The Marvel fever has taken over the world with the fans now going gaga over their latest movie installment Avengers: Infinity Wars.
Even as the movie breaks record after record, there is one question that is on everyone’s mind – What is Infinity Stones and how does it work?
Before we get started on How does it work part, let us tell you what exactly are the Infinity stones.
In Guardians of the Galaxy volume 1 movie, the Collector said,
“Before creation itself, there were six singularities. Then the universe exploded into existence, and the remnants of these systems were forged into concentrated ingots. Infinity Stones.”
For those who have not seen the movie or didn’t understand what the Collector said let us explain in a little more detail.
According to the comic book, the infinity gems (what they are called in comic book series and is the more accurate name) were “soul gems” or aspects of the universe.
Basically, these stones or gems represent the elements of our universe that are – the space, time, soul, mind, power and reality.
While these are a little bit hard to explain in reality, the most recent Guardians the Galaxy comic book tried to describe it by calling our universe a simulation where these stones or gems are its source code.
So imagine now how much power would a person has if he/she is able to gain access to these “source code of the universe” how much damage can they inflict upon us.
A simple tweak in Time’s source code can rewrite history the same way a simple access to the time stone can change history in an instant or access to space stone can rip a hole in the fabric of the universe.
Now let us explain how each of these stones works –
The first stone that got introduced to us was the Space Stone.
Before you ask us how and when you saw this stone let us warn you that from this point on is all Spoilers and if you have missed a Marvel movie, best catch it first and then read ahead.
Space Stone was introduced to us in form of the Tesseract – which contained the stone until recently.
The Tesseract (or rather the Space Stone was used to create weapons for Hydra during world war II and these weapons could vaporize anyone who came in contact.
Space Stone was also used to rip a hole in space for the evading Chitauri army and attack New York City in the first Avengers movie. But one must note this is still just a fraction of its power and when used correctly, the space stone can allow the user to be omnipresent or teleport him/her/ it anywhere in the universe.
The reality stone has been used as a weapon in the Marvel movies and can revert universe back to a darker age and turn matter into dark matter. The stone can also be used as a wishing stone as it can make anything into reality even it doesn’t obey the laws of physics.
The Power Stone besides providing super strength can be used to provide super durability and one can become omnipotent if he or she is able to use the full power of the stone.
This is one stone which has been part of both the Avengers films till now. It is the yellow stone which made Ultron go crazy and murderous and later on brought him the vision to life and gave him his powers.
It was also used to take control of the minds of Hawkeye, the doctor and others in the first Avengers movie.
But that is still not it’s full power, as the stone can be used to connect each and every mind in existence when used to its full extent and thus give full access all of their thoughts, memories and more.
Like the name suggests the Time stone gives access to time and the stone first made its debut in the Doctor Strange movie where it switched color from orange to green.
The stone allows its user to manipulate time and even create a time loop in certain instances. At its full power, this stone can allow the user full access to the past, present, future and everything in between.
The last but not the least is the soul stone. While we don’t know as much about the soul stone in the movie yet, according to the comic books one can use this to take control of all the living and dead souls in the universe. It can also be to corrupt them and manipulate them to do things.