Saturday, November 9, 2013

Two down. Four to go.

In a previous ramble, I speculated that Marvel was going to bring the epic tale, The Infinity Gauntlet, to the big screen. Not that it was much of an intuitive leap of feat of reasoning. You got Thanos, the Gauntlet probably isn’t far behind. Thor: The Dark World confirms the hunt for the Infinity Gems and all but makes it official that Earth’s greatest heroes will eventually face Thanos after he becomes a god.
Here is where I give the official SPOILER ALERT if you have not seen The Dark World, or any of the Avengers related films for that matter.

Quick recap, there are six Infinity Gems: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Power, and Reality. Each has powers that their names imply. When combined and in the control of one being, said being becomes a god and Thanos demonstrated in the comics, like a god can change existence with the snap of the finger. At the end of Thor’s latest cinematic adventure, which was very good by the way, Sif (Jamie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) deliver the weapon of the Dark Elves, the Aether, to the Collector (Benicio Del Toro). We’ll get to know the collector better in the upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy film. The important part of this action is because two Infinity Stones in the same location is dangerous. The Tesseract is identified as the other Infinity Stone. After Sif and Volstagg leave, the collector says, “One down, five to go.” Whether or not the Collector is collecting for Thanos is yet to seen. But the quest to unify the Stones is on.
Now comes the next question. Which stones do the Tesseract and the Aether represent? The Tesseract is easy enough to guess at. It’s primary function, other than a power source, is that it’s a transportation device. So let’s call it the Space stone. The Aether was referenced as a source of great power that cannot be destroyed. Powerful enough that it would have blacked out all of the universe had Malekith and the Dark Elves succeeded in their plans. So let’s just call it the Power stone. Or it will be anyway. It is also red, which is the color of the Power stone. The Space stone is purple, but the Tesseract being blue isn’t that far off. It will be interesting and not all that much of a surprise if another of the Infinity stones appears or is at least referenced in Guardians Of The Galaxy. This will all come together during Phase 3 of Marvels cinematic universe of course, at the earliest. Currently we just began Phase 2 with Thor 2 and Iron Man 3. We still have a few movies to go before these subplots bear fruit. But at least now we have a concrete idea of where all the bread crumbs are leading. And the fate of all of existence will be at stake.
You can read my previous guessing about The Infinity Gauntlet here: Is Marvel setting up the Infinity Gauntlet?

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