guardians is a very important movie in the Marvel universe, because even though it is almost utterly lacking in tie-ins to other Marvel movies, it was the first to explicitly say “Yes, we’re going for the infinity stones.”
This leaves the Soul and Time infinity stones. I imagine that we may see one of those in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and one in another upcoming Marvel film. I have a theory about this that is admittedly quite popular and obvious, but it’s a theory nonetheless. I believe that this is pushing for the infinity gauntlet as a major Marvel movie event. The infinity gauntlet is basically a glove that Thanos uses in the comics to gather all six of the infinity stones. This gauntlet, shockingly enough, was seen in the first Thor movie, in Odin’s vault. That, most likely, will be the plot of Avengers 3, and further supports the suspicion I’ve had that Marvel is setting up their films so that Thanos, not Loki, will be the primary villain of the entire universe.
Look at that face. Look at it. Creepy, right? This will totally work. It’s a phenomenal way for Marvel to keep from becoming dry and predictable, and if they have the guts to end one movie with a loss instead of a win, leading up for an epic battle in the next film, Empire Strikes Back kind-of-way, that’ll be even better.