A Guide To The Infinity Stones

A Guide To The Infinity Stones

Here's a quick guide for you fans who might not know how devious Marvel has been with these little gems

This article was written before the release of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’d know that Marvel’s Infinity War is HERE. If you’re anything like me and love Marvel with a passion, you’re absolutely dying inside. But not everyone knows about the background that went into the film, nor the story behind it, so I’m here to fill in some gaps for you lovely readers.

Let’s get a breakdown of what’s happened with the Infinity Stones so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, also known as the MCU. Recently we had films like Civil War, Ant Man, and of course the box-office busting Black Panther film. But Marvel has been setting up for the grand showdown since 2011, with the release of the first Thor movie. In it, we are introduced to both the tesseract and Loki’s mind-controlling staff. At the time, the tesseract was only a useful plot device that allowed Loki to try and enact his devious plans. What we did not know yet was that it is one of the infinity stones (also called infinity gems in the comics), the powerful jewels contained in Thanos’ infinity gauntlet.

The tesseract is actually the space stone, which gives the user the ability to open wormholes. After the Avengers defeated Loki, Thor took both Loki and the Tesseract back to Asgard, leaving Loki’s staff on Earth. In Thor: Ragnarok, it looks like Loki stole the tesseract back from Odin’s vault before Asgard was destroyed, but it remains to be seen if this was a good or bad thing. The second infinity stone actually made its appearance in the very same movie, in the form of Loki’s staff. I, like a lot of fans out there, thought that the staff was a product of the tesseract, but in fact the two are distinct stones, despite seeming to be the same color.

Loki’s staff actually contained the Mind stone, which obviously gives the user the ability to brainwash and control the minds of others. It becomes important in later movies, most notably in Avengers: Age of Ultron when Ultron takes it and uses it to create a body for himself, which backfires and becomes the sentient android The Vision.

Considering the Mind stone is now embedded in Vision’s forehead, powering him, the Mind stone has now taken on a new kind of power probably similar to telekinesis/telepathy. Other than Vision, it seems that the Mind stone inside Loki’s staff was also used in the experimentations on Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, turning the twins into Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver before the staff was recovered again by Tony Stark.

We encounter the third infinity stone, the Reality stone, in Thor: The Dark World as the Aether Orb. In the movie it seemed to make the person holding it stronger, but in the comics it’s usually been used as a sort of wish-fulfiller, genie kind of power. At the end of the movie it was given to the Collector for safe keeping, but then the Collector’s warehouse/storage/workshop was destroyed in Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not sure if the Aether Orb was entrusted to the collector before or after the guardians wrecked his house, but either way we have no way of knowing where exactly the Reality stone is now.

The fourth gem, the Power stone, is the main plot device in the first Guardians movie, and the first time one of the stones is outright referred to as an infinity stone. The Power stone, true to its name, gives the wielder unimaginable power, and apparently the ability to destroy entire planets, if Ronan’s plans for it were any inclination. It’s also the stone that destroyed the Collector’s workshop, but was later given to the Nova Core for safekeeping. We see it on Thanos’s gauntlet in the infinity war trailers, though, so most likely the Nova Core no longer exists.

The fifth gem is in Dr. Strange, the Eye of Agamoto that he uses to save the worlds. It is actually the time stone, and honestly it's a feat he is even able to wield such powerful energy, since even Starlord, who is half-god, could only do it for a short period of time.

The Soul stone is still missing, unfortunately. There was some speculation that it would appear in Black Panther, but after it didn't, fans were a little disappointed. Nevertheless, we’re excited to see what Marvel as crafted for us in the future, and whether the Infinity Stones will continue to be important in the Marvel Franchise or be totally forgotten, much like Betty Ross (Bruce Banner's girlfriend).

Cover Image Credit: Gage Skidmore

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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