How Thor: Ragnarok Sets Up What's Next in Avengers: Infinity War

From TIME - November 3, 2017

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok.

Thanos is getting closer to destroying the universe. The big, purple villain played by Josh Brolin has been on a mission to collect powerful gems called Infinity Stones throughout the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The power-hungry alien hopes to rule (or destroy) the entire universe. Ultimately, this quest will play out in next springs Avengers: Infinity War when he faces off against earths greatest heroes.

And while he doesnt get his hands on one in the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok, he does come one step closer to securing ultimate power. For those who have had a hard time keeping track of what the Infinity Stones are or why they matter, heres everything you need to know about them.

How many Infinity Stones are there?

There are six Infinity Stones. Together, the gems fill the Infinity Gauntlet, a golden glove. Whoever wears the Infinity Gauntlet and possesses the Infinity Stones is capable of immense, destructive power. We already know from the end-credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron that Thanos is in possession of Infinity Gauntlet and has set out to find the stones. After the events of that film he goes into a vault, puts on the glove and says, Fine. Ill do it myself.

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So does that mean that the Infinity Gauntlet in Asgard was fake?

That seems to be the case. We knew from the Thor movies that Thors father, Odin, seemed to be in possession of the Infinity Gauntlet. For awhile, fans theorized that there were two gauntlets, not just one. But it seems to be that there is one true gauntlet, and one forgery. In a scene where Hela is taking stock of Asgards treasures, she dismisses what looks to be the Infinity Gauntlet as fake and throws it off its mantle.

How many Infinity Stones have appeared in Marvel movies so far?

Five of six. Heres a breakdown:

1. The tesseract (a.k.a. the space stone) was discovered by the evil organization Hydra during the Second World War in Captain America: The First Avenger. Decades later, it was used by Tom Hiddlestons Loki to invade earth in The Avengers. Thor takes it back to Asgard at the end of The Avengers, and we see it again on that planet in Thor: Ragnarok. More on that later.

2. The aether (a.k.a. the reality stone) first appeared in Thor: The Dark World. In that movie, the Asgardians are in possession of the aether but believe that having it too close to the tesseract on Asgard is a bad idea. They decide to hand it over to The Collector (Benicio del Toro), a shady guy who collects odd and powerful objects.

3. The orb (a.k.a. the power stone) made its debut in Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) found it in an ancient temple. Thanos enlists Ronan the Accuser to relive Star-Lord of the orb, but the Guardians eventually wind up harnessing its power to defeat Ronan. They then hand the stone over the the galactic police force, Nova Corps.

4. The mind stone originally appeared in The Avengers. It resided in Lokis powerful scepter (gifted to him by Thanos) that could control peoples minds. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the AI villain Ultron takes the mindstone and uses it to fuel a robotic body that he plans to use himself. But Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) upload Starks AI, J.A.R.V.I.S. (Paul Bettany), into the synthetic body instead and create Vision. Vision then becomes an Avenger. He still has the mind stone in his head.

5. The eye of Agamoto (a.k.a. the time stone) appeared in Doctor Strange. Kept hidden by the Masters of the Mystic Arts, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) eventually stumbles on it. He wears it around his neck and uses it to control the space-time continuum.

What stone is still missing?

Did Loki grab an Infinity Stone on his way out of Asgard?

What movies are next for Marvel and will they have more Infinity Stones?

Black Panther (Feb. 16, 2018)

Avengers: Infinity War (April 25, 2018)

Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018)

Captain Marvel (March 6, 2019)

What do the Infinity Stones have to do with Avengers: Infinity War?


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