The Infinity Gems and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe



If you had recently watched Thor: The Dark World, you most likely saw the post credits scene which holds a huge message for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you left the theater early and didn’t see it, then you have no one to blame but yourself. However for those of you that saw the ending, we all saw a cameo by The Collector, played by Benicio Del Toro. For the people that don’t know who The Collector is, he is an ancient being that has been around since the beginning of the known universe with the ability to foresee the future. He collects artifacts of power, both living and non-living, for safekeeping. With this said, the scene shows the Asgardians Volstagg and Sif delivering an important item of power to The Collector – an Infinity Gem.

Now the question you’re probably asking is, “What is an Infinity Gem?”. Basically, within the Marvel Comic Universe, the Infinity Gems are gems or “stones” with an abundance of almost god-like power. There are six Infinity Gems in total and they are separated by “elements” of the universe they can control. The names of the gems are: Space (purple), Mind (blue), Power (red), Time (orange), Reality (yellow), and Soul (green). If all the gems are wielded together, you basically become a complete god and achieve true omnipotence and omniscience. In total, we’ve already encountered three of these gems on the big screen.


In the ending of Thor: The Dark World, the dark power that everyone was gunning for was named the Aether. It had destructive abilities and was going to be utilized by Malekith to slowly turn the universe into one of complete darkness. The Aether was soon captured then given to The Collector, and was termed as an “Infinity Stone” by the Asgardians. Now this is important as the color of the Aether was blood red, just like that of the Power Gem. The Collector also says “One down, five to go.” which can only mean that he’s attempting to acquire all six of the gems.

If you’ve been paying attention to the movies since Phase 1, you will probably have come to deduce that both the Space Gem and the Mind Gem have already come into play within the universe. If you don’t remember, here’s a refresher. Remember the scepter that Loki had in The Avengers? The one that he was using to MIND control people with? Yeah, if you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s the Mind Gem. For what purpose would Thanos entrust such a powerful gem to Loki to take over Earth? We don’t know. What we do know is that the last time we saw the scepter was when Black Widow stopped the Tesseract from keeping that crazy portal into the cosmos open. Perhaps S.H.I.E.L.D. collected it or someone else got their hands on it? We’ll find out soon enough.


As for the Space Gem, if you guessed it was the Tesseract itself, then you are probably correct. The Space Gem’s ability is to open portals to anywhere in the universe. We saw it open portals for the Chitauri, warp Loki to Earth, and send both Loki and Thor back to Asgard at the ending of The Avengers without the use of the Bifrost bridge from Asgard. The Tesseract was confirmed as the Space Gem in the same ending credits scene with The Collector. As the Asgardians gave him the Power Gem they stated that they already have an Infinity Stone in Asgard and they did not want to keep two Infinity Stones in one place.


Now that we know of the three Infinity Gems and their place in the MCU, this is going to be my speculation of the following gems. Marvel has already announced the Doctor Strange movie coming out in Phase 3 of their movies, before the third Avengers installment. I believe Doctor Strange will deal with the Reality Gem, or something that has the same abilities of the gem. Doctor Strange is a key character for the Avengers as he has dealt with anything and everything magical, or things that affect the fabric of reality itself. I don’t know how they’re going to do it, but this is what I believe they will attempt.

The Time Gem and the Soul Gem could make an appearance in any of the upcoming Marvel movies, but I will guess that either or both might show up in Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Why you ask? Well I think it’s because this would give Marvel a better layout for Thanos to acquire the gems by Avengers 3; perhaps collecting them all during all of Phase 3. As I said, this is all just speculation and guesses on my part, but with the clues that Marvel has laid out for us, I have a feeling that my guesses are probably on track with everyone else. Do you agree? If not, chime in on the comments below, I’d love to hear them! 🙂


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