The Avengers assemble once more to face their biggest challenge to date – the might of Thanos, but where does he get those wonderful stones?
This is what the Marvel cinematic universe has been building up to. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is on the war path, has the infinity gauntlet and is hell bent on collecting infinity stones in a bid to become an all powerful god. But where do the stones come from?
Well, we’ve already seen five of the stones, albeit in different forms, in the Marvel cinematic universe. Let’s break it down:
The Tesseract first seen in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’.
The Chitauri Scepter from Loki’s staff and then as part of Vision.
Aether from ‘Thor: The Dark World’.
The Orb as seen in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’.
And finally the Eye of Agamotto from ‘Doctor Strange’.
Respectively these form the Space, Mind, Reality, Power and Time stones. The Soul stone is still needed by Thanos to complete the Gauntlet, but we’re yet to discover the whereabouts of the sixth stone. Or are we?
Theories about how Marvel will introduce the Soul stone into the cinematic universe are varied.
My best guess is that the Soul stone is with Adam Warlock, aka Him, who was introduced in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 post credits scene. His cocoon, adorned in gold, was topped with a shining yellow… could it be a stone?
There are other theories. One is that the stone is with Heimdall, the Asgardian warrior played by Idris Elba. Look closely at his armour in the films and on his chest there appears to be a small yellow stone.
But wait, there’s more. In comic lore the Soul stone originates from Herbert Wyndham, aka Higher Evolutionary (He for short). Could the writers possibly introduce Higher Evolutionary to the story? It seems unlikely, but what we do know is that Higher Evolutionary would eventually gift the stone to Him and re-christened him Adam Warlock.
So we came full circle there. My money’s definitely on Adam Warlock.
Here’s the interesting reason why all of the above have names begin with the letter H. If you put the artefacts in order, like so: Tesseract, Him/Heimdall/High Evolutionary, Aether, Necklace Eye of Agamotto (bit of a stretch that one), Orb and Scepter you spell… THANOS!
We see from the trailer that Thanos has two of the stones in the Gauntlet and a third is seemingly torn from Vision (Paul Bettany), who we also see appearing far more human alongside love interest Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).
One big question being asked on social media is, What’s going on with Thanos’ colour? In the Guardians of the Galaxy films he takes on a blue hue, in this trailer he’s very obviously more red. I don’t think it’s that complicated. In space he appears blue, on Earth… you get the gist.
There’s a bucket load more talking points raised by the new Avengers: Infinity Wars trailer. Spider-man (Tom Holland) has a new costume hinting strongly that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) has continued to help the webslinger to develop his hero skills.
It looks like the fight against Thanos will take place on more than one front with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Captain America (Chris Evans) teaming up alongside The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Iron Man and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are working with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and it looks like Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is on-board with The Guardians of the Galaxy.
Ant-Man / Giant Man, Falcon, Black Widow and, wait… is that War Machine? all feature in the biggest Marvel film to date.
Avengers: Infinity War will be in UK cinemas on April 27th 2018 and in North America from May 4th.