Mitchell Bell - Co Producer
Stan Lee - Executive Producer
James Gunn - Executive Producer
Jon Favreau - Executive Producer
Louis D'Esposito - Executive Producer
Victoria Alonso - Executive Producer
The Avengers by
Stan Lee (comic book)
Jack Kirby (comic book)
Christopher Markus (screenplay)
Stephen McFeely (screenplay)
Jim Starlin (comic book)
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
May 4, 2018 (United State)
Four years after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Avengers, torn apart after the events of Captain America: Civil War, join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, who is trying to amass the Infinity Stones for a gauntlet that will give him dominion over space, time, and all reality.
Spoiler for The Road To ‘Infinity War’: The Story Of The Infinity Stones In The MCU:
In a long line of powerful glowing rocks, Marvel’s latest hit Doctor Strange has the Eye of Agamotto, which can control the flow of time. There’s a lot going on in the ever-growing number of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but nothing has been teased or set up more thoroughly than the Infinity Stones.
According to the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, the stones are six singularities that existed before the universe itself and took on physical form after. These representation of elemental forces are enormously powerful. Harnessing one alone can offer the ability to rewrite reality, reverse time, or destroy a planet. They are supposedly the creation of the “Cosmic Entities:” Entropy, Infinity, Death, and Eternity. The stones are also associated with the Celestials, who were galactic conquerors in the distant past. They are sought after by many characters, but the biggest is Thanos, who seeks to unite the stones together in a glove called the Infinity Gauntlet which grants the wearer absolute power.
The MCU has carefully exploited this MacGuffin-rich storyline, seeding the stones as other comic-inspired artifacts in their films dating back to Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, which was when the foundation for The Avengers and the MCU’s future. Doctor Strange is just the latest film to fit into the storyline.
Let’s take a look at all the stones, where they are, and where the storyline goes before Thanos gets his hands on them in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled 2019 sequel. The films aren’t set up to simply be the culmination of the Avengers franchise, but the entire Phases 1-3 of the MCU thus far.
Spoiler for The Infinity Gauntlet(s):
First appears in: Right-hand) Thor, Left-hand) Avengers: Age of Ultron Current location(s): Odin’s vault on Asgard & Thanos
First appearing in a cameo in Odin’s vault in the first Thor, the Infinity Gauntlet was the first hint that there was a grander plan afoot. Feige confirmed there are two different gauntlets in the MCU but whether one is a fake or both are legitimate is unknown. The second gauntlet (pictured above) appeared in the Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits scene, where Thanos, whose villainous capability is in question after the failures of Loki in The Avengers and Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy, put it on with a promise to do things personally from here on out.
Spoiler for Space Stone (aka the Tesseract):
First appears in: Captain America: The First Avenger Current location: Odin’s vault on Asgard
Marvel smartly combined various magical relics from the comics to form their version of the Infinity Gems (as they’re called in the comics). The Tesseract, for example, is reimagined as a vessel for the Space Stone, as opposed to separate objects in the source material. It pops up as the MacGuffin of Captain America: The First Avenger. The Red Skull found it hidden in an Asgardian vault on Earth and used its power to turn HYDRA into a power that even the Nazis feared. After Loki’s failed attempt to conquer Earth with it in The Avengers, Thor took it to Asgard for safekeeping in Odin’s vault.
Spoiler for Mind Stone (aka the Scepter):
First appears in: The Avengers Current location: The Vision
When he came to Earth, Loki brought a mysterious Scepter that could turn anyone into his minions, apparently an ill-advised gift from Thanos. Despite its blue tinge, it turns out it contained the yellow Mind Stone. After Loki’s defeat and the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA performed experiments with it to give Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch their powers. The Avengers retrieved it and it was responsible for the creation of Ultron and, later, turning JARVIS into The Vision. Since it animates the android, Thor left it in his hands (er, head) before departing for Asgard to investigate the Infinity Stones in the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Spoiler for Reality Stone (aka the Aether):
First appears in: Thor: The Dark World Current location: The Collector’s collection on Knowhere
The Aether was the weapon of the Dark Elves in the distant past, until Thor’s grandfather Bor drove them off and locked it away. It, along with the last of the Dark Elves who fled, were found and reawakened by Jane Foster, leading to the events of Thor: The Dark World. Once the Dark Elves were defeated and the Aether safe, it was delivered to the Collector by the Asgardians Sif and Volstagg to avoid having both it and the Tesseract in one place.
Spoiler for Power Stone (aka the Orb):
First appears in: Guardians of the Galaxy Current location: Nova Corps vault on Xandar
The Orb contains the Power Stone, which can destroy entire planets with a single touch. The search for and defense of this object is what draws together the titular group in Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as its villains and side characters. Star-Lord and the rest of the Guardians defeat the stone-empowered Ronan and trick the mercenary crew the Ravagers out of it, instead handing it over the to the interstellar police force, the Nova Corps, for safe-keeping.
Spoiler for Time Stone (aka the Eye of Agamotto):
First appears in: Doctor Strange Current location: Kamar-Taj on Earth
Man, Earth must be pretty special to be home to two Infinity Stones. Agamotto was Earth’s first Sorcerer Supreme, who crafted his Eye using the green Time Stone. It was held in Kamar-Taj for countless years until Stephen Strange arrived. Strange later used it to reverse Kaecilius’ plan to bring Dormammu to Earth, trapping the latter in a time loop until he agrees to leave Earth and take the former with him. Strange returns the Eye to its place in Kamar-Taj at the end of the film.
Spoiler for Soul Stone (aka ???):
First appears in: Thor: Ragnarok (rumored)
The sixth and final Infinity Stone is the orange Soul Stone and has not yet been seen. With there are no Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, it’s virtually certain to show up in the third Thor film this year. Cate Blanchett’s villain Hela, goddess of the dead, is thought a prime candidate to possess it, with chatter she might be filling in for the role of Death, object of desire of Thanos (Josh Brolin is likely for another cameo in Ragnarok) in the original comics. Kevin Feige got asked about it by Vulture but demurred, saying the use of the comics to predict the movies can sometimes be “beneficial” or “misleading.” Another theory puts it in Heimdall’s possession. Or perhaps the Grandmaster, played by Jeff Goldblum, is hiding it? Wherever it is, we’ll likely find out when the film hits theaters.