Who has wielded all 6 Infinity Stones?
This brilliant Infinity Stones theory fixes the weirdest part of Eternals
With the Celestials looking unstoppable, one element of the Marvel Universe could be crucial to putting them in their place.
by Dais Johnston
Dec. 8, 2021
There are a few cardinal rules of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No one’s dead until you see a body, any planning scene must end with a joke, and every villain has an equal and opposite hero. In Thanos’ case, his opposing force was the entirety of the Avengers.
But then, the Celestials were introduced. As giant creatures who control the makeup of the universe, it’s hard to imagine a being that could threaten them. Even the Eternals were only able to thwart part of their plan. So, what force can conquer the Celestials? The answer may be the most famous weapon in the MCU.
According to an idea proposed by prolific MCU theorist TheMediocreCritic, the Infinity Stones were created to hold the Celestials at bay. It sounds wild at first, but upon examination of the evidence it begins to make a lot of sense. Take the first line of Eternals: “Before the six singularities and the dawn of creation came the Celestials.” Why mention the creation of the Infinity Stones before introducing characters who have nothing to do with them?
The Celestials doing Celestial stuff in Eternals.
If the Infinity Stones were created to limit the Celestials’ power, it explains the weirdest part of Eternals. Why, in the millennia we see the film cover, did it take until 2024 for the Celestials to make themselves known? We know their “emergence” was delayed because of the Blip, and maybe Thanos wielding all the Infinity Stones scared Arishem off. But now that the Infinity Stones are destroyed, there’s nothing stopping the Celestials from re-inserting themselves as the controllers of the universe.
So with the Stones gone, who will rise up and stand against the Celestials? The answer is obvious: the Avengers. Each hero was influenced by the Infinity Stones in one way or another, and now the MCU world has grown to the point where many of its heroes are more powerful than the Infinity Gauntlet. If the Eternals could stop the birth of a new Celestial, maybe the Eternals and the rest of the heroes combined could face off against a grown one.
Thanos with the mighty Infinity Stones.
The creation of the Marvel universe (the actual one, not the cinematic one) is a shady business. The Infinity Stones were canonically created by the Cosmic Entities, but little is known about the creation of the Celestials. Maybe the Cosmic Entities created the Celestials, then created the Infinity Stones as a way for others in the universe to keep them in check.
With Phase 4 of the MCU speeding up, maybe the Celestials will emerge as the intergalactic threat that will need more cooperation than it took to defeat Thanos. Before, a bunch of Avengers faced off against an Eternal. Now it will take a number of Eternals and every superhero that can be assembled to face off against a Celestial.
Eternals is now playing in theaters.
Who Is Adam Warlock and How Does the Cosmic Hero Fit Into the MCU?
Doctor Strange may have the word “strange” as part of his name, but almost no superhero in the Marvel Universe is truly as strange as Adam Warlock. But who is Adam Warlock, really? He’s an immensely powerful cosmic being and a longtime enemy of Thanos. Adam Warlock has even wielded all the Infinity Stones at once (called Infinity Gems in the comics). So he’s a major player. And on top of this, Marvel’s Adam Warlock finally made his MCU debut in a big, bad way in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But now that he has emerged from his alien cocoon, here are the most important things to know about Marvel’s cosmic messianic hero. Who is Adam Warlock? Let’s find out.
Adam Warlock’s Origin Story: Simply “Him”
Few Marvel Comics heroes have a stranger origin or a stranger series of adventures than Adam Warlock. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him in the pages of Fantastic Four back in 1967. He had no name at first, only referred to as “Him.” Adam Warlock’s first stage of Marvel existence came when a villainous group of scientists bent on world domination, known as the Enclave, used all their scientific know-how to create the perfect artificial being.
The Enclave succeeded, making a perfectly built humanoid man with golden skin. The soon-to-be Adam Warlock emerged from his birthing pod with incredible strength, telepathy, and energy manipulation powers. But because of his telepathy, he could sense that his creators had nefarious plans for the world. Disgusted with them, he destroyed their laboratory and departed for the stars.
Becoming Adam Warlock in Marvel Comics
After a brief tussle with Thor, “Him” encased himself into a healing cocoon. He emerged from this state when he met the being known as the High Evolutionary. During this time, the High Evolutionary had created a duplicate of Earth 616, which revolved around the sun in the opposite direction. This “Counter-Earth” didn’t have superhero protectors of its own, so the High Evolutionary entrusted “Him” with the Soul Gem. And thus, a new superhero was born.
Possession of the gem allowed him to capture the souls of living beings. The High Evolutionary gave him the name “Warlock,” and a group of kids gave him the first name “Adam.” And together, the High Evolutionary and the latter unexpected source birthed Adam Warlock. This huge revamp of the character was because of the creative team of Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, who took the blank slate of “Him” and gave him his own comic series. And in interviews over the years, Thomas has admitted that inspiration for Marvel Comics’ Adam Warlock came from the (at the time) new musical, Jesus Christ Superstar.
Adam Warlock vs. Thanos: Round One
Eventually leaving Counter-Earth and the High Evolutionary behind, Adam Warlock travels into Marvel Comics’ cosmos. There, he crosses paths with the Universal Church of Truth, an intergalactic cult led by a madman called Magus. To stop Magus, Adam Warlock forges an alliance with the Mad Titan Thanos and his daughter Gamora. (You’ve probably heard of them). But then Adam Warlock learns the ugly truth. He himself is Magus but from the future—a version of himself driven mad by overuse of the Soul Gem. Adam Warlock beats Magus but then turns against Thanos when he discovers the other five Infinity Gems.
Adam Warlock defeats Thanos by turning him to stone. This does seem to indicate that Marvel’s Adam Warlock is stronger than Thanos in some ways… At least in Marvel Comics. After Warlock bests Thanos, his consciousness finds a new home in the Soulworld, which exists in the Soul Stone.
Adam Warlock’s History with Infinity Gauntlets, Infinity Wars, and the Infinity Watch
Thanos eventually finds a path toward resurrection and gathers all the Infinity Gems together. He plans to erase half of life in the universe. Sound familiar? That’s because The Infinity Gauntlet event series was the basis for the MCU’s “Infinity Saga.” (The “Infinity Saga” are the first 23 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) Although Adam Warlock was not present in the MCU version of events.
In the comics, Adam Warlock leaves the Soulworld along with Gamora, who was also trapped there, essentially resurrecting themselves. With Earth’s heroes in tow, they defeat Thanos, just like in the MCU. Instead of the gems being destroyed like in the MCU, however, Adam Warlock splits them up in the Marvel Comics’ version of the story. Adam Warlock gives one gem out to several different individuals while keeping the Soul Gem for himself. This group became known as The Infinity Watch.
To best host the Soul Gem, Adam Warlock purges himself of all emotion, becoming a creature of pure logic. He comes like Spock from Star Trek, only with gold skin like Data from The Next Generation. Additionally, like Spock and Data, Adam Warlock is also a logic-based character who falls on the side of good in Marvel Comics. So, unless, James Gunn throws a curveball our way, or Adam Warlock appears first as Magus, it seems unlikely he will join the MCU as a villain.
It is interesting to note that Warlock’s “good” and “bad” emotions go on to form their own beings, which Warlock later has to fight. Perhaps we may see these inter-Adam Warlock battles appear somewhere in the MCU.
Terrible Cosmic Abilities, Itty Bitty Living Space: Adam Warlock’s Powers
Despite living for years within the world contained in the tiny Soul Gem, Adam Warlock retained all of his powers. And his powers are formidable, to say the least. Adam Warlock has superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, not to mention he can also manipulate cosmic power for energy projection. In addition, he can fly, and he can regenerate himself by encasing himself in cocoons similar to the one which birthed him.
Essentially immortal, with each Marvel Comics resurrection, Adam Warlock only gets stronger. But the perks don’t end there. He also has accessed “quantum magic,” which is good since his name is “Warlock,” after all. He can create force fields, travel faster than light, and even create wormholes in space. And not only does Adam Warlock have the power to resurrect himself, but he’s resurrected others in the past. Adam Warlock isn’t omnipotent on the level of the Celestials, but he’s in their ballpark.
Adam Warlock and Thanos: Brothers?
Adam Warlock, due to his connection to the Soul Gem, is Marvel’s Avatar of Life. Meanwhile, Thanos is the Avatar of Death. So, in a manner of speaking, they are spiritual siblings or different sides of the same coin. This leads fans to speculate about whether they are brothers. But are Adam Warlock and Thanos siblings? No, not exactly. But they have a unique bond. And that causes Adam Warlock and Thanos to be both enemy and ally.
Although they fought against each other many times, together they defeated Annihilus and other cosmic threats. And despite ruining Thanos’ plans with the Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock still trusted him with the Power Gem when he split up the rest of the remaining gems. We look forward to seeing what kind of relationship, if any, Adam Warlock will have with Thanos in the MCU.
So Why Hasn’t Adam Warlock Been in the MCU Until Now?
Adam Warlock has appeared in animated form before, first in the animated film Planet Hulk and then in shows like Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Guardians of the Galaxy. But despite these appearances and his comic book history, Adam Warlock hasn’t surfaced in the MCU yet. Given Adam Warlock’s importance to the whole Infinity Gauntlet saga and all its various comic spinoffs, it’s not clear why he didn’t feature in the MCU’s Infinity Saga. The entire concept of the Infinity Stones comes from Adam Warlock comics, after all.
At the end of the day, only Kevin Feige knows for sure why Adam Warlock never appeared in the MCU’s Infinity Saga. It’s possible Marvel wanted the focus solely on the main Avengers team. Marvel teased the character in both Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, where his cocoon was shown. But it was the post-credits tag to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that showed that Adam Warlock was finally coming into the MCU. Only this time, Adam Warlock is created by the alien Sovereign, not Earth scientists. Finally, Marvel announced they cast Will Poulter as Adam Warlock. The studio announced that Warlock would finally be joining the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and His MCU Future
The MCU reworked Adam’s origins, as we learned that the High Evolutionary actually created the Sovereign race, making Adam Warlock an indirect product of his expertise in genetics. He was a newborn being of immense power, tasked with bringing Rocket back to his master. He mowed through the Guardians on Knowhere, showing off his true potential.
Adam eventually turns on the High Evolutionary and helps the Guardians, even saving Star-Lord’s life. By the end of the film, he joins Rocket’s new Guardians team, heading towards a path of heroism. All of this is a truncated version of his comic book relationship with the Evolutionary, where he served him and ultimately left him behind. Only his connection to the Infinity Stones is totally left out of his MCU counterpart.
One thing is for sure. Whether it’s in a movie or as part of a Disney+ series, without a doubt, Adam Warlock will have a big role in the MCU going forward. As Gunn teases, “I wanted somebody who was youthful, and I wanted the person who had the dramatic chops and the comedic chops, not only for this movie but for what Marvel will use Adam Warlock for in the future… He could become this really important character.”
Originally published on November 8, 2021.
MCU Characters Who Wielded An Infinity Stone (Besides Thanos)
Although Thanos was the first to wield all the six Infinity Stones, several other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also wielded them at some point. According to the Marvel comics and as shown in the MCU, there are six Infinity Stones. All of these gem-type stones have different roles designated to each one of them. The first stone, Space Stone, appeared in the film Captain America: The First Avenger. The second stone is Power Stone, followed by Reality Stone, Soul Stone, Mind Stone, and Time Stone.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe focused on the unlimited powers of the Infinity Stones and the Avengers trying to protect the universe from the adverse effects they can cause when used together. The Infinity Stones were wielded by many other characters in the MCU before Thanos finally gathered them all. Here we will discuss some of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have wielded an Infinity Stone before Thanos.
Johann Schmidt was the first person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to hold the Space Stone. He is often known as Red Skull. In the film, Avengers: Infinity War, the stone transported Red Skull to Vormir. The Space Stone was kept in the vault of Odin, the king of Asgard, and the father of Thor. The Space Stone is also known as the Tesseract.
Tom Hiddleston has played the role of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the film Thor: Ragnarok, Loki stole the Tesseract when Asgard was burning to the ground after failing to retrieve it for Thanos. Unlike the Red Skull, Loki handled the Space Stone with his bare hands because of his godly nature. In the film, Avengers: Infinity War, Loki surrendered the Space Stone/Tesseract to Thanos.
Natalie Portman is playing the role of Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the film Thor: The Dark World, Jane Foster was dragged into Aether because of the Reality Stone. As she is playing the character of a scientist, she discovered a portal to the hidden location of the Aether, but it selected her body as a host and seeped into her body. However, the Aether was protecting her from all harms, but it was not good for her health as well. Thor took her to Asgard and tried to remove the Aether, but Malekith drained it from her body.
The Guardians of the Galaxy
Star-Lord leaped toward the Power Stone and caught it in front of Ronan. Later, Star-Lord fell to the ground and suffered the intensity of the Power Stone. Even after this, he was able to stand up because Gamora was also holding his hand so that they could resist its intensity together. According to the comic, the Celestial heritage of Star-Lord was derived from his father, Ego, who allowed him to hold an Infinity Stone and manipulate its power.
Vision’s body was taken to the Stark Tower, where Thor pushed a lot to make Vision come to life. The Mind Stone was one of the Infinity Stones, which was embedded on the forehead of Vision. The vision became one of the strongest characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the power of Thor, Mind Stone on his forehead, and knowledge of JARVIS and Ultron.
In the film, Avengers: Endgame, Bruce Banner/Hulk finally achieved what he wanted for years. The gamma radiation of his body allowed him to use all the six Infinity Stones to bring back all the superheroes Thanos turned into dust. During this process, Hulk had to sacrifice his arm.
Robert Downey Jr. has played the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tony was a great character and always wanted to save other’s lives even without caring for his own. He wanted to face his biggest fears and put his life on the line to save the universe from Thanos. He always wanted to sacrifice his life for some good cause. Tony stole all the Infinity Stones from Thanos and made a final snap to save the universe. He knew already that it was going to be his last heroic act in the MCU.
After discussing several characters that have wielded an Infinity Stone, we have concluded that Thanos was not the only character to wield all the six Infinity Stones. There were characters like Hulk and Iron Man, who also wielded all the six Infinity Stones.
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