When the original Iron Man hit theaters back in 2008, the powers that be at Marvel Studios had put into motion the first key cog in establishing perhaps the most ambitious film franchise in history. Nearly ten years on that ambition has paid dividends as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) is now the most successful movie franchise of all-time. With the 13th film in the franchise Captain America: Civil War set to be released at the end of this month, setting up Phase Three of the MCU, some casual fans might not be aware of one of the key threads linking all of these films together.
The Infinity Stones first popped up in Captain America: The First Avenger. To many at the time, the Tesseract was more than just a simple one-time antagonistic weapon. Rather it would be the audience's introduction to the destructive potential of one of the most popular plot-devices in Marvel Comics history. After their initial introduction, the Infinity Stones' prominence has risen with each film to the point where they are recognized as six immensely powerful individual stones that, if combined under the wrong hands, could have devastating effects for the MCU's heroes and the universe as a whole.
So here are 15 must-see facts that will help the casual movie-goer's understanding of the Infinity Stone's integral part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
15 The Stones Have Appeared in Marvel Comics For Over 40 Years
14 The Space Stone (Blue)
13 The Mind Stone (Yellow)
12 The Reality Stone (Red)
11 The Power Stone (Purple)
10 The Time Stone (Orange)
9 The Soul Stone (Green)
8 Additional Stones Have Appeared in the Comics
7 They Were Created By The Cosmic Entities
6 They Can't Be Destroyed
5 Only Certain Powerful Beings Can Wield Them
4 The Infinity Gauntlets Are Needed to Channel The Stones' Power
3 Whoever Channels Their Power Becomes God
2 The Last Two Stones Will Be Introduced Very Soon
In the Marvel Comics, Thanos was born on Titan, a moon of Saturn colonised by an ancient race known as the Eternals. He was born carrying the gene of a related race (known as the Deviants) that led to him being disfigured and monstrous in comparison to his Eternal brethren and ultimately ostracized by his race. This exclusion from his own society turned Thanos into a cold, nihilistic individual who became ever more fascinated and even obsessed with the notion of Death. What is known of Thanos in the MCU so far is that, although having not yet demonstrated his powers and abilities, it is conceivable that he is extremely powerful, being able to strike fear into immensely powerful beings like Loki and Ronan The Accuser as well as commanding the Chitauri army unchallenged.
He has also been described as the most powerful being in the universe. He is dubbed the Dark Lord by his most loyal underlings and the Mad Titan by the galactic communities; he is power hungry and his quest for the Infinity Stones acts as a means to control all of existence as to satisfy his hunger for power. As of Avengers: Age of Ultron he has forsaken his role of a behind the scenes master manipulator of the MCU and decided to take matters into his own hands. He is looking to retrieve his Infinity Gauntlet and decided to make the hunt for the Infinity Stones himself. So you can expect to see much more of Thanos in Phase Three.
Sources: wikipedia, theverge
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