The Infinity Stones are at the center of Marvel’s latest offering – Avengers: Infinity War, with supervillain, Thanos, on a quest to possess all six in order for him to “restore balance” to the universe – by wiping out half of all living beings in the universe. So before you set out to watch Marvel’s latest blockbuster at the cinemas this weekend you have to have at least a passing knowledge of the stones and what they are.
Here’s your passing knowledge. You’re welcome!
THE POWER STONE
The power stone first appeared and was also last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 when Star-Lord and the gang joined together and destroyed Ronan the Accuser with it and handed it to the Nova Corps in Xandar for safekeeping. This stone has the power to evaporate an entire planet by touching it to the ground. Yikes!
THE REALITY STONE A.K.A AETHER
The Reality stone, the only stone that can also appear in liquid form, has the power to turn matter to dark matter. The evil elf, Malekith, tried to destroy the universe with it during the alignment of the planets in Thor: The Dark World. It was last seen when it was handed to the ‘Collector’ by the Asgardians in the after credits scene of the movie.
THE SPACE STONE A.K.A TESSERACT
This stone allows anyone wielding its power to teleport great distances in space and was last seen when Loki glanced at it on his way to putting Surtur’s crown on the eternal fire in Thor: Ragnarok. And since Loki is…well, Loki, we can go ahead and assume he’s with it.
THE TIME STONE
The Time stone allows it’s possessor the ability to (yeah, you guessed it!) manipulate and control time. The stone was last seen in Doctor Strange in the care of Dr. Strange and the order of sorcerers in Kamar-Taj.
THE MIND STONE
The Mind stone takes the prize for, ‘most appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’. It was used by Ultron to create Vision, inadvertently merging it Tony Stark’s AI, Jarvis, to make Vision part of the Avengers. The stone, which is currently embedded in Vision’s forehead, gives him the powers of flight and the ability to turn incorporeal at will. We saw it last in Captain America: Civil War.
THE SOUL STONE
And the Soul stone will take the award for ‘most never seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’. In the comics, the Soul stone is used to control the souls of the living and steal the powers of other beings. Let’s assume for now that it does the same in the movies. With Thanos coming for all the stones, though, it could make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War.