Marvel Cinematic Universe has a rich cosmic history and setup. At the very beginning, there were 6 singularities. They were imbued with massive power. These singularities would be known as the Infinity Stones.
Each one had different abilities. Thanos collected the Reality, Soul, Time, Power, Mind, and Space Stones one after the other during Avengers: Infinity War. When he had all of them, he snapped his fingers to remove half of all living beings from the entire universe.
The Avengers all came together to reverse that snap 5 years later in Avengers: Endgame. They returned each and everything back to the way it was before it was blipped away.
Quite like the MCU’s characters, the Infinity Stones too, appeared throughout several movies, and they were incorporated into the Marvel tapestry as Kevin Feige slowly built the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now, hardcore Marvel fans know when these stones appeared. But for the casual MCU lover, it might be confusing to figure out just where each one of the stones showed up first.
However, one of Marvel’s social media accounts has helped fans get rid of that confusion. Well, at least for one of the Stones.
The official Instagram account in the United Kingdom recently posted a detailed timeline of the events surrounding the Power Stone in the MCU. Here’s each slide below:
The chart explains the Power Stone’s creation before it showed up on Morag at the beginning of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy. From there, Star-Lord himself picked up the stone. In an alternate timeline, the purple stone was picked up by fellow Guardian Nebula.
After Peter Quill got his hands on the stone, it got delivered to The Collector (also called Taneleer Tivan), on Knowhere.
After the Guardians of the Galaxy took the Stone from the Collector, it fell into the hands of Ronan the Accuser, a Kree radical.
During the final Dance-Off, Quill came into contact with the Power Stone, and with the help of the other Guardians, he successfully used its power to defeat Ronan.
After that, the Power Stone was safely kept in a Nova Corps vault on Xandar until the Mad Titan came along and took it by force.
After the events of Infinity War (+ 5 years), the Avengers used time travel to recollect the Infinity Stones. Then Dr. Bruce Banner as Smart Hulk, snapped his fingers with all the Infinity Stones to bring everyone who got blipped safely back.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Tony used the Power Stone and all the other ones to eliminate Thanos and defeat his army. Later, Steve Rogers traveled throughout time to reinstall the stones back to their original point of origin.
Thanos got the Power Stone first, and then he got all the others. The purple stone has had quite an intense journey since its creation. It went through the galaxy with the Celestials and others. Overall, the Power gem was the 4th stone introduced in the MCU, and it was a big McGuffin in Guardians of the Galaxy. This was before Thanos used it during Infinity War and Endgame.
We will probably see these stones going forward in the MCU. As seen in the Disney+ series Loki, the temporal police called the Time Variance Authority has a drawer full of various Stones from across time.
The TVA exists outside space and time. So these Stones are rendered useless and are often used as a paperweight by the staff of the organization.
So even though we might see these Stones again, they will probably not be used again since the MCU is moving forward with more powerful artifacts.
As such, Marvel Studios will probably move forward with new projects, and the 6 Infinity Stones will stay in the past. So at most, we will probably see these Stones through flashbacks. Also, in the main MCU, Thanos reduced them all to atoms.
Next up on the MCU’s slate is Moon Knight, starring Oscar Isaac. The show will stream exclusively on Disney+ from March 30, 2022.
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