In a long line of powerful glowing rocks, Marvel’s latest hit Doctor Strange has the Eye of Agamotto, which can control the flow of time. There’s a lot going on in the ever-growing number of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies but nothing has been teased or set up more thoroughly than the Infinity Stones.
According to the Collector in Guardians of the Galaxy, the stones are six singularities that existed before the universe itself and took on physical form after. These representation of elemental forces are enormously powerful. Harnessing one alone can offer the ability to rewrite reality, reverse time, or destroy a planet. They are supposedly the creation of the “Cosmic Entities:” Entropy, Infinity, Death, and Eternity. The stones are also associated with the Celestials, who were galactic conquerors in the distant past. They are sought after by many characters, but the biggest is Thanos, who seeks to unite the stones together in a glove called the Infinity Gauntlet which grants the wearer absolute power.
The MCU has carefully exploited this MacGuffin-rich storyline, seeding the stones as other comic-inspired artifacts in their films dating back to Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, which was when the foundation for The Avengers and the MCU’s future. Doctor Strange is just the latest film to fit into the storyline.
Let’s take a look at all the stones, where they are, and where the storyline goes before Thanos gets his hands on them in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled 2019 sequel. The films aren’t set up to simply be the culmination of the Avengers franchise, but the entire Phases 1-3 of the MCU thus far. Click Next to scroll through the gallery.