Warning: This post contains spoilers for all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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Captain Marvel chases after the Tesseract, the Guardians of the Galaxy steal an orb, Thor tries to lớn capture Aether. These magical objects may seem like MacGuffins, or simply plot devices that are meant to keep the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward. But in fact, these objects are Infinity Stones: a group of gems that grant their owner great power.

Thanos, an evil, purple alien, used that power lớn destroy half the universe in Avengers: Infinity War. Now, in the Infinity War sequel, Avengers: Endgame, it’s up lớn Marvel’s heroes lớn reverse that damage, possibly by traveling through metalhall.net và acquiring and destroying all the Infinity Stones themselves before Thanos can get his hands on them.

The complex Marvel Cinematic Universe metalhall.netline makes it easy khổng lồ forget the Infinity Stone names, let alone their powers and where you might have seen them before. After all, there are 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And most of the Infinity Stones have multiple names.

But we’ve got you covered. Here are answers to all of your questions about the Infinity Stones, & what role they’ll play in upcoming Marvel movies like Avengers: Endgame.

So what’s an Infinity Stone, again?

Infinity Stones are really powerful gems that, when united, can be used khổng lồ destroy people, planets, solar systems—you name it.

How many Infinity Stones are there?

There are six Infinity Stones: The Space Stone (blue), the Reality Stone (red), the Power nguồn Stone (purple), the Mind Stone (yellow), the metalhall.net Stone (green) và the Soul Stone (orange).

Where did the Infinity Stones come from?

As Benicio Del Toro’s The Collector explains in Guardians of the Galaxy, six singularities existed before the creation of the Universe. The Big Bang transformed those entities inkhổng lồ six separate Infinity Stones.


The Space Stone gives the user power over space. Anyone holding the Space Stone can create a portal from one part of the universe to lớn another. In the Marvel films, the Space Stone is hidden inside a blue cube called the Tesseract.

The evil organization HYDRA used the Tesseract to lớn power their weapons during World War II in Captain America: The First Avenger, but the Tesseract fell out of a plane being piloted by Captain America at the over of that movie. We find out the government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. recovered the Tesseract from the plane during the kết thúc credits of Thor.

In Captain Marvel, which is set in the 1990s, a Kree scientist named Mar-Vell (Annette Bening) harnesses the power of the Tesseract to create an engine that can power ships to lớn travel at light speed. Before Mar-Vell is killed by her own people, she hides the Tesseract on a ship in space. Carol Danvers (a.k.a. Captain Marvel, played by Brie Larson) recovers the Tesseract, and her feline sidekiông chồng Goose (who is actually an alien called a Flerken) carries it lớn the office of Niông xã Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at S.H.I.E.L.D.


In the first Avengers movie, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) steals the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. and uses it lớn open a portal to space. An alien army streams through the portal to invade Earth. At the kết thúc of the movie, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) takes the Tesseract khổng lồ his trang chính planet of Asgard for safe keeping.

In Thor: Ragnarok, Thor realizes he must destroy Asgard to lớn defeat the Goddess of Death, Hela (Cate Blanchett). As he và a cohort of sidekicks fight Hela, a supposedly reformed Loki sneaks down khổng lồ the treasure room where the Tesseract (& therefore the Space Stone) is kept. We never see hyên ổn grab the stone, but that dude just cannot resist creating chaos. He probably pocketed it. In the post-credit scenes for Thor: Ragnarok, we find out that someone attacked Thor’s getaway ship. In Infinity War, Thanos kills Loki và takes the Space Stone.

The Mind Stone (Loki’s scepter)


The Mind Stone allows the user to lớn control the minds of others. We first see it as a xanh orb in Loki’s scepter in 2012’s The Avengers. Whenever Loki touches someone with the scepter, he can control what they vị. Thanos gives the Mind Stone to Loki, which places a lot of faith in Loki, a hilarious but not particularly accomplished villain. Weird decision, Thanos.

The Avengers recover Loki’s scepter at the beginning of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) & Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) use the Mind Stone to create Ultron (James Spader), an artificially intelligent peace-keeping program. Apparently, those two have not read Frankenstein because they’re super surprised when Ultron turns on them.

After some bickering, the Avengers eventually use the Mind Stone lớn create another android, Vision (Paul Bettany). The stone gives Vision a lot of powers, including super-strength, the ability khổng lồ fly and the power to lớn phase through walls and people lượt thích a ghost. Curiously, it does not give sầu hyên ổn the ability to lớn control minds.

The Mind Stone resides in Vision’s forehead, and the Avengers vow to protect the superhero. But when Thanos’ army overtakes Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) destroys the stone, killing Vision in the process. Thanos (who has already acquired the metalhall.net Stone at this point), simply reverses metalhall.net, kills Vision & takes the stone for himself.

The Reality Stone grants the user power lớn manipulate matter. In Thor: The Dark World the villain Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) wants lớn use this red liquid stuff called Aether lớn turn matter inkhổng lồ dark matter because he’s evil…and vì chưng you really need a better reason? It turns out that the Aether is a manifestation of the Reality Stone.

At the end of the movie, two Asgardians give sầu the Reality Stone to The Collector because apparently they can’t keep the Space Stone và Reality Stone in the same room in Asgard. This seems to lớn be a huge mistake: As soon as they leave the Collector says, “One down, five sầu to go” in a super evil voice.

It’s unclear whether the Collector gave sầu up the stone immediately to lớn Thanos or whether Thanos killed Del Toro’s character: When the Guardians of the Galaxy arrive sầu lớn take the Reality Stone from the Collector, Thanos reveals that he has beaten them to their goal. He then takes Gamora hostage.

The Power nguồn Stone


The Power nguồn Stone bestows upon its holder a lot of energy—the sort of energy that you could use khổng lồ destroy an entire planet. Star Lord (Chris Pratt) accidentally discovers the stone in Guardians of the Galaxy. Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) steals it from hyên ổn & threatens to wipe out an entire race.

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But here’s the tricky thing about Infinity Stones: You can’t hold them in your h& for long without dying. (More on that later.) Peter steals the stone back from Ronan and almost dies when holding it. (All the Guardians join hands, & together they can manage its power. Hooray for teamwork!)

The Guardians—you may start lớn notice a theme here—give sầu it to Nova Corps, the space police, for safekeeping. The officers in Nova Corps are pretty bad at their jobs. And sure enough, by the opening scenes of Infinity War, Thanos has already acquired the Power Stone offscreen. Thor later explains that Thanos decimated the planet of Xandar và took it for himself.

The metalhall.net Stone (Eye of Agomoto)

Wisely, Doctor Strange doesn’t hand over the stone khổng lồ a sketchy junk collector or a hapless policeman and decides to watch over it himself. He returns the Stone khổng lồ Kamar-Taj, where he currently resides, at the over of the movie.

Doctor Strange wears the metalhall.net Stone throughout Infinity War and even tells Iron Man that if he has khổng lồ choose between giving up the stone and saving the lives of the Avengers, he’ll prioritize the stone. Later, he uses the power of the metalhall.net Stone khổng lồ look into the many possible futures at the over of the Infinity War. He gleans that he will have sầu lớn give up the stone lớn Thanos in order for the Avengers to lớn eventually defeat the Mad Titung. He does so and disintegrates when Thanos snaps his fingers.

The Soul Stone

In Infinity War, Thanos travels with Gamora khổng lồ the planet Vormir, where the Soul Stone is kept. There they encounter Red Skull, the villain from the first Captain America movie, who has been doomed to guard but not use the Soul Stone after trying lớn handle the Space Stone himself. Red Skull tells Thanos that he needs lớn sacrifice something he loves to lớn attain the gem, và Thanos kills Gamora.

It’s unclear what the Soul Stone’s powers are in the film universe. In the comics, the gem allows the holder lớn capture and control others’ souls. It also creates a separate universe where the person who wields it can trip souls. It’s possible that the people who turned khổng lồ dust at the kết thúc of Infinity War may simply reside in this alternate universe created by the stone.

Why are all these stones in some sort of container?

You can’t hold an Infinity Stone for very long without dying. Just look at what happened khổng lồ Red Skull. That’s why the metalhall.net Stone is in a necklace, the Mind Stone in a scepter, the Space Stone in the Tesseract, etc. Thanos needs lớn wear a special golden glove sầu to hold all the stones.

Yeah, what is the weird glove?

We first see the Infinity Gauntlet in the treasure room of Asgard in the first Thor. But then we see the glove again in a post-credits scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron. After Ultron fails to destroy the Avengers (and humanity), Thanos enters a place that is decidedly not the Asgardian treasure room, puts on the Infinity Gauntlet và says, “Fine, I’ll vị it myself.”

Marvel cleared up this confusion about the two Infinity Gauntlets in Thor: Ragnarok when the villain Hela walks through the Asgardian treasury, looks at the Infinity Gauntlet, tosses it aside và declares it “giả.”

Why did Thanos want lớn destroy half the Universe?

In the comics, Thanos falls in love with Death (or her physical embodiment) and collects the Infinity Stones to destroy universes & impress her. Marvel Studquả táo hinted at this plotline way baông xã in 2012 when a henchman told Thanos to fight the Avengers is to lớn “court death.” Thanos smiles.

But Infinity War’s writers must have changed their mind about the villain’s motivations after they filmed that scene. In Infinity War, Thanos is concerned with the overpopulation of the universe. His solution is to lớn “restore balance” by killing off half of all the living things. “He’s evil” is another acceptable answer.

Why didn’t Thanos just get the Infinity Stones himself before?

Thanos sent Ronan the Accuser và Loki to fetch Infinity Stones and wound up empty handed both metalhall.nets. He seems lớn be making much quicker progress by just tracking down the darn things himself. So laziness, I guess?

2018, when Infinity War took place, also happened khổng lồ be an opportune metalhall.net to attaông xã earth, what with the Avengers team broken up.

Wait, the Avengers broke up?!?

Oh, yeah. If you didn’t catch Captain America: Civil War, you may want to go bachồng & watch it before Endgame. You can stream it on Netflix right now.

Here’s a quichồng summary: Iron Man & Captain America feud over whether the government should regulate superheroes (Iron Man is for & Cap against). The rest of the Avengers take sides, minus Hulk and Thor who are too busy testing their gladiatorial skills in space. Things end badly, & Iron Man và Cap still aren’t speaking. Their breakup makes Thanos’ job all the easier.

As of Infinity War, Captain America and Iron Man still have sầu not united. Iron Man considered calling Cap when Thanos first landed on earth but got distracted by a mission into lớn space to save sầu Doctor Strange. Now, Iron Man is stuông xã in space, while Captain Marvel is marshaling the Avengers’ remaining forces on Earth post-snap.

Are the Avengers really dead?

Probably not. Spider-Man disappeared in Infinity War but has a solo sequel film premiering shortly after Endgame. And the supposedly dead Blaông xã Panther has another movie in the works too.

Also note that the superheroes who did survive the culling are all part of the original Avengers team: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Blaông xã Widow and Hawkeye. Most likely, this movie will be the last metalhall.net that the original team fights together. They will try lớn find a way lớn unvì chưng Thanos’ destruction, probably using the Quantum Realm lớn metalhall.net travel.

So is Thanos going khổng lồ kill one of the Avengers?


Several actors’ contracts are up after this film, including Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and Scarlett Johansson (Blaông xã Widow). Evans has been very open about the fact that he’s ready lớn leave the franchise. Hemsworth và Downey have also hinted they are done, too.

But good news: Johansson will probably survive sầu, since Marvel just hired a writer to draft a Blaông xã Widow solo fliông xã. Actors newer lớn the franchise like Chadwiông chồng Boseman (Blaông xã Panther), Tom Holl& (Spider-Man) và Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) are also probably safe.

To its credit, Marvel has just decided khổng lồ lean into lớn the whole “Cap or Iron Man is probably going to lớn bite it” narrative sầu. Feige has openly said some characters will get lớn ride off into lớn the sunmix, & some will meet a bloody kết thúc. It’s just a matter of whether or not that will happen in Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters April 26.

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