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Find them and hold the whole Marvel Universe in your hand. Update: The trailer for Avengers Infinity War, seen below, has finally arrived, and with it, our first real look at Thanos’ quest to gather the Infinity Stones. What, to be exact, are the Infinity Stones and where can we find them? We’ve got you covered.
While the Avengers and their allies have been having all kinds of epic adventures through the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s been one plot device standing in the shadows, waiting to strike.
And that’s the Infinity Stones, their location and the mad titan who wants to collect them all and rule the universe. Moreover, with Avengers Infinity War along with its untitled, direct sequel on their way, it’s time to take stock of these magical MacGuffins.
WHAT ARE THE INFINITY STONES?
Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Infinity Stones are six artifacts that endow their bearers with a variety of powerful abilities. When brought together into a glove called the Infinity Gauntlet, the Stones give their user the magical ability to reshape all of reality itself.
The Stones have played minor roles as MacGuffins in many MCU films, and those assorted plot threads are all building up to Avengers Infinity War, a movie in which the ownership and location of the Infinity Stones will become crucial to the safety of the entire Universe.
WHAT IS INFINITY WAR?
Avengers Infinity War is coming soon in 2018
The movie features a stunning cast: Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Benicio del Toro, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, and Letitia Wright.
It is the third Avengers film and the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios released this synopsis of the movie’s plot in May, 2017:
As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. Described as a tyrant of intergalactic infamy, his ultimate goal is to hunt down all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his demonic will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment — the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
ARE THE INFINITY STONES IN THE COMICS?
Yes! In Marvel Comics, they are called the Infinity Gems, and take the shape of translucent oval gems in six of the traditional colors appear in the rainbow (indigo, the color Isaac Newton added as he believed in the power of seven, isn’t here).
In the comics, the Infinity Gems were famously sought by Thanos, the Mad Titan. He desired them since he had had a lust for the Marvel Universe’s concept of death, often embodied as a cloaked skeleton or occasionally a humanoid woman. In 1991’s The Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos used the omnipotent power granted by the Gauntlet to instantly kill half the population of the universe as a tribute to his intended.