Marvel is looking to continue its string of comic book movie hits in August with Guardians of the Galaxy, which will feature a space-faring band of misfits on a quest to… well, guard the galaxy. But is Guardians just the first big step toward a massive crossover featuring the Avengers, Thanos, and the Infinity Gauntlet?
Wait. Infinity what now?
If you’ve been paying attention to the Marvel movies like we have, you’ve probably noticed the appearance of a number of curious artifacts that have varying degrees of impact on each movie’s story:
- The Tesseract popped up in the first Thor movie, as well as Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers. It was also mentioned in Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World.
- Thor: The Dark World also featured another mysterious artifact, the Aether. That film’s post-credits scene saw the Aether being handed over to The Collector for safe keeping, with a character saying that the Tesseract was already on Asgard and that it would be unwise to keep two Infinity Stones in the same location.
- Now, with the Guardians of the Galaxy preview having having come and gone, there has been confirmation that another Infinity Stone shows up in that film.
Infinity Stones, Infinity Gems: Just what are they, and why do they matter?