Avengers: Infinity War was a long McGuffin chase. It was all about getting the Infinity Stones so Thanos could accomplish the Decimation event where half the population of the Universe ceases to exist. There were some mysteries that were solved about these stones.
The biggest of them all was the location of the Soul Stone and how Thanos got to acquire it. Throughout the film, Thanos mostly ended up using the Power Stone and the Space Stone since those were the ones he got his hands on, right in the beginning of the film.
The next 2 and a half hours were all about getting the next 4 Infinity Stones. Thanos got the Reality stone from the Collector, then he got the Soul Stone from Vormir. Doctor Strange gave him the Time Stone at Titan in exchange for Tony’s life. Finally, he dismantled Vision to get the Mind Stone to complete his set of 6.
Now if you’ve noticed an interesting detail in the film, the Time Stone among all these stones was the one which wasn’t physically touched by Thanos or anyone. It came in really handy towards the very end of the film, but no one ever really touched the stone. Have a look:
It was safely locked within the Eye of Agamotto back in Doctor Strange, then when Doctor Strange brought it to Titan and handed it over to Thanos, the Stone was never grabbed by Thanos. It seems that there is a whole Telekinetic boundary around the stone that doesn’t allow anyone to physically be able to touch it. Well that’s cool. Another interesting fact is that we never really saw Thanos touch the Reality stone as well, but it’s likely that Thanos might have grabbed it behind the scenes.
Amongst all the 6 Infinity Stones, the Mind Stone and the Soul Stone were the ones that were used the least number of times throughout the film. As mentioned above, power and Space Stone were used almost every time Thanos used the Gauntlet.
The Reality stone turned things into bubbles twice, showed Doctor Strange a glorious past and was used multiple time in battle and illusions. The Time Stone only exceeds the Mind & Soul Stone by one extra usage, but those 2 were really crucial to the plot of the film.
Doctor Strange used the Time Stone to see 14 million plus alternative future outcomes while Thanos used it to reverse time and bring Vision back to life. As for the Mind Stone, it was just Vision who used it in a fight against Corvus Glaive. People were not actually able to spot the usage of the Soul Stone, but then the Russos came to our aid with that. They revealed that it was used against Doctor Strange, to eliminate all the Soulless copies that he had formed while fighting Thanos at once.
Then, later on, all the stones were used to attack Thor and during the Snap. Avengers: Endgame will surely bring in some more use of all these stones. The Mind Stone and the Soul Stone will probably be put to better use the next time we see them. But let’s see what Marvel has in store for us.
There are a lot of aspects that will come in play within Avengers: Endgame. The Infinity Stones, the Quantum Realm, the BARF tech and obviously Time Travel. Here’s what the writers of the film had to say about the unexpectedness of the film:
“Christopher Markus – [Avengers 4] doesn’t do what you think it does. It is a different movie than you think it is…Also…[the deaths are] real. I just want to tell you it’s real, and the sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next stage of grief.
Stephen McFeely – Put it this way, I think [Infinity War] is a fairly mature movie for a blockbuster. It’s got a lot of fun in it, obviously, but boy, it gets very mature. The second one is also mature. We’re going to own these choices, and hopefully surprise and delight you and get you invested. It’s by the same studio, the same filmmaking team. They were written at the same time, shot at the same time. They’re clearly connected, but they are definitely two different movies, one of which is dependent on what happened previous.”
Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame comes out on April 26. It will presumably star Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Renner Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Pom Klementieff, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Tessa Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Cate Blanchett, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Douglas, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum, Katherine Langford, Stellan Skarsgard and Brie Larson.