Avengers Infinity War’s trailer has been released and the cinematic experience is set to debut May 4, 2018. If you haven’t been paying attention there is a subtle back story unfolding with each Marvel movie that has been slowly building into a war for the Infinity Stones — the ultimate power.
Soon we will see all of our favourite Marvel super heroes unite against a universal threat.
Did you know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films were not released in chronological order? To get the most out of the MCU and the upcoming Avenger’s movie you might want to re-watch the films in this order to get the most out of the back story (this list does not include any of the Marvel mini-series’):
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) 80% Rotten Tomatoes
- Iron Man (2008) 94% Rotten Tomatoes
- The Incredible Hulk (2008) 67% Rotten Tomatoes
- Iron Man 2 (2010) 73% Rotten Tomatoes
- Thor (2011) 77% Rotten Tomatoes
- The Avengers (2012) 92% Rotten Tomatoes
- Iron Man 3 (2013) 80% Rotten Tomatoes
- Thor: The Dark World (2013) 66% Rotten Tomatoes
- Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) 89% Rotten Tomatoes
- Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) 91% Rotten Tomatoes
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) 83% Rotten Tomatoes
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 75% Rotten Tomatoes
- Ant-Man (2015) 82% Rotten Tomatoes
- Captain America: Civil War (2016) 91% Rotten Tomatoes
- Doctor Strange (2016) 89% Rotten Tomatoes
- Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) 92% Rotten Tomatoes
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) 92% Rotten Tomatoes
- Black Panther (February 9, 2018) TBR
- Avengers: Infinity War (May 4, 2018) TBR
- Ant-Man and the Wasp (July 6, 2018) TBR
- Captain Marvel (March 6, 2019) TBR
In the MCU mythos the six Infinity Gems are the crystallized remnants of one of the earliest beings from the time of the creation of the Universe. Each gem is a different colour and grants its wielder a special power. They are more powerful when used together in unison.
Power Gem (Purple) – Increases strength and durability. Enhances virtually any known superhuman ability. It amplifies the power of the other gems. This gem is in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Time Gem (Green) – Time travel; stop, slow down or speed up flow of time; accelerate or slow down aging; see into past/future. Seen in Doctor Strange.
Space Gem (Blue) – Travel through space, mostly through teleportation. Able to interfere with the motion of other objects. The most famous gem that Loki used as the Tesseract in Thor, Captain America and The Avengers.
Soul Gem (unknown colour) – Observe, attack or even steal a being’s soul or spirit. Also used to revert individuals to their natural state. Not yet seen in film.
Reality Gem (Red) – Alters all of reality; similar to the effects of a Cosmic Cube, but much, much higher. This stone is in Thor: The Dark World.
Mind Gem (Yellow) – Near-limitless psionic/psychic abilities including empathy, telepathy and telekinesis. This gem was in four movies, The Avengers, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. It’s embedded in Vision’s forehead.
These Infinity Gems/Stones were the focus of a six-issue comic book series published by Marvel Comics in 1991 called The Infinity Gauntlet.
Stan Lee invented comic book heroes Thor, Iron Man and The Hulk in the early 1960s. It was the year 1963 and although his young fan base hated war, as a challenge Lee based Iron Man on the eccentric billionaire and war profiteer Howard Hughes. It’s funny that he thought readers wouldn’t like Iron Man in the beginning because the series became an international hit.
The Iron Man movies have brought in more than $2 billion in box offices worldwide and the entire Marvel Universe (17 films to date) has generated more than $13 billion in total.