Where is the Soul Stone?
This article contains spoilers for several Marvel Films as well as potential spoilers for Infinity War should my predictions prove to be correct. Okay? Okay. You’ve been warned. Here we go.
The location of the Soul Stone. It’s the biggest question surrounding the upcoming Infinity War film. It’s more pressing, in my opinion than asking who will die; that’s fairly easy to guess based on the contractual status of the actors. Personally, I feel like Chris Evans’ Captain America will meet his demise at the hands (or Gauntlet) of the Mad Titan Thanos, and I think it’ll happen while trying to keep Thanos from collecting the Soul Stone from the Wakandans.
Bear with me here.
So far through the 18 films, we have seen five of the six Infinity Stones – Mind, Space, Time, Reality, and Power. Here’s a quick recap of what the stones are, and where they are located:
Mind Stone (yellow) – This was first seen in The Avengers when it was still housed in Loki’s scepter. It was used to control the minds of Hawkeye and Erik Selvig and eventually was used by Ultron to create Vision in the second Avengers film.
Space Stone (blue) – This was seen in Captain America the First Avenger and was contained in the Tesseract. Loki used the Scepter to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. to obtain the Tesseract, marking the only time two of the Stones were in such close proximity. Most recently it was seen being taken by Loki during the climactic final battle of Thor: Ragnarok and it has been heavily implied in the trailers that he hands it over to Thanos in the Infinity War trailer as we see him offering it up to someone, and then later see Thanos crushing the Tesseract and dropping a blue stone into the Gauntlet next to the Power Stone.
Time Stone (green) – This was introduced in the Doctor Strange solo film and was clearly called an Infinity Stone at the end of the film by Wong. It resides in the Eye of Agamotto, the necklace worn by Dr. Strange during the finale of the film.
Reality Stone (red) – Also known as the Aether that was shown in Thor: The Dark World that opened up portals to the Nine Realms. At the end of this film, it was brought to the Collector to keep it safe, who remarked, “One down. Five to go.” This insinuates that he not only knows what he has been given, but that he too is looking for the Stones.
Power Stone (purple) – This is the stone Ronan the Accuser was tasked with retrieving by Thanos in the first Guardians of the Galaxy film. We see the stone being used by a giant cosmic entity known as a Celestial (which Peter Quill AKA Star Lord is revealed to be in the second Guardians film) to eradicate an entire planet. The Stone ends up in the possession of the Nova Corps on Xandar at the end of that film after Ronan is defeated. In the trailers we see Thanos has this before he drops the Space Stone into the Gauntlet, so we can assume he gets that first.
Soul Stone (orange) – Unknown.
This is the big mystery. There are multiple theories on where the Stone might be, and the introduction of Adam Warlock during the end credits scene from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. In the epic comic story, Warlock is actually imprisoned within the Soul Gem (they’re called Infinity Gems in the comic, although they were briefly referred to as “Soul Stones” instead of either Infinity Stones or Infinity Gems) in a dimension known as “Soul World”. That probably isn’t going to be the case here, although I firmly believe that Warlock will be instrumental in defeating Thanos.
Some people have posited that the Stone is actually Thanos’ home planet of Titan – Saturn’s largest moon. From what we have been told, this movie version of Thanos has a much different motivation than comic Thanos. Basically, comic Thanos assembled the Gems to eradicate half of all life in the universe as a way to win the favor of Mistress Death, with whom he was in love. He literally does this with a snap of his fingers, so powerful are the collected Infinity Gems. This is referenced by Gamora in the most recent trailer. However, movie Thanos has vowed to stop life from expanding throughout the universe as he sees it as something of an infestation and he is attempting to stop a horrific and devastating event such as the one that destroyed his home through population control. He wants to eliminate half of the life in the universe as a means of regulating the spread of life.
There is a school of thought that the scene shown to the Guardians of the Galaxy of the Celestian destroying a planet was actually what happened to Titan because the population got out of control, and as we’ve seen from Guardians vol. 2, Celestials are immensely powerful and in order to defeat them, one must become the master of all things. I believe this is what Thanos is trying to do. But how can he do that without all six Stones? Here’s my theory as to where the final stone might be.
Each of the objects that housed an Infinity Stone is also a letter of Thanos’ name. Don’t believe me?
H – ?
Following this logic, the Soul Stone must be located in something (or someone) beginning with the letter H. I believe there are two possible locations. First, Heimdall from Asgard. Heimdall is the gatekeeper, the guardian of the Bifrost- the bridge between realms. He tells Thor that he is able to see Jane Foster’s “soul” in the first film. How else could he do that unless he was in possession of the Stone? His eyes are the color of the Soul Stone as well – but he could be a red herring. The most likely conclusion I’ve reached is that the Soul Stone is located in Wakanda.
Let that simmer a second, because I know what you’re thinking.
How could the Soul Stone be in Wakanda, and nobody mentioned it at all during the Black Panther film? Well, who says they didn’t? As we learned from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” sometimes the best place to hide is right out in the open. Director Ryan Coogler said that there wasn’t enough room in the film to talk about the Soul Stone because of the emphasis on Vibranium. But what if the Soul Stone is in the Heart Herb tree under which we see both T’Challa and Killmonger commune with their fathers as well as after T’Challa drank the nectar from the flowers? How else do you explain that? I don’t believe there are any hallucinogenic properties to the nectar, but the fact that it also imbues whoever drinks it with incredible power (at the very least the equal to that of the Super Soldier Serum that empowered Steve Rogers) along with its healing properties points to something not of this world. Plus, I like this idea because it fits with my T.H.A.N.O.S. acronym theory; the H would be Heart Herb tree, and it would make the giant battle we see in the trailer all that much more interesting and important.
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