Infinity Gems...In the MCU Infinity Stones as stated in Guardians of the Galaxy and the post credit teaser of Thor 2: The Dark World. Six infinitely powerful gems now seemingly revealed to have been forged by the Celestials, observed being used by one as well, destroying a planet in what appears to be a recreation of an iconic comic page from Eternals.
While there are many discussions on the subject I want to point out a few things and then I want to open the floor for discussion and let you decide what you think we're dealing with here.
First let's put a few things together.
Iron Man | No mention of anything remotely to be at all involved with an Infinity Stone. The only inkling and this is a stretch, is the possibility that the Arc Reactor may have some type of connection as an energy source that may be revealed in the next Avengers film.
The Incredible Hulk | Focused predominantly on eliminating the 2003 Ang Lee film and setting the stage properly for the Hulk in the MCU. There is no direct connection to any Infinity Stone in the film. Ends up being rebooted again, by recasting Mark Rufalo as the Hulk in The Avengers.
Iron Man 2 | Still no Infinity Stones but the 'Unobtainium' concept (as I call it) is opened up into the MCU. It may not be as significant now but I believe there is a tie-in down the road for various of Starks developments. but mostly from his Arc Reactor and this new element.
Thor | In the first few minutes of this film (11:08:02) during the vault break-in we can witness the Infinity Gauntlet perched in one of the alcoves. A moment in the movie that was glamorized at San Diego Comic-Con which put the magnificent looking prop on display.
However if you look closely, it almost looks photoshoped to have glimmer. When compared to the very dull gems of the Gauntlet that were on display. There is a point here and if you are already following me, you might be there but I'll make it clear to those not completely with me just yet.
Captain America: The First Avenger | The first iteration of what can be perceived as a Cosmic Cube is called a Tesseract, a mathematical term. More likely an infinite container for an infinity stone and glows Cobalt Blue.
It was used heavily to power all of the futuristic weapons designed by Arnim Zola and at first glance destroyed The Red Skull at the end of the film. A likely hypothesis is that it disintegrated him and shot him to somewhere else in space, similarly to how the Bifrost shoots objects across space. This has not been confirmed but the CG animation was almost identical. However, there is another suggestion that can be slightly compared with the recent GOTG movies...I'll explain there.
You also have to agree, if he was being destroyed as we witnessed in GOTG, why did a location in space open up before doing so. Only to be followed by a geyser burst of energy, exactly as seen when the Bifrost targets a planet (realm).
Starting the rumors, theories and guesstimations about what may occur with the gauntlet. Most happily among those rumors were the notions of Thanos appearing in the MCU.
Red Skull also found this Cube hidden in Tonsberg, Norway in a Nordic Castle/Temple of sorts in a Stone wall representing Yggdrassil. The Tree of Life, Knowledge and Fate.
The Avengers | The Tesseract is a major focus in the film, is being studied by SHIELD and used similarly as HYDRA did in their experiments to create powerful weapons.
It is used to open a very large wormhole in Space that brings forth an alien invasion by a species called the Chi'tauri.
We know the Tesseract is the goal of the antagonists for a variety of purposes yet to be fully revealed and only seemingly for the wormhole opening at the end of the film; and at the beginning to control the minds of various SHIELD agents, namely Hawkeye and of Eirik Selvig.
During the course of this film a scepter of leadership is given to Loki and a point is made about "Did he not put the scepter in your hands!?"
The scepter has a large glowing orb embedded in the spearhead. It also has the same glow as the Tesseract. This is used as a plot device to enrage Banner and cause the destruction of the Helicarrier. Whether it was being controlled mentally by Loki or if the Blue gem in the scepter itself drives people to madness is unclear. But at least it is closer toward the power of Mind than has been revealed for the Tesseract itself. We also see the Tesseract being used once again as energy for Teleportation when Thor takes it and Loki back to Asgard. The only other odd clue that may be reaching is that Loki stated "How much dark energy did the allfather have to conjure to send you here?" (A possible indication that the Gem for Space is Dark, as in Purple? I know that's reaching, but it could be an intentional crumb).
Thanos is surprisingly revealed during the post credit teaser solidifying his presence as the largest perceptible villain of the MCU
Iron Man 3 | Aside from references of "New York" there is no real mention of the Tesseract and the film seems to be more of a standalone personal growth story for Tony Stark. His yet-again updated Arc Reactor embedded in his chest (which was a point of pride, sacrifice and salvation made to Banner during The Avengers) gets removed. Side Note: All of his Armor (I’m sure you're all aware by now) was not at all powered by it, and had incredible feats utilizing a car battery as its charging source...O_o
But no connection to the MCU's general goals toward the Infinity Gems.
Thor 2: The Dark World | A new stone is revealed and is called the Aether. It is later given to the collector for safe keeping. This Aether glows red and is seemingly a living mass of smoke and plasma. The Collector makes a comment about having this one Infinity Stone (as he calls it) and five to go. After verifying that the Tesseract is in Asgard. Volstagg states clearly, that it is unsafe to keep two Infinity Stones so close together. The first time the Tesseract is indeed refered to as an Infinity stone. It's unclear whether he wants them for himself or if he in turn is working for Thanos or some other entity.
Thor very easily defeats Malekith when he is using the Aether to fight against him. We also know from his attempt at destroying the Aether, that the Infinity Stones/Essences are not able to be destroyed.
During the end credits scene with the Collector we also observed what the Coccoon for Adam Warlock.
Thank you Screenrant for finding the page in the comic and putting this image together after Thor 2
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier | Similar to Iron Man 3, this film is more geared toward the personal growth of Captain America and utilizes nods to the events of Civil War. Completely deconstructs SHIELD and has almost no mention of anything related to the Infinity Stones and is completely terrestrial in nature. The only connection is again to the engines that power the repulsor lifts on the Insight Carriers, likely powered by their own Arc Reactor (somewhat of an odd point made during the Avengers, why didn't SHIELD go to Stark for Clean Energy Concepts), something likely corrected in this film but only gleaned from subcontext.
However, during the post credits, not only do we get to see a glimpse of Baron Von Strucker. We also still see Loki's Scepter with the Blue gem still at its spearhead.
Guardians of the Galaxy | A third stone is presented and is specifically stated to be an Infinity Stone. There is no subtlety to what it is for the audience, nor is there general guess work. In other words we're not going to confuse the Tesseract as the Cosmic Cube, which is really an Infinity Stone in some form.
We learn that the Collector's "Museum" is housed at Knowhere. The massive severed head of a celestial and he, through the help of Peter Quill and Gamora, acquires this Infinity Stone. It glows Purple and is demonstrated as a planet killing plot device.
We again see the future possible Adam Warlock in his coccoon
The Collectors museum is partially destroyed and is lost to Ronan the Accuser. However, the Aether is not at all mentioned in the film and most likely continues to remain hidden in this museum or another of the Collector's locations. Unless it has already been given to Thanos. It is still unclear as to what role the collector is playing.
The same speculation can also lead us to hypothesize that the Tesseract, is still in the vault at Asgard along with the Gauntlet.
Thanos has a small appearance in the film responsible for setting in motion the events leading up to the acquisition of the Infinity Stone. The stone in the end is given to the Nova Corps. Or so the protagonists lead us to believe. There was no other Teaser other than a randomly placed Easter egg-like Howard the Duck.
Wild speculations have filled the ether that is the internet over his appearance and it has been denounced as simply a joke by the director and producers. Something fun to put in the end of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron | Ultron is revealed along with two key characters. Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. How it becomes connected to the Infinity Stones is yet to be determined.
With that basic rundown...Let's define the Infinity Gems as we know them.
Notice the color of the gems depicted here are not the same as in Thor
Blue | Mind
Think of this Gem as if Charles Xavier and Cerebro were one...If the user also had the Power Gem The reach is universal
Red | Power
Think of this Gem in terms of Superman or the Hulk and combine the two...Limitless strength. The wearer is for all intent and purposes Omnipotent. This gem is used to super-power the other gems.
Purple | Space
Allows for instantaneous travel, without actually traveling. Its instantaneous translocation. It also allows for the movement of anything in space, to anywhere else in space. With the Power Gem, the user is Omnipresent.
Green | Soul
Shang Tsung on Cosmic Steroids...You can control and manipulate Souls...Living and Dead. With the Power Gem, you're essentially like the old school anime Mech Ideon...Powered by all the souls that have lived and will ever live. The Gem itself is vampiric in its need for more souls and is itself a container of a pocket universe.
Orange | Time
Complete and utter control of the Past, Present and Future. Can be used to alter the age of anything the user chooses to manipulate. With the Power Gem the user becomes Omniscient...All knowing.
Yellow | Reality
Considered the most dangerous of the gems. This Gem can control and manipulate the universe and unchecked can rampantly alter the universe into invariable realities. Completely affecting what is, will be, and has been instantaneously. The other gems help seal its power from doing this with impunity.
What We've Observed In The MCU Thus Far...
In terms of Color: Blue, Red and now Purple.
The Blue Tesseract is used as an energy source. But technically so has Red and Purple. I think this is a bait and switch by Marvel, just as they have done so by calling it the Tesseract and encasing it in a glowing blue cube-like structure, leading us originally to think it was the Cosmic Cube.
I imagine all of the Infinity Gems/Stones can be used as massive infinite energy sources.
The main use was Teleportation. Our perception of Red Skull was not that he was being destroyed. I believe he was teleported, where to and when he'll return is a mystery. I can speculate it will be either at the end of Avengers 2 in a post credit reveal or at some point in Captain America 3. But that's another scenario, let me get back to his teleportation. The animation displayed was not a violent release of energy as displayed in GOTG with people being obliterated by touching the stone. It was almost exactly the same as the Bifrost Teleportation (as I displayed the scene from above).
However, the translocative properties belong to the Purple Stone for Space not the Blue Gem of Mind.
The Purple Stone in GOTG was displayed as a completely destructive power. I posit that this is only because it is improperly being used, or is more of an overload mechanism as we also saw the potential creators of the stone use it in the same manner. I also posit that what we saw is not what we saw. We simply are interpreting the observed as the expected. Marvel again, giving us a bait and switch. It's quite possible the planet being destroyed wasn't actually destroyed. But again we're only going on what our eyes showed us.
The Red Aether in Thor 2 could not have been the Red Gem of Power. Used by Malekith, I imagine he would have wielded it to be far more powerful than was witnessed. Yes Thor is powerful, but he decimated Malekith. The argument can either be made that Malekith was not powerful enough to wield the stone or that in fact it was not the stone itself.
I think the biggest context clues are the generally observed.
The only "Stone" we've seen, or allegedly have seen as a stone is Purple...I’ll come back to this.
The Tesseract is not a stone it’s an octochron, a tetracube or Hypercube...take your pick of mathematical terms. The Stone is inside this container...The argument can be made that the blue glow is from the radiation of the cube itself. But I'm not going to make that argument. I still think the stone, or more frankly with my theory, the essence inside is blue.
The Aether itself is another perfect clue. It is in a free-floating plasma-like state. Like an Essence perhaps. This Essence, while red, functioned more like the power of Soul. Seemingly trying to control or takeover the souls (as I am hypothesizing was observed in the film) of the characters it came into contact with.
It took over Jane Fosters Soul, Malekith allowed it freely to enter his soul. Thor would not. Thor out-willed the Aether and defeated Malekith by sheer will alone. While the glow was red, there are examples where Soul glows red in the comics (grant it there are also examples of Thanos calling all the Gems "Soul Gems" as well as it glowing other colors). It could also be reasonable to argue that it cannot enter the body of an Asgardian for the MCU interpretation.
Why all the bait and switch? What's next or what should we expect?
I wrote in one of my earlier reviews and in an editorial about my theories on Thanos. Anyone familiar with the comics and even mainstream fans that don't read a whole lot of comics may have learned this from their friends or reading sites like CBM. Thanos is not a conqueror. His goals are not the conquest of a people for his admiration. Loki, he wants to conquer, he's a diva, he wants you to look at him and bow down...
Thanos has one goal. To get Lady Death to appear and return his love. That's it...
Thanos would sooner destroy a star to annihilate an entire system with billions or trillions of lives only to turn around (similarly to how Groot turned around in GOTG after plowing through a dozen enemies) and smile at a statue of Lady Death in hopes she would manifest into the statue and profess her love to him. This is one of the reasons he's called the "Mad Titan".
So let's put it all together.
Ronan the Accuser added a piece to this puzzle. He was a very powerful being. Yet he had to let go of the Stone or likely be destroyed. He attached it to his Hammer.
Thanos needed the Earth to get to Asgard, this is why he didn't destroy it. To obtain the Gauntlet which has the actual Infinity Gems embedded in it. The stones/essences we've been witnessing need to be harnessed into those Gems to unlock the full power of the gauntlet. He needed the Tesseract to gain access to Asgard. In its current state it allowed for transport between the realms. In GOTG his next direct interaction is seeking out the Purple Infinity Stone. Which I still believe is the essence for the Gem of Space. Again, a second effort to use its power to translocate to Asgard. Thanos so far may be the only character in the MCU that might be able to properly wield the power of the Tesseract. other than Peter Quill and the rest of the crew sans Groot who temporarily used the stone. Ronan felt the power, but quickly smooshed it into his hammer (What a bitch!)
The "Stones" are what I’m calling keys...
Thanos needs the gauntlet to become a god and destroy all life in the universe. Not necessarily the universe itself, but to possibly create and continually destroy life for the purpose of repeating the process to gain the love of the still absent Lady Death.
So many theories, a culmination that is still years away, slowly trickling toward us one MCU film at a time.
What do you think? Do you think I'm reaching? Do you agree? Is your mind blown or did you already think this up over your morning lucky charms and cartoons? Hit me up here and on social media, form some words, share this editorial and as always hit that giant red thumb, it makes me happy in the places hidden from the light.