The Infinity Stones
So, I'm sure everybody's feeling suitable chastised after all this tom-foolery regarding the Infinity stones being presented to us in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, fear not, I'm going to attempt to cast some light on the subject. I'm going to be taking a look at everything we've seen and heard about the stones so far and compiling that to try and make some sort of sense out of everything. With that said, let's examine the first stone to which we were presented in the MCU, the Tesseract/Spage Stone.
Now, there's that popular theory that the stones themselves are merely storage points for energy that will be later implanted into the Infinity Gauntlet. That's pretty substantial as the Tesseract acts as a source of power. But let's just go back to Captain America: The First Avenger here for a minute. We see the cube fire energy blasts, open a portal to space and provide power to weaponry & machinery. That shows us that the Tesseract doesnt need to be linked to something to actually provide it with energy, there just needs to be the presence of the Tesseract's own energy. We see it picked up by Howard Stark, who we learn in Iron Man 2 had been experimenting on it (remember the diagrams in his notes?). The result of this experimentation was the arc reactor. Which then leads to Tony upgrading the arc reactor because his father's work was UNfinished. Tony creates a new element which provides his chest reactor with unlimited power (we haven't seen him change it since Iron Man 2). The arc reactor that Tony had removed had Tesseract energy in it, and Tony basically created his only little bit of Tesseract. Essentially, Tony created an Infinity Stone, not THE Infinity Stone, but AN Infinity Stone. I'm stipulating that the Infinity Stones were all created, not that they are a group of things that have existed for billions of years, but that someone created each individual one. The Aether was also created by someone. Malekith.
Malekith created the Aether in order to bring about the end of this universe and restor the universe of darkness from which he and the Dark Elves hail. This would suggest that the Aether has the ability to shape Reality itself, further displayed by the fact it was going to be used to corrupt all the Nine realms into lands of total darkness. The Aether is also a source of power, as it seems to provide energy to all of the Dark Elf machinery, shown by Malekith's line after he has woken, "The Aether has awoken." Once again, it would seem that the Infinity Stone in question, does not necassarily have to be present within something to power it, just some of its energy. Malekith absorbed the Aether into himself in order to utilise its power. This brings me onto the suspect Infinity Stone.
Most assume this is the Mind Stone, so let's just run with that for now. We hear in The Avengers that this draws it's power from the Tesseract, suggesting a possible connection between the stones. If there is, it would mean that when near one another, on a cosmic scale, they are far more powerful. The Mind Stone was used to take control of several people, including Selvig, Hawkeye and though I may be disputed on this, I'd say it was controlling Loki too. Loki is of a powerful mindset and porbably had some resilience to the stone's effects, but when Banner was merely in close proximity with it, he began to change as did everyone else in the room at the time. However, Loki seemed to be more set on his goals when he had the scepter with him, take his actions in Stuttgart, he was more high & mighty and let his guard down due to his arrogance, something we haven't seen him do before. Let's assume then, the stone radiates its power outwards from itself. This can certainly be true for the Tesseract which we have seen give off pulses of energy and spontaneously open wormholes. The Mind Stone has caused the alteration of people's behaviour when in so much as close proximity to them. The Aether is fluid and in it's presence, reality itself is cotorted. Bringing me onto the next stone.
The reason all this confusion occurred was when that early review said this was the Power Stone. The purple object is reportedly contained within the orb retrieved by Peter Quill in the film's trailers. In the image above, we can see Ronan is holding the stone. After close examination of images of him, I'm assuming that he absorbs the powers of the stone. If you look at the image of him holding out the Universal Weapon, you'll notice his eyes are actually purple. Plus, if that is indeed a hole in his chest, the fact that this is the Power Stone suggests how he has managed to survive such an injury. So, it would certainly seem that all the stones have the ability to provide power to a person or object, which makes the theory of them being power sources for the vessels in the Infinity Gauntlet highly possible and probably the best bet right about now. But there are two stones left. The Soul Stone and the Time Stone. Well, we saw Adam Warlock's coccoon in Collector's collection, so we can assume the Soul Stone's whereabouts is known to us, yet it would seem unbeknownst to the Collector himself.
So, where oh where could the Time Stone be? I reckon Marvel may use a Nova movie to introduce the Time Stone by making it the Sphinx's Ka Stone. Of course, we've got Dr. Strange on the way, and who knows what will be intoduced there? Until all this truly unravels, consider this an analysis worth paying attention to. Cheers for reading, I hope you enjoyed it. And your opinion?