Time is ticking on until Avengers: Infinity War is upon us.
There’s not long now until we see all our favourite Marvel heroes come together to stop giant purple space dude Thanos from finding those multicoloured MacGuffins known as the Infinity Stones.
So what exactly are these cosmic baubles that Thanos is tearing across the universe trying to find?
Created after the birth of the universe, each stone grants power of a certain element of reality itself – Space, Reality, Power, Time, Mind and the Soul.
Each stone has changed possession between various beings since the dawn of time. Let’s have a look at what each stone does and who currently has it.
Space Stone (Blue)
Housed within the Tesseract, the Space stone allows its user the ability to transport themselves to anywhere they desire.
The Tesseract has been seen in a few films so far, including Captain America: The First Avenger back when Red Skull was trying to make weapons with it, and also as the tool that allowed Loki to wreak havoc in Avengers Assemble. It was taken by Loki again just before Asgard’s destruction in Thor: Ragnarok.
In the Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Loki can be seen surrendering the Tesseract to Thanos, as he crushes it with his bare hands to reveal the Space stone within – making it clear Loki will not be in the possession of the stone for very long.
Let’s hope Loki doesn’t end up smashed to smithereens as well…
Mind Stone (Yellow)
The Mind stone allows the user to control the minds of anyone it comes into contact with.
First seen housed in Loki’s sceptre in the Avengers Assemble, it was used to brainwash many into joining his cause, including Hawkeye.
Eventually the sceptre was taken by Hydra and, in Avengers: Age of Ultron, was destroyed by Ultron and used to bring Vision to life.
It currently resides in Vision’s forehead. If Thanos gets his hand on the stone, it isn’t going to be good for ol’ Vizzy…
Reality Stone (Red)
The Reality stone, or the Aether, allows the user to control and bend reality to their will.
It is a red liquid that possesses its host and grants them these abilities, as evidenced by Malekith in Thor: The Dark World (don’t worry if you forgot that one, we all did).
After Thor defeated Malekith, it was deemed too dangerous to keep two Infinity Stones too close together and was given to the Collector (as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, played by Benicio del Toro) for safe keeping.
Power Stone (Purple)
The Power stone grants its user an immense amount of energy that has the power to destroy an entire planet.
This stone was first seen inside the Orb, being stolen by Starlord in Guardians of the Galaxy. It became clear that baddie Ronan the Accuser was doing Thanos’s bidding by trying to get his hands on it, but later claimed it’s power for himself to destroy Xandar, the homeworld of the Nova Corps (aka. the space police).
The Guardians stopped him by taking on the stone’s power themselves, the first indication we had of Starlord/Peter Quill’s extraordinary parentage.
After Ronan was defeated, the stone was given to the head of the Nova Corps to look after. We have a feeling it’s one of the first Thanos will pick up.
Time Stone (Green)
The Time stone lets the user walk freely between the past, present, and future, effectively allowing them to manipulate time itself.
Stephen Strange used the stone within the Eye of Agamotto to defeat Dormammu in Doctor Strange and afterwards was brought back to Kamar-Taj (where Strange was trained in the msytic arts) to be held until Strange finished his training.
Which apparently he did, because he can be seen wearing it when he meets briefly with Thor in Thor: Ragnarok – and, it’s round his neck in the Infinity War trailer too.
But later scenes from the trailer show Doctor Strange in a bit of a pickle, potentially being tortured for information. Could that be the moment the stone is taken from him?
Soul Stone (Orange)
This is the big mystery.
It is unknown where the Soul Stone is and what its powers are.
What little we do know is that according to Wong (Doctor Strange’s ally), the Soul stone may be the most dangerous of all.
Based on the other stones powers, it is safe to assume that the Soul stone affects the natural order of life and death, but to what extent we’re unsure.
Many have guessed the Soul stone is located somewhere in Wakanda, and therefore expected it to show up in this year’s Black Panther – but no sign as of yet.
With part of the Black Panther tradition being the movement between the realms of the living and dead, it stands to reason that T’Challa’s homeland could be where the missing MacGuffin is found.
So there you go – reason aplenty why we do NOT want big baddie Thanos getting his hands on all six stones.
The good news is, we don’t have too long to wait to find out if he succeeds…