Marvel Studios has turned its connected cinematic universe into a bit of a video game, ticking off its ‘Infinity Stone’ MacGuffins one by one on the countdown to Avengers: Infinity War movie and climax of the studio’s Phase Three.
But what are these Infinity Stones? Which ones has the Marvel Cinematic Universe turned up already? And where might the remainder be lurking in the upcoming MCU films?
Called the Infinity Gems in the comics (maybe Marvel Studios thought ‘stones’ sounded less whimsical), the cosmically powered doodads were introduced in the ’70s and quickly became the obsession of villain Thanos (that big intergalactic purple guy glimpsed in The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and, most recently, in the Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits scene).
There are six stones – the Time, Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Space and Soul Gems, all colour coded for your convenience. They confer predictable abilities on their owners like teleportation (Space), telepathy (Mind) and time-travel (Time). Oh, apart from the Soul Gem, which sends people to a heavenly pocket dimension. Don’t ask us why.