The Infinity War is upon us and the plot revolves around Mad Titan ‘Thanos’ quest for six Infinity stones namely Power, Space, Mind, Time, Reality, and Soul. These represent six cosmic singularities which control the fundamental aspects of existence. Out of six, five Infinity stones have been found out in the MCU. The Soul Stone is the last and the final Infinity Stone that is yet to be discovered.
There are multiple theories flying around regarding the whereabouts of Soul stone. It was first perceived to be in Wakanda but solo Black Panther had no mention of it. Then fans believed it was with Iron Man for some reason. The latest speculation is that Hawkeye will be on a mission along with Yakuzas to retrieve Soul stone from an undisclosed location.
In the comic books, the Soul Stone is actually the Soul Gem, a mystical and cosmic artifact that grants the user control over the souls of the entire universe be it the past, present or future. The Soul Gem is considered the most powerful of the Infinity Stones for its ability to control the very factor of life itself.
Presenting 10 Incredible comic book facts about the Soul Stone we bet you never knew….
The Soul Stone has parents
You did not just think the Soul Stone was born out of nothing, did you? The Infinity Stones were created, or born in a way, by two very cosmic beings. The Soul Stone has parents if you can call them that any way. Its mother is one of the very first stars of the Universe and its father is Destruction itself.
It is Sentient
Sentience is when an organism can think for itself beyond the limits of survival. Humans are sentient beings like many other alien races in the Marvel Universe. But of all the Infinity Stones, only the Soul Stone has managed to achieve sentience. It has a will and spirit of its own and can dominate its wielder when someone tries to use its powers. This is the reason why it’s the most dangerous Infinity stone of them all.
It works best when coupled with the Mind Gem
The Soul Gem alone can only manipulate the souls but cannot influence anything beyond that aspect. You can kill someone but you cannot control them outright using the Soul Stone. The Mind Stone can control someone but the soul-killing aspect lies with the former. So when the two are paired together, their power reaches its peak, with the wielder gaining access to both the minds and souls of the entire universe. Well, we know that Mind stone is literally on Vision’s forehead and over which the entire ‘Battle of Wakanda’ will take place.
Can fire Spiritual Energy blasts
The Soul Stone can fly by itself and can fire energy blasts of concussive nature. These blats are called Karmic Blasts. These blasts do not necessarily harm the opponent physically but spiritually. The enemy’s soul suffers terrible injuries if caught within its beams. Even Astral Forms can suffer critical damage from the Soul Stone energy beams.
Is a universal translator
The Soul Stone can peak into the souls of the entire universe. It can squeeze them out of one’s body and manipulate them at will. That aspect of its powers grants it yet another amazing ability. Whoever possesses the Soul Stone will be granted the power to speak any language, no matter how alien or foreign.
We saw how messed up things can be for heroes if one of them is manipulated or twisted by evil villain. In ‘The Avengers’, Loki used his scepter to change the fundamental nature of Hawkeye, he became his lackey and beat the shit out of Avengers. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the evil AI said to Scarlett Witch that she can destroy the Avengers from within. And Lo n behold, she single-handedly took care of Team Avengers including Thor. Imagine if Thanos decides to use Soul stone and turn a major superhero against his own fellow Avengers/ Guardians.
Beings killed by the Soul Stone will be sucked into the Soul World, a pocket dimension residing between the Stone. Within it, Adam Warlock found a peace that he claims he could never obtain in reality. Every being inside the Soul World knows every other living being there as if they already met before, even though they didn’t. Only Warlock has the ability to escape the Soul World but he chose not to and became its ruler.
It was once used by the Kree to end the Kree Civil War
The Kree are quite the infamous aliens in the Marvel universe. After conquering one world after another, the Kree even experimented on Humanity to create the Inhuman race. When the Blue and Pink Kree went to war, the Kree Supreme Intelligence decided to use the Soul Stone to dispel the Chaos. Silver Surfer managed to snatch it off of him before that could happen.
It was used to kill Galactus
Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, is a cosmic being of fear and dread throughout the Universe. When he visits a world, the World stops existing since Galactus feasts on the very planet, killing entire civilizations in one go. To stop Galactus from doing any more harm, the Elders of the Universe once used the Soul tone to kill Galactus and rid the universe of him.
Adam Warlock is bound to the Soul Stone
The Hero Adam Warlock does not possess the Soul Stone for the desire of power. His very soul now resides within the Soul Stone and if the stone is somehow detached from his body, Warlock’s body will become a lifeless, soulless husk. James Gunn, the writer-director of GOTG, has already confirmed that despite his repeated requests, the studio denied introducing Warlock into the Infinity War. Hence, the whereabouts of Soul stone are still unknown as MCU is not adapting any of the comic-book plots.
Doctor Strange possesses the Soul Stone in the comics
In the comic books, the Soul Stone has exchanged hands with many people. The High Evolutionary, Darklore, the Kree Supreme Intelligence, Magus, the In-Betweener, Thanos, the Elders of the Universe has all once possessed it. The stone’s current owner is Doctor Stephen Strange, who has taken a vow to guard it with his life. In the MCU, Dr. Strange is in possession of Time stone and he will be hunted down by a Black Order member Ebony Maw sent by Thanos.
Soul Stone’s mystery will be unraveled in the upcoming Avengers Infinity War. It is going to be released on April 27, 2018. Directed by Russo brothers who have an amazing track record of directing two Captain America movies – Winter Soldier and Civil War. Produced by Kevin Feige & Co. Screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Here is the official movie synopsis, it reads:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.
“As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain”.
“An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe”.
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