Avengers: Infinity War has opened in the theatres two days ago, and fans are going crazy over the epic thriller that the movie is. It delivers on every aspect as it had emotion, drama, humor, suspense, thrill, sci-fi moments and hardcore action. You would never see the ending of the movie coming as it was totally uncalled for and left the biggest jaw drops in the history of any movie! We were not prepared for what Thanos did with the Infinity Gauntlet. It was the Game of Thrones level cliff-hanger of the kind that MCU has never done it before.
People going into Infinity War had a lot of questions and only some of their questions got answered in the movie as most of them were retained for the next film, and people left the theatres with even more questions than what they came in with. It is too much that we have to wait for a whole year to get to know how the story of the Avengers continue from here on.
The biggest question we had going into this movie was the location of the Soul Stone. Out of the many theories going around the net, probably the best one was actually true. It was revealed that the Soul Stone was at Vormir. This was predicted by no one but the way it could be retrieved was another theory going around the internet.
As it turned out, Thanos had previously sent Gamora on a mission to find the Soul Stone and she did, but she lied to Thanos about it. Here, to save Nebula, she had to reveal the location to Thanos, and hence she took him there.
The trailers for Infinity War teased the relationship between Thanos and his favorite daughter. So, this gave rise to a particular theory suggesting the reason why the Soul Stone has not appeared till now, is because it requires a big sacrifice of the soul of a loved one, a soul for a soul. This is what happened in Infinity War as Thanos and Gamora met with the Red Skull at Vormir, who was transferred there by the Space Stone a lifetime ago in Captain America: The First Avenger.
He told Thanos that he also once tried to wield a ‘Cosmic Cube’ but he got banished to the place where Soul stone is buried. He said that the only way he could have the Stone for himself is if he sacrifices a soul. He told him that there had to be a sacrifice of a loved one.
Listening to this, Gamora thought that this was never possible as Thanos does not love anyone in the entire Universe. As it turned out he sacrificed his favorite daughter Gamora, the only person he loved in this universe to get the Soul Stone. He literally threw her off the cliff and she died. This scene was really important to build the character of Thanos as the Mad Titan did have the intensity to love, and the tears in his eyes proved that.
However, we never explicitly get to see Thanos use the Soul Stone. He used all other stones except the Mind Stone and the Soul Stone. He didn’t use the Mind Stone because he retrieved it in the end and did not need to use it anywhere, but he did not even use the Soul Stone as well. These two stones work best with each other.
It is believed that that the Orange tint dream sequence that Thanos had with baby Gamora was the doing of the Soul Stone. Well, since we can’t be sure of how the stone works in the MCU, we will have to dive into the comics.
The Soul Stone was a pivotal part of the comics as it played a huge role in defeating Thanos over there. The Soul Stone here can affect the Souls of the beings living and dead. It can steal them, change them and manipulate them. It has the ability to control every soul in this Universe by tapping into the very essence of life. But even more than that, the Soul Stone is a gateway to a different Universe within the Stone called the Soul World, where it traps souls.
In the comics, the very strong cosmic hero Adam Warlock used his bond with the Soul Stone to override the other Stones, snatch the Gauntlet from Thanos and restore peace into the Universe again. Well, we won’t be seeing Adam Warlock in the MCU until Guardians Vol. 3, but we can expect to see the powers of the Soul Stone and even the Soul World show up in Avengers 4.
Red Skull mentioned to Thanos that the Soul Stone has a certain kind of Wisdom, and holds a special place among the other Infinity Stones, so he may be hinting towards the fact that the Soul Stone does have a sort of dominion over the Stones like in the comics. It is the only Infinity stone which has achieved Sentience i.e it has a spirit and will of its own that can dominate its wielder. Soul stone even has parents – Mother is one of the first stars and Father is Destruction itself.
This brings me to my theory that the Avengers and half the population of the Universe that turned to ash, in the end, did not actually die, but their souls were being transferred to the Soul World. This would actually give the rest of the Avengers a chance to have their friends and all other beings be brought back to the living world, and restore peace in this Universe once again. Well, let’s see what happens in Avengers 4.
Avengers Infinity War is running successfully in theaters worldwide. It is directed by Russo brothers who are pros in handling big comic-book ensemble movies, Captain America: Civil War is the best example. It is produced by Kevin Feige & Co and script is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The cast is unprecedented as Marvel has been able to bring so many A-List stars under single roof including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Sebastian Stan (Winter soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision), Samuel Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Mariah Hill).
The official movie synopsis is as follows:
“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”.