Editorial: The Importance Of Infinity Stones And What It May Mean For The Future Of Marvel’s Universe

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Everything that follows exists on UTG because of a post-credits sequence in the film, Thor: The Dark World. If you do not want this movie moment spoiled, I suggest turning back now.

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

Say what you will about how Thor: The Dark World compares to other movies in the Marvel universe, but there is no doubt the first of the two post-credits sequences held one of the biggest reveals to date. Shortly after the credits began we saw Volstagg and Sif meeting with The Collector (Benicio Del Toro). During their exchange, Volstagg explained that Asgard would not be a safe place to store the Aether because the Tesseract is already there and he believes it would be foolish to store two Infinity Stones in the same place. The Collector agrees, and shortly after the item is exchanged the scene comes to an end.

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You’re going to be seeing a lot more of this guy in the future

Any average Marvel movie fan probably recognized The Collector as one of the characters that will be featured in 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, so the tie-in to that film was a fairly obvious one. That’s no doubt exciting, but it’s not the reason you spotted nerds foaming at the mouth with excitement when you left the theater. The scene didn’t explain this, but the Infinity Stones – otherwise known as Infinity Gems – have played a major role in the Marvel universe for decades, and more importantly are tied to the one villain every fanboy has waiting to see unleash terror on everything in existence.

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So, what are these Stones? Fair question. The Infinity Stones are a series of powerful gems, each with its own specific power, that were created from the remains of an omnipotent god that committed suicide long, long ago. The Stones were held by an ancient group of cosmic beings known as The Elders for many years, but all that changed in The Infinity Gauntlet when Thanos, a villain to top all villains, took the Stones from the Elders in the most violent of ways. He combined the power of the Stones by embedding them into a golden glove, which he then used to erase half of all the life in the universe out of existence in order to please the object of his obsession (and affection), the physical personification of death.

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A panel from ‘Thanos Rising,’ a Marvel comic mini-series from 2013

Marvel has yet to say just how they plan to incorporate the Infinity Stones into the films moving forward, but its already been confirmed that Thanos will appear in Guardians Of The Galaxy. It’s believed his role in the story will be bigger than his role in The Avengers, but I find it hard to believe Marvel will have him be defeated in a single film, let alone by Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Drax and Groot. We do know however, that the Infinity Gauntlet was believed to be teased during the original Thor. Here’s a screenshot refresher:

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Not exactly the most subtle of Marvel’s Easter Eggs.

There is nearly a year to go before we find out just what comes of The Infinity Stones, Thanos, and the Guardians Of The Galaxy, but only five months until Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters. Knowing Marvel, there will probably be another hint at the future of cinematic comic universe somewhere in that film as well. We’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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  • Annika-Leia

    Actually, Volstagg _and_ Sif bring the stone there, but details, right?

  • HaulixJames

    Touche. I will add her to the piece right now. While watching I wrote down Volstagg because he was the one who lead the conversation. Thanks for the clarity!

  • Annika-Leia

    Hehe, no problem, us Marvel ladies, we get a little fussy with details like that :D (and on that note: very good geeky article, taking in all necessary details :))

  • HaulixJames

    I completely understand. Thanks for taking the time to read the article and comment. Did you enjoy ‘Thor 2′ overall?

  • Annika-Leia

    ‘seen it a few weeks ago in a press viewing, and overall reaction all around in the room was omg!fabulous, me included… It’s still one of my favorite Marvel movies, but with a little thinking, a few things don’t feel good. They’ve taken – again – away what could have made it perfect in the cutting room, judging by every material we’ve seen beforehand that didn’t make it in the movie. Never seen such flat villains in a Marvel movie before, and that includes Iron Man 3 which didn’t thrill me any more villain-wise… Music is good but average, first part’s was better. Effects are great, Avengers-level. Very witty, very entertaining, you have fun all two hours long. Loki is incredibly well written. And the ending is the next greatest thing you’ve seen in a Marvel movie so far. But the movie is so not feeling complete. Thor/Jane feels incredibly forced, more than in the first part. The W3 and Sif have just that tad too little screen time. And I didn’t really buy Thor’s decision in the end. All things that wouldn’t have hurt with just a few minutes more. And still I sit here and want to see the movie again because it’s just really good fun. But I can’t give it more than a 6 – 7.