Time Gem

One of six Infinity Gems that grant its user control over reality. According to the most commonly accepted origin story the six gems were once part of an all-powerful being who committed suicide out of loneliness. Its power survived and manifested as six gems.

When the Illuminati attempted to use the Infinity Gauntlet to push away another universe that was colliding with Earth-616, the Time Gem disappeared.[1]

The Time Gem eventually returned, suddenly transporting the Avengers into the future. [2]



The time gem allows the user total control over the past, present and future. Its most basic ability grants its user visions of possible futures. It allows time travel, control over the age of beings and also be used as a weapon by trapping enemies or entire worlds in unending loops of time. At its peak, when used with the other gems, it allows its user to exist at all points in time simultaneously.

Alternate Realities

2010s Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-12041)

In this universe, the Red Skull stole the Infinity Stones (as they are called, instead of "Infinity Gems") from his master Thanos and returned to Earth. He had his ship heavily damaged, which caused the Stones to be scattered all over the Earth.[3] The Time Stone started fluctuating through time, but Iron Man was able to pin it down and seize it. However, the Stone got lodged in Iron Man's arc reactor. And each time the Stone pulsated, it caused Stark to de-age. Additionally, the arrival of said stone create temporal anomalies, like the appearance of dinosaurs, robots from the future, or Hydra battalions from WWII which wrecked havoc in Manhattan.

In the middle of the chaos, the Red Skull escaped his cell at the Avengers Tower, and tried to get the Time Stone, so he chased Tony Stark through the building, who had become a kid. Captain America fought the Skull to save Tony, and Stark managed to put on an adjusted Iron Man armor for his younger body. Tony attacked the Skull with a repulsor ray which blasted the villain out of the tower. Captain America was able to encourage the young Tony to focus and control the power of the Time Stone, ultimately succeeding in stopping the timeslips, sending everyone who was time-displaced to their respective eras, and reverting Stark back to his normal age.[4]

The Stone was contained with the other three that had been retrieved by the Avengers, under special care by Tony Stark. However, the Black Widow noticed that Tony was slowly being corrupted by the Stones. She snuck into the vault and stole them, with the intention to send them to Asgard for safekeeping. Their plan failed, and they resorted to Doctor Strange so he could bury them between realities. However, Dormammu appeared shortly after to take the gems. Black Widow was forcced to wield the Stones 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.[5]

Using the Gauntlet, Thanos created a citadel near Earth's orbit, and started modifying Earth's climate, causing anomalies around the globe. In order to defeat him, the Avengers got Thanos to fight them with each individual Stone. 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 getting the readings of each individual Stone, Iron Man activated Arsenal, who seized the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos. When the Avengers returned to Earth, 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.[6]

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

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In this universe, the Time Stone was held inside the Eye of Agamotto, a locket in possession of the Masters of the Mystic Arts. By using its powers to control the flow of time, Stephen Strange made time go backwards and prevent the destruction of Hong Kong, and later imposed a time loop upon the Dark Dimension to blackmail Dormammu into leaving Earth alone.[7]


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The Time Gem was the only Infinity Gem not to shatter, but disappeared when the others were destroyed.

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