Avengers: Infinity War is now the highest grossing superhero movie with over $2 Billion in earnings worldwide, it’s now available on digital platforms and it’s DVD/Blu Ray editions are available in stores.
Prior to the revelation about Soul stone’s location, the fans were speculating that ‘Soul stone’ could be hidden somewhere in the Kingdom of Wakanda under the protection of Black Panther. It’s totally believable as Wakanda is the most technologically advanced country and it has the tools and resources to safely keep something as valuable as that. The Black Panther solo movie didn’t mention it even once and it was clear that Soul stone’s location is still a huge mystery.
But in the ‘Infinity War’, Gamora revealed that it was located at Planet Vormir, subsequently, Thanos and Gamora took a trip and found that the gates were guarded by none other than Red Skull. He told Thanos that the only way he could retrieve ‘Soul Stone’ is if he sacrifices a soul he adored, the next thing we knew Gamora was pushed off the cliff and Thanos got the Infinity stone.
The Marvel VFX Supervisor Dan Deeleuw has revealed that the ‘Soul Stone; was originally conceptualized to be much darker. Thanos was supposed to walk on the river filled with the blood of his victims, but later it was deemed ‘too dark’. But this is slightly hypocritical as the story of the movie revolves around a cosmic overlord who ultimately kills trillions to fulfill his purpose in life.
The Infinity War writers Markus and McFeely further dwelled on Soul stone:
“There was a lot of speculation as to where the Soul Stone was, right? We never wanted to give that chip away,” co-writer Stephen McFeely pointed out. “We didn’t want it to be somewhere you already knew. We didn’t want some other movie to plant it. We wanted to use it as a story point.”
“We didn’t want it to be random either. Like it’s on Planet X,” co-writer Christopher Markus noted. “Which happens to have lots of, you know spiders on it. That would be difficult.”
McFeely added, “It becomes a secret for one of our characters and therefore it becomes emotional.”
“We already had that problem right? You knew a lot of places where the stones were so if you knew every one of them there was going to be much less mystery, and just on a screenwriting level, it was really important to us to have a mystery. What does Gamora know that you all don’t know? It’s fun, there’s a whole thing where every letter spells out Thanos’ name, like why didn’t we think of that!”
Christopher Markus admits that it was a lot of fun to read theories online even when they all proved to be incorrect. He said:
“Sometimes you read it and go ‘that’s really quite clever…much too clever. I mean also the…I’m thinking of the theory that said it was in Wakanda. Like, they can’t all be on Earth. I know we’re a very important planet but we’re not the most. You can’t have all of them here and then we have the opportunity to go to space and…what was it, the original He-Man movie where they ran out of money and the rest of it takes place in a parking lot in Encino. Like we have the money. We can go up there.”
The ensemble cast of Infinity War is truly spectacular as some of the biggest stars have been brought by Marvel including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), 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).
The official movie synopsis for ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ 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”.