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Before being called the Infinity Gems, these items were known as 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.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[5] Galactus also punished some of the Elders by consuming them.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

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.[10] Master Order and Lord Chaos then dealt with the In-Bewteener before he caused any more trouble.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

The Infinity Gems were kept by the In-Betweener and by members of the Elders of the Universe.[14] 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.[15] However, in the end, Thanos was defeated when Adam Warlock was able to gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet.[16].

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.[12]

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.[13][19]

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.[20]

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[21]. The Power Gem later fell into the hands of Titania[22] and She-Hulk[23].

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.[24]

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.[25]

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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[1]

The Time Gem unexpectedly returned some time later and transported the Avengers through time.[28] Eventually, the Avengers returned to the present except for Captain America.[29][30] Rogers is eventually rescued by Iron Lad.[31]

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.[32]


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.[25] 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.[1] The Time Gem later reappeared[28] and retrieved by Captain America.[32]

  • 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

Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610)

In this universe, there are eight Infinity Gems instead of six. They were generated on the Earth during great calamities, including the paleolithic extinction event, Ragnarok, the Ultimatum Wave, and the sinking of Atlantins and Lemuria, as some sort of scar tissue to help the planet.[33]

Infinity Gauntlet (Item) from Ultimate Comics Ultimates Vol 1 20 001

Four of them were in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.[34] The Soul and the Space Gem were attached to a glove.[35] The Mind Gem was stored apart in Project Pegasus, from where it was stolen by Modi,[36] though it was ultimately retrieved.[37] The Power Gem was contained in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s The Torch facility in Sioux City, and it was stolen by Hydra double-agent Commander Crimson.[38]

After the events centered around the Mind Gem, the Invisible Woman learned about the other two gems in the gauntlet. She noticed the glove was designed to hold four gems, so she set out to find the fourth Gem before it fell in wrong hands.[34] Sue tried to study the gems in order to track down the fourth one, but found their spectrum analysis was inconsistent. Thor tried to talk to the gems as if they were sentient, demanding the location of the others, causing him and Sue to be teleported to a Hydra research base in New Mexico.[35] After fighting through Hydra troops, Sue discovered another gauntlet containing the fourth gem, with space for three more stones.[38]

Meanwhile, the Power Gem was used by Commander Crimson to fend off her Nebraska outpost against the Ultimates. An energy surge from the Gem caused Commander Crimson to desintegrate, and the gem to melt the ground and fall straight down into Earth's core.[38] The gem recovered from the New Mexico Hydra lab generated rythmic pulsar blasts that pointed at the Moon, prompting Sue and Thor to travel there.[39] Even though they were faced by the Black Knight of the West Coast Ultimates,[40] the Invisible Woman managed to retrieve the Gem.[41]

Robert Bruce Banner (Earth-1610) from Ultimate Comics Ultimates Vol 1 25 001

The Sue Storm of an alternate future, who called herself Kang, travelled back in time from the destruction of her reality to the present, convinced that she would need the Infinity Gems to prevent the cataclysm she escaped from.[42] She freed Hulk, and the Maker from imprisonment, with the help of Quicksilver.

Kang's Dark Ultimates stroke when the present Sue Storm was briefing the rest of the Ultimates on the five Gems that had been aquired. Hulk destroyed the Triskelion and got hold of the Gems, while Quicksilver retrieved the sixth gem from the ruins of the Maker's Dome.[33]

Using the power of the almost-finished Infinity Gauntlets, the Dark Ultimates began to reshape the world their image. As part of a desperate attempt to stand against the Dark Ultimates, Tony Stark tinkered a glove theoretically capable of attracting and containing the Power Gem that became buried underneath Nebraska. Before he could use it, Stark was neutralized by Quicksilver, because he possessed inside his brain the final Infinity Gem.[43]

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Iron Man gets hold of the Infinity Gems

Reed sirugically removed the Gem from Tony's brain,[44] and apprehended Johnny Storm from a hospital, brainwashed him, and used his capacity to sustain enormous temperatures to retrieve the Power Gem from Earth's core.[45] After recovering the Power Gem, Pietro collected it from Johnny to hand it over to Reed. Kang had to take the Gem forcefully from Pietro, who had realized Reed planned on erradicating mutantkind when he completed the Infinity Gauntlet.[46]

The Ultimates and the Howling Commandos were confronting Reed when Kang arrived with the Gem in order to complete the Gauntlets. They fought for the grasp of the final Gem. Kang tried to convince Reed that she needed to have the Gauntlet, otherwise the universe would end. Thanks to the intervention of Johnny Storm, who had snapped out of the brainwash, the gems fell in Iron Man's possession. In the very next moment, a tear in the fabric of reality caused by a Wolverine echoed through the Multiverse, and shattered the Infinty Gems.[42]

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.

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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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[48]

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.[49] 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. Loki had Erik Selvig, who he had hypnotized into doing his bidding, construct a device that harnessed the Tesseract's power to create a hole in space over New York for the Chitauri to invade through. The Avengers were able to stop Loki's plans, destroy his machine, and repel the Chitauri invasion.[50]

After the Battle of New York, Thor took the Tesseract back to its rightful place in Asgard,[50] where it remains. Heimdall used its power to restore the Bifrost.[51]

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.[51]

Believing keeping two Infinity Stones in the same place too dangerous, the Asgardians left the Aether in the trust of Taneleer Tivan, the Collector.[51]

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.[47]

The Mind Stone has a variety of powers related to the mind, and emits a yellow light. It was previously concealed within the sceptre Thanos gave to Loki to aid in his invasion of Earth. Loki used the sceptre to control the minds of several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including Clint Barton and Professor Selvig. The Stone would hypnotize those who had the sceptre touched to their heart; however, the contact needed to be immediate, as the Stone's power failed to work on Tony Stark when Loki tapped the sceptre on the arc reactor in his chest. Although the Avengers did not realize the sceptre contained another Infinity Stone, or even knew what an Infinity Stone was, they recognized that the sceptre emitted an energy similar to that of the Tesseract, allowing Black Widow to bypass a failsafe built into the machine Loki used to open a portal for the Chitauri to invade Earth through.[50]

Following Loki's defeat, the sceptre was kept in S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, and was experimented upon by the organization's scientists. One scientist, Wolfgang von Strucker, was a member of the Hydra cell growing within S.H.I.E.L.D. since the end of World War II, and had the sceptre transferred to his fortress in Sokovia before Hydra's conspiracy was exposed. Strucker exposed numerous test subjects to the Stone's energy in an attempt to develop superhumans.[52] Only two of Strucker's test subjects survived: the twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. The experiments gave Pietro superhuman speed, while Wanda was given various psionic abilities not all that dissimilar from the Stone's.[53] The Avengers, who reunited after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., attacked Strucker's fortress once they received intelligence from Phil Coulson regarding it and the sceptre's location.[54] Iron Man recovered the sceptre during the battle and brought it back with him to Stark Tower. Tony discovered in Strucker's files that the sceptre (in reality, the Mind Stone hidden within) contained the basis for a truly artificial intelligence. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner used the sceptre to develop Ultron, an artificial intelligence that could control the Iron Legion more effectively than J.A.R.V.I.S.. However, Ultron turned on his creators the instant he was brought online. Ultron believed the only way to save humanity was to subject them to an extinction-level event, forcing their evolution. The mad A.I. fled Stark Tower with the sceptre and returned to Sokovia.[55]

Ultron ultimately decided that he, too should evolve. Using the Mind Stone as a base for its intelligence and vibranium for the body, Ultron used the Stone's powers to coerce Dr. Helen Cho into using her biotechnology cradle to create a new life form. The Avengers separated Ultron from his new body while he was transferring his intelligence into it. Tony Stark uploaded J.A.R.V.I.S. into the body, but Captain America wanted to destroy it over fears it would turn out like Ultron. The matter was settled when Thor, who had seen the Mind Stone in a vision, used the power of Mjolnir to bring the android to life. Ultron's creation, now called "the Vision," had the Mind Stone embedded into his head, and demonstrated his worth to the Avengers when he was able to effortlessly lift Thor's hammer. The Avengers, the Vision and the Maximoff twins, with help from Nick Fury and a team of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, put an end to Ultron's plans in Sokovia, with the Vision destroying Ultron's final body.

The Vision was made an official member of the Avengers following the battle. Before returning to Asgard, Thor told Iron Man and Captain America that the android could be entrusted with Mind Stone.[55]

2010s Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-12041)

In this universe, the Infinity Stones (as they are called, instead of Gems) are only five, with the Soul Gem apparently not existing in this reality. The Avengers first became aware of the existence of the Infinity Stones after the Red Skull escaped from his master Thanos with them. They were scattered all over the Earth shortly before his ship crashed in Brazil. He managed to mantain hold of only one of the five Infinity Stones, the Power Stone. The Avengers intercepted the Red Skull and obtained of the Power Stone, and they reactivated a secret robot created by Howard Stark named Arsenal to contain it.[56] The appearance of the Stone in the Earth brought the attention of Thanos, who faced the Avengers and took the Power Stone from them, but he was subsequently blasted "half way across the universe."[57]

The other four Infinity Stones were later found by the Avengers. The Time Stone was captured after fluctuating through time, and it was temporarily lodged in Iron Man's arc reactor;[58] the Mind Stone had been seized by M.O.D.O.K., who used it to take control of S.H.I.E.L.D. and briefly switch the minds of the Avengers between each other;[59] the Reality Stone was used by the Squadron Supreme, who altered reality to their whim, but they were stopped by the Avengers;[60] and the Space Stone, which fell in possession of Loki, who tried to use it to merge the Nine Realms and escape Valhalla.[61]

All of the four Stones were contained in the Avengers Tower, under special care by Tony Stark. However, Black Widow noticed that Tony was slowly being corrupted by the Stones. She snuck into the vault containing the Stones and stole them with the intention to hand them over to Thor so he could take for safekeeping to Asgard. After escaping from the rest of the Avengers, who believed her to be a traitor, Widow was accompained by Thor to Asgard, but even before handing the Stones over to Heimdall, he was corrupted, and they were forced to return to the Earth.

The duo was intercepted by the Guardians of the Galaxy, who came to the Earth to claim the Stone sfor safekeeping. Black Widow didn't trust them with the Stones, and confronted them. The Avengers arrived to protect her, as they had realized she was right. After the Guardians were dealt with, the Avengers visited Doctor Strange, so he could bury the Stones between realms. Dormammu arrived subsequently in order to claim the Stones, and Black Widow was forced to wield them in order to vanish him back to his dimension. After initially falling into the Stones' influence, Natasha was capable of resisting their control and reject them. However, as soon as she stripped of the Stones, Thanos returned, and assembled the Infinity Gauntlet with the Power Stone that was already in his possession.[62]

Using the Gauntlet, Thanos created a citadel near Earth's orbit. The Avengers attempted to stop him, but the Mad Titan ignored them as he used the Gauntlet to modify Earth's climate, causing earthquakes, ice ages, and other anomalies around the globe. As part of a contingency plan, the Avengers needed to get the readings of each stone individually. By attacking Thanos' ego, they got him to use each stone alone to fight them. He first aged the Avengers until they died with the Time Stone, but Thor forced him to reverse time after causing the Titan's energy beam to backfire, aging him. After bringing them back, he used the Mind Gem to fuel them with anger and make them fight each other, however, Hulk managed to get them to focus their rage and attack Thanos, for which the Titan decided to stop its influence over them. Using the Space Gem, he attacked each Avenger by teleporting immediatelly after striking. Even after Hawkeye and Black Widow found the pattern of his attacks in order to avoid them, Thanos used the Reality Gem and incapacitated the Avengers, by making them see a reality where global peace was achieved. Captain America managed to see through this lie, and freed the Avengers from its influence. Once the Avengers stroke back, Thanos used the Power Stone to fight them.

After the Avengers restrained him, Thanos decided to stop following their game, and reactivated all of the Gauntlet's power at once. He used the Gauntlet to destroy Iron Man, but it was revealed the armor was being controlled remotelly, and Stark was in the Avengers Tower, using the readings of each individual stone to put Arsenal back online. Thanos brought Stark's lab to his citadel, but he rebooted Arsenal, who proceeded to fight Thanos. Arsenal absorbed any attack from Thanos, and finally took the Gauntlet from him. Using the Gauntlet, Arsenal brought Thanos and the Avengers back to Earth, where the team proceeded to defeat the Mad Titan.

When Iron Man tried to retrieve the Gauntlet from the hands of Arsenal, the robot denied Tony's action. It was revealed a backdoor left in the robot's programming allowed Ultron to possess him. Arsenal was re-shaped into Ultron, and the evil A.I. revealed itself. The five Stones were drained of their power by Ultron.[63]


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.[64]


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.[1]


Thanos first obtained the Soul Stone from Adam Warlock. He received the Time Stone from the center force field. Thanos received the Mind Stone from the Grandmaster after the Super Hero Squad bested the Squadron Supreme in a contest. The Space Stone was found on an asteroid but was stolen by Nebula and he later took it back from her. He received the Power Stone from Nova. After the scuffle Nova used a teleporter to send the stone far away into the deepest depths of space. Thanos took the Reality Stone from the Collector and used it to get the Power Stone back. When the Silver Surfer offered Thanos the Infinity Sword, he took the Gauntlet and used the Soul Stone to trap Thanos. Using its power, the Silver Surfer became the Dark Surfer and used the Gauntlet's powers to scatter the Squaddies across six different dimensions. Afterwards, he used them to rip the Earth out of orbit. In the final battle the Surfer split himself into six differently colored copies each color corresponding with a different Infinity Stone and prepared to fight the Squaddies. As shown, each Hero Factor countered a specific Infinity Stone. After the Squaddies defeated him, the Dark Surfer sent the stones and the sword to the Infinity Pool. The Sword and the Stones were shattered into fractals once Doom and Iron Man fought. The fractals fixed what the Dark Surfer did to the Universe, and freed the beings trapped within the Soul Stone.

The factors that counter each Infinity Stone are:

  • Tech Factor: Counters the Power Stone
  • Energy Factor: Counters the Time Stone
  • Elemental Factor: Counters the Reality Stone
  • Animal Factor: Counters the Soul Stone
  • Strength Factor: Counters the Mind Stone
  • Speed Factor: Counters the Space Stone


  • The colors of the other two additional (seventh and eighth) Infinity Gems in the Ultimate Universe are not exactly clear. The Mind Gem was blue.[65] The two Gems in the Infinity Gauntlet in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s possesion were green and purple.[35] The Gem in possession of Commander Crimson was red (while it wasn't identified as the Power Gem, it featured the same abilities).[38] The Gem found in a New Mexico Hydra outpost was light-purple.[38] The Gem found in the Moon was white.[38]
However, when the Infinity Gauntlet is shown with the Gems recovered by the Invisible Woman (which are every Gem introduced so far except the Power Gem), the light-purple and the white Gems are instead orange and yellow. A second red Gem is retrieved by Quicksilver from the Maker's Dome.[33] The Gem extracted from Tony Stark's mind is orange.[38]
When Iron Man assembles all of the eight gems, they appear to be red, yellow, purple, green, white, orange, and two blues.[38]


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  37. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #18
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 38.6 38.7 Ultimate Comics Ultimates #21
  39. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #22
  40. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #23
  41. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #24
  42. 42.0 42.1 Ultimate Comics Ultimates #30
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  44. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #27
  45. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #28
  46. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #29
  47. 47.0 47.1 Guardians of the Galaxy (film)
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  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 Marvel's The Avengers
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  52. Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude: This Sceptre'd Isle Infinite Comic #1
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  54. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 19
  55. 55.0 55.1 Avengers: Age of Ultron
  56. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 1
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  58. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 7
  59. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 8
  60. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 9
  61. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 10
  62. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 12
  63. Marvel's Avengers Assemble Season 2 13
  64. New Avengers Vol 3 #19
  65. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #17

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