Event Synopsis

Prior to the destruction of the entire Multiverse as a consequence of the incursions, the Infinity Gems of the Marvel Universe were destroyed.[2][3] Once all of reality was restored,[4] the Infinity Gems started to re-emerge.

Both the Space and Mind Stones manifested on Earth, the former was procured by Logan for safekeeping,[5] while the latter fell in the hands of small-time crook Turk Barrett, who used its power for his own gain.[6] A giant-sized Power Stone resurfaced in the desert planet of Xitaung and became guarded by the Nova Corps and the Guardians of the Galaxy.[7] The Reality Stone appeared in an adjacent reality,[8] from where it was retrieved by Captain Marvel. The Time Stone turned out to be responsible for the return of the destroyed planet Sakaar, and was unearthed by the Super-Skrull from its core with the objective to find the other gems and return the glory of the Skrull Empire. The Soul Gem was obtained by Magus on the surface of Ego the Living Planet, but was taken from his hands by Ultron / Hank Pym, whose intention was to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet and rewrite the universe.[6]

The Nova Corps outpost in Xitaung was eventually besieged concurrently by the Fraternity of Raptors and the Chitauri warlord Warbringer. After freeing the planet Telferina from a Flora colossus invasion led by the maddened Gardener,[9] the Guardians of the Galaxy joined the fight against the invaders in Xitaung.[10] After the Nova Corps decided to retreat, Rich Rider figured out thanks to his brother Robbie that a one could impose their cognition over reality to alter the size of the Power Stone. Using this principle, Star-Lord reduced it to the size of a hand. Since the Power Stone acted as an anchor that prevented Xitaung's destruction, the planet started crumbling immediatelly. After using the Power Stone to destroy the Chitauri, the Guardians and Nova escaped from the doomed planet.[11]

Possessing knowledge of the calamity that awaited if the Infinity Stones were gathered again, Kang the Conqueror abducted Adam Warlock and convinced him to accept his help in securing the Soul Gem in exchange for the Time Stone. Adam was sent back in time to receive council from Rama-Tut,[12] and joined the hunt for the Gem a millenia later on present day. When he reached the planet of Saiph, he found that the world had been conquered by Ultron using the Soul Gem, and one of his victims affected by the Ultron Virus was the Silver Surfer.[10] After Warlock healed him of Ultron's infection, the Silver Surfer sought out Galactus' help to convince him to destroy Saiph, since Ultron planned to use it as the launching point to spread the Ultron Virus on a cosmic scale.[11]


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