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Infinity Gems

Information-silk Official Name
Infinity Gems
Information-silk Aliases
The Stones, The Soul Gems, Ina Abanayyartu[1]
Origin
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Owners
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See "Gem Protectors" in article

History

Before being called the Infinity Gems, they were called the Soul Gems. The first soul gem was the one which first appeared on the forehead of Adam Warlock which was given to him by the High Evolutionary.[1]

Thanos was the first to use the six soul gems in unison. He intended to destroy the universe by using the soul gems to destroy the stars. He was stopped by the Avengers, Adam Warlock and Captain Marvel.[2][3]

The Elders of the Universe were the second entities to use the gems in unison. Connecting the six Soul Gems to a device, they were able to use its beams to absorb the life energy of Galactus and transfer it to a barren planet, giving it life. However, the Silver Surfer interfered and destroyed the machine, and the gems were lost in a black hole.[4] Galactus also punished some of the Elders by consuming them.[5]

Because the Elders of the Universe were barred from entering Death's realm due to prior machinations of the Grandmaster, Galactus soon found himself being poisoned from within by the Elders he consumed.[6] To save Galactus, Silver Surfer, Mr. Fantastic, and the Invisible Woman journeyed through the black hole to recover the gems, where Invisible Woman became possessed by the sentient Soul Gem and had her evil Malice persona awakened.[7] She was later subdued, but the whole scheme turned out to be work of the In-Betweener so he could use the gems to destroy Galactus.[8]

Reed, Sue, and the Silver Surfer were able to get into contact with Master Order and Lord Chaos, and the two entities agree to help them in stopping the In-Betweener. They use their powers to free the Elders of the Universe who have been trapped inside Galactus and restore him to full strength.[9] Master Order and Lord Chaos then dealt with the In-Bewteener before he caused any more trouble.[10]

After Thanos' resurrection, he began collecting all the Soul Gems (now named the Infinity Gems). There it was revealed that the Infinity Gems are the remnants of one of the earliest beings from the time of the universe's creation. Feeling lonely, it split itself into six different fragments. Under unknown reasons, each individual gem became associated with a particular facet– power, space, time, mind, soul and reality.[11] This being would eventually be revealed as Nemesis, a cosmic being from the Ultraverse whose shattering not only created the gems but also most of the Multiverse.[12]

The Infinity Gems were kept by the In-Betweener and by members of the Elders of the Universe.[13] The mad Titan Thanos gathered these gems into the Infinity Gauntlet.

  • Green Infinity Gem - Soul Gem - taken from the In-Betweener
  • Red Infinity Gem - Power Gem - taken from the Champion
  • Orange Infinity Gem - Time Gem - taken from the Gardener
  • Yellow Infinity Gem - Reality Gem - taken from the Collector
  • Purple Infinity Gem - Space Gem - taken from the Runner
  • Blue Infinity Gem - Mind Gem - taken from the Grandmaster

During the Infinity Gauntlet saga, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to remove from existence half of the population of the universe in order to gain Death's love.[14] However, in the end, Thanos was defeated when Adam Warlock was able to gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet.[15].

However, Adam Warlock was brought before the Living Tribunal because of the danger posed by the Infinity Gauntlet in his hand. After being shown that Adam Warlock was too mentally unpredictable, he was required to surrender it. Since it was too dangerous for it to be possessed by anyone, the Living Tribunal decreed that the Infinity Gems were too powerful to be used together again. Warlock then formed the Infinity Watch.[16]

During the Infinity War, Magus, Adam Warlock's evil persona, tricked Galactus into convincing Eternity to agree to the activation of the Infinity Gauntlet so he could conquer the universe. Magus defeated the heroes using the activated Infinity Gauntlet. Still, Adam was able to defeat the Magus when it was revealed that the Reality Gem was a fake and Adam, taking advantage of this distraction, was able to trap the Magus in his Soul Gem. though the act left Warlock in a comatose state[17]

The Gems were later stolen by the vampire Rune from the Ultraverse and dispersed throughout the Ultraverse.[18] Several heroes and villains were also pulled into the Ultraverse, including Adam Warlock. In that universe, another gem, the Ego gem, was found. It claimed that it was the original being and was now ready to reclaim itself. The gems gestated as Nemesis, but were defeated by the Avengers and Ultraforce (alongside several alternate reality versions of the same teams). With its defeat, the Ego Gem was apparently destroyed.[19][20]

The gems were found to be back in the universe by Galactus who planned on using them to end his unending hunger. He is seen taking the gems off a vampiric skeleton (presumably Rune) that he retrieves through an interdimensional portal. Galactus' plan fails, and instead allows a deadly inter-dimensional parasite, named Hunger, access into the Earth-616 universe who was mentally influencing Galactus' actions all along. Thanos intervened and destroyed the gateway. After Hunger is defeated, the gems are scattered throughout the universe except for the Soul Gem, which Thanos retrieved for Warlock to get back.[21]

Champion would find the Power Gem and use it to give him an advantage over challengers he fought in his arena but agrees to stop using it when She-Hulk tells him its a weapon, which aren't allowed during his challenges[22]. The Power Gem later fell into the hands of Titania[23] and She-Hulk[24].

She-Hulk turned the Power Gem over to Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards). The Illuminati gathered the gems so they could not be used to attack Earth. Once the gems were all brought together in the Infinity Gauntlet, Reed tried to will them out of existence, but failed. Uatu the Watcher then appeared to the Illuminati and expressed his disappointment in Reed and the Illuminati. The Illuminati then divided the gems amongst themselves. Iron Man received the Reality, Prof. Xavier the Mind, Namor the Time, Black Bolt the Space, Dr. Strange the Soul and Reed Richards the Power gems. Due to the events following the gathering of the Gems, the Illuminati disbanded for a time.[25]

After The Hood stole three of the Gems, and while looking for the fourth one, the Illuminati gathered once more and, with the Avengers' help, stopped him. After recovering once more the six Infinity Gems, they again divided the Gems among themselves (this time, Namor received the Power; Mister Fantastic, the Reality; Professor Xavier, the Mind; Captain America, the Time; Iron Man, the Space; and Dr. Strange, the Soul gems) and disbanded once more.[26]

The group assembled after Black Panther discovered that another Earth was colliding with Earth-616. Reluctantly he called the Illuminati together to stop the collision.[27] After long debate they decided that the only way to do so was to destroy the other Earth with the Infinity Gems, but had to find the Mind Gem that was in the possession of Charles Xavier before he died.[28] Beast eventually recovered a memory implant put in his mind by Xavier, which asked him to take his place in the Illuminati, and where the gem was. As soon as Hank retrieved it, Namor, Black Bolt, and Captain America showed up and recruited him into their team.

They went to the location where the other Earth would hit and formed the Infinity Gauntlet, which got the attention of Uatu the Watcher, Galactus, and Thanos. The group decided Captain America should wield it. Cap fired the power at the other Earth, but something went wrong and caused all the Infinity Gems to shatter except the Time Gem, which suddenly vanished.[29]

The Time Gem unexpectedly returned some time later and transported the Avengers through time.[30] Eventually, the Avengers returned to the present except for Captain America.[31][32] Rogers is eventually rescued by Iron Lad.[33]

Iron Lad takes Rogers to the very distant future to meet his future selves, Kang the Conqueror and Immortus. The three Kangs and Rogers get into an argument over the best way to stop the incursions. The Kangs felt that eliminating worlds that threaten Earth-616 was the lesser of two evils while Rogers refused to let innocent people die because it's the lesser of two evils or to serve the greater good. The Kangs refused to let him return to the present so he could interfere with the Illuminati's attempts to protect Earth. However, Rogers retrieves the Time Gem and returns to the present. It isn't revealed what became of the Time Gem.[34]

Capabilities

The gems seem to be much stronger and more powerful when used in combination. Wielders of the gems have increased powers depending on their skill and the amount of experience they have with the gems. The gems are also sentient. The Infinity Gauntlet's power is known to exceed that of abstract entities like Eternity, it seems that the only beings more powerful than the Gems are the Living Tribunal and The One Above All.

  • Power Gem – Increased strength and durability, enhances virtually any known superhuman ability, energy manipulation.
  • Time Gem – Time travel; stop, slow down or speed up flow of time; accelerate or slow down aging; see into past/future.
  • Space Gem – Travel through space, mostly through teleportation. Able to interfere with the motion of other objects.
  • Soul Gem – Observe, attack or even steal a being's soul or spirit. Also used to revert individuals to their natural state.
  • Reality Gem – Alters all of reality; similar to the effects of a Cosmic Cube, but much, much higher.
  • Mind Gem – Near-limitless psionic/psychic abilities including empathy, telepathy and telekinesis.

Gem Protectors

The gems were protected by the Illuminati.[26] The use of the Infinity Gauntlet to prevent the collision of Earth-616 with another Earth caused all the gems but the Time Gem, which just vanished, to be accidentally destroyed.[29] The Time Gem later reappeared[30] and retrieved by Captain America.[34]

  • Power Gem – Formerly protected by Namor, destroyed.
  • Space Gem – Formerly protected by Iron Man, destroyed.
  • Soul Gem – Formerly protected by Doctor Strange, destroyed.
  • Reality Gem – Formerly protected by Mr. Fantastic, destroyed.
  • Time Gem – Formerly protected by Captain America, vanished but later returned. Fate unknown.
  • Mind Gem – Formerly protected by Beast, destroyed.

Alternate Realities

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Infinity Gems are referred to as the Infinity Stones. Currently, only four of the six Infinity Stones have been named - the Tesseract, the Aether, the Orb, and the Mind Stone.

Infinity Stones (Earth-199999) 001

The Infinity Stones in their original forms

According to the Collector, the Infinity Stones were six different singularities existing before the beginning of the universe. Once the universe was created, they were scattered. The Stones, which could be remolded by only powerful creatures, were first used by the Celestials, who used them to grant their race unknowable power, and dominate several planets. At some point, the Celestials lost control of the Stones, and they fell into the hands of other races, such as the Asgardians and the Dark Elves.[35]

The Tesseract is able to generate an infinite amount of energy and gives off a blue light. It was once possessed by the Asgardians and was described as being the jewel of Odin's treasury, but the item was eventually left on Midgard.[36]

In March 1942, during World War II, the Red Skull, the leader of the Nazi deep science organization Hydra, located and retrieved the Tesseract from a church in Tønsberg, Norway. With the help of his head scientist, Arnim Zola, the Red Skull used the Tesseract to supply power for the weapons used by his Hydra soldiers. Hydra's plans were foiled when Captain America and the SSR attacked Hydra's main location. The Red Skull tried to flee with the Tesseract, but Captain America was able to board his plane before it took off. When the two fought, the Red Skull was knocked into the Tesseract, causing it to react violently. The Red Skull vanished entirely when he handled the Tesseract directly, and the object then melted through the aircraft and fell into the ocean. Cap crashed the plane in the Arctic, and Howard Stark recovered the Tesseract from the ocean floor while searching for him.[36]

The Tesseract remained in the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D. (the successor organization to the SSR) until the early 21st century, when a fight between the Destroyer and Thor devastated the New Mexico town of Puente Antiguo.[37] Now aware of the existence of advanced extraterrestrials and fearing the threats they posed, S.H.I.E.L.D. tasked astrophysicist Erik Selvig with studying the Tesseract, hoping they could use it to develop weapons. In the following year, the rogue Asgardian Loki stole the Tesseract from S.H.I.E.L.D. for Thanos in exchange for a Chitauri army he could use to subjugate Earth. In response to losing the Tesseract, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury assembled a group of heroes known as the Avengers - Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Hulk - to stop Loki and retrieve the Tesseract. The Avengers were successful in their mission, but not before a small army of Chitauri had invaded New York.[38]

After the Battle of New York, Thor took the Tesseract back to its rightful place in Asgard,[38] where it remains. It was used by Heimdall to restore the Bifrost.[39]

The Aether infuses those who use it with great strength and stamina by bonding to their bodies, and gives off a red light. It is also the only Infinity Stone to exist in a liquid state. The Aether was weaponized by Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves, who sought to use the Stone to conquer the Nine Realms before he was stopped by the Asgardian king Bor. Malekith and a small number of his followers escaped into the dark reaches of space, while Bor had the Aether hidden away for the Dark Elves to never find. The Aether was later reactivated by Jane Foster, who found the Stone through an anomaly in London, and it bonded to her. Thor brought Jane back to Asgard for her to be treated, but the realm was attacked by an awakened Malekith and his Dark Elves seeking to regain control of their weapon. The Dark Elves were repelled, but the Asgardians suffered heavy losses. Thor decided to take the fight to the Dark Elves by taking Jane and Loki with him to Svartalfheim, where Malekith extracted the Aether from Jane and bonded it to himself. Even with the Aether bonded to him, Malekith was defeated by Thor and his human allies during the convergence.[39]

Believing keeping two Infinity Stones in the same place too dangerous, the Asgardians left the Aether in the trust of Taneleer Tivan, the Collector.[39]

The Orb has the power to destroy any living material to come into contact with it, and emits a violet light. A former Ravager named Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-Lord, found the Orb on the planet Morag. It is unknown what happened to the Stone between its use by the Celestials and its rediscovery, much less how it wound up on Morag at all. The Stone was sought by the fanatical Kree Accuser Ronan, who agreed to deliver it to Thanos in exchange for the destruction of Xandar, home of the Nova Corps, at Thanos' hands. Thanos' adopted daughter Gamora was sent to recover the Orb from Star-Lord, but she planned to betray Ronan and her father by selling it to the Collector to keep it out of their hands. After discovering the magnitude of the stone's power, she and Star-Lord chose to take it to the Nova Corps, but Ronan obtained it instead. However, instead of giving the stone to Thanos, Ronan decided to keep it and destroy Xandar himself. After a pitched battle, Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Drax the Destroyer were able to separate the stone from Ronan, saving the planet. Before leaving, the newly minted "Guardians of the Galaxy" gave the stone to the Nova Corps for safekeeping.[35]

The Mind Stone was previously concealed on Loki's Sceptre, given to the adopted Asgardian by The Other. Given the Other's boss is Thanos, presumably it was the only Stone held by the Titan. It allowed Loki to hypnotize everyone touched by the sceptre, although it only works in contact with skin; once Loki attempt to mind control Iron Man but hit the Arc Reactor on his chest, the magic was unsuccessful. Given its energy signature is similar to the Tesseract's, the Sceptre was neccessary to bypass a failsafe built by Erik Selvig on the Tesseract-harnessing machine that created a wormhole above New York.[38] After Loki was defeated, Hydra took the sceptre from Stark Tower (presumably through undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who helped Tony Stark clean the place) and researched on it. In Baron Strucker's hidden facility at Sokovia, various test subjects were exposed to the Sceptre, with only a set of twins surviving and consequently developing superpowers: Pietro Maximoff, who became a speedster, and Wanda Maximoff, who developed telekinesis and mental manipulation.[40] Once Tony Stark discovered the roundabouts of the Sceptre, the Avengers reassembled to recover it in Sokovia. During the three days prior to Thor's return to Asgard, Tony discovered the stone held information inside it akin to computer language. Tony decided that the data was just what he needed to develop an artificial intelligence that would evolve on J.A.R.V.I.S., Ultron. With the help of Bruce Banner and J.A.R.V.I.S., Ultron managed to be put into operation, but suddenly decided he would not try save humankind as planned, and begun a plan to exterminate humans. Using one Iron Legion robot to stow away the Sceptre, Ultron took over the former Hydra base and remained the research on the Sceptre. Ultron ultimately decided to create an artificial lifeform that would be better than humans, using vibranium taken from Ulysses Klaue, Helen Cho's biotechnology cradle, and the Infinity Stone which Ultron broke out of the sceptre. While Ultron assembled the creature, Thor discovered in a vision that the gem was an Infinity Stone. While attempting to destroy the android which the Avengers had hijacked and brought to Stark Tower, Thor wound up awakening Vision, who upon emergency turned out to be not as ill-intentioned as Ultron. After Ultron was defeated, Thor had no problem with leaving Vision with the Stone inside him, considering it in good hands. However, Thor was certain another of the stones had appeared because an upper force was using its powers to discover the gems' wereabouts. This turned out to be Thanos, who took the Infinity Gauntlet from inside a vault and decided to continue the Stone-recovering mission by himself.[41]

Earth-TRN123

The Infinity Stones appear in the Avengers Assemble (Animated Series).

  • The Arsenal: the Red Skull flees to Earth after stealing the Power Gem from Thanos, who had earlier used it to destroy an entire planet. The stone ends up being used to revive the Arsenal, who subsequently loses it to the Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos. However, the Avengers manage to stop Thanos temporarily through Arsenal's sacrifice, which launches him halfway across the galaxy. However, they subsequently learn that the other stones have been scattered over the planet by the destruction of Red Skull's escape ship.[42]
  • The Age of Tony Stark: the Time Gem was found to have traveled into the future when the stones were scattered. Iron Man calculates the time and place of its arrival, and the Avengers come to retrieve it, only for it to be lodged in Iron Man's arc reactor. Throughout the episode, the Time gem sends out pulses that pull enemies into the present including dinosaurs and robots while steadily regressing Tony into a child. Only at the end of the episode does Iron Kid manage to control the gem's power, reverting everything back to normal, and allowing them to safely store the gem. [43]
  • Head to Head: After stopping A.I.M. from launching a missile, Iron Man thinks that the Avengers are almost perfect. When M.O.D.O.K. uses the Mind Gem to take control of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Avengers must work in each other's bodies when their minds are switched in order to defeat M.O.D.O.K. and claim the Mind Gem.[44]
  • The Dark Avengers: The Reality Gem was in the possession of Squadron Supreme as they tried to make a reality where the Avengers never existed but Doctor Spectrum was having trouble keeping it stable.
  • Back to the Learning Hall: The Space Gem was being used by Loki as he tries to escape Valhalla while tricking Thor, Hulk, and Hawkeye to fail the final trail of the learning hall.

Earth-1610

The Infinity Gems of this reality are very different. They are generated on Earth during great calamities. Thus far, eight such disasters have formed a gem. The eighth and most recent was discovered to have formed in Tony Stark's brain, and was the centre of his brain tumor.

The Infinity Gems were assembled by the Dark Ultimates and were set in a pair of gauntlets, which the team used to take over the world. Their plan as to strengthen the Earth against the coming of Galactus, but they were overthrown by the heroes and the gems were lost.

Earth-4290001

In this reality, the gems take the form of six square panes, called "Forever Glass", which when assembled would form the Wishing Cube. The Cube was used by the Great Society to avert an Incursion, but the Cube and the panes were seemingly destroyed in the process.

Earth-1365

In this reality, the Infinity Gems are referred to as "Inu Abanayyartu", or simply "The Stones". Their powers are unknown but presumably comparable to their multiversal counterparts.


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