Throughout Marvel Studios’ Infinity Saga, Infinity Stones acted as MacGuffins for many MCU movies, such as Time Stone in Doctor StrangePower Stone i Guardians of the Galaxyand the Space Stone – or Tesseract – in The Avengers. Not only were all the stones integrated into Avengers: Infinity War and Playoffsbut they also created more than one new timeline in the MCU.
Although the Infinity Saga ended with Spider-Man: Far from homethe effects of the actions of the Stones – and the Avengers – are still unfolding in Phase 4 of the MCU, especially with regard to Multiverse.
To keep track of the different timelines and how they started, the Infinity Stones now serve as guide posts for the interconnected chronology of the MCU; and now one of Marvel’s social media accounts has shared a new resource to help with the confusion.
Marvel sends the official timeline for the soul stone
“These Infinity Stones each control an essential aspect of life. Space, Reality, Power, Soul, Mind … and Time.”
The official Instagram account for Marvel in the UK has published a timeline for the Soul Stones journey in MCU. Check out the following slides:
This timeline begins with the creation of the soul stone and the other infinity stones, just as Wong explained in Avengers: Infinity War. From there, the picture shows that the soul stone is placed on Vormir, followed by the red skull becoming its guardian due to his actions in Captain America: The First Avenger.
After the point where Gamora discovers the location of the stone, things get a little messy.
While Natasha Romanoff sacrifices herself in 2014 in the middle of Avengers: Endgame time theft, in an alternate timeline, Captain America returns the stone.
The timeline then shows the point where Thanos sacrifices Gamora, obtains the soul stone, and then snatches half of all life away. Still, it is important to remember that even though this happened in 2018, it is technically took place before the events of Playoffs and the sacrificial death of Nat.
This path ends when Thanos uses the stones to destroy the stones at the beginning of Playoffs.
The timeline, which began when Nat sacrificed himself, continues, however, leading up to the Hulk using the stones to reverse Thanos ‘snap in 2023. Caps’ timeline, in which he returns the stones, is also present.
Finally, after Hulk’s snap, the soul stone is used once again by Tony Stark in Playoffs to destroy Thanos and his army, all before being given to Captain America to be returned in 2014.
Meanwhile on a separate timeline? Reality? Universe? The visual shows an alternate version of Infinity Stones being used as TVA paperweights from Loki at Disney +.
The entire timeline can be seen below:
The lasting impact of the soul stone on the MCU
“To take the stone, you must lose what you love. A soul … for a soul.”
This is not the first time Marvel has shared an official timeline for one of its Infinity Stones. In the past, Marvel’s UK account has also released an official timeline for Power Stone, which made its MCU debut in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
What sets Soul Stone apart from Power Stone and the other Infinity Stones is that it did not appear on screen until 6 p.m. Avengers: Infinity Warwhere it was integrated into the film’s story, costing Gamora her life and emotionally crushing Thanos.
In fact, after Thanos’ snap, he was briefly sent into the red-toned Soulworld, where he admitted to young Gamora that his mission had cost him everything.
Since this particular stone was the cause of Gamora’s death, it’s likely to be revisited in some way in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, where Star-Lord is likely to search for Gamora from 2014.
It is also possible that all the other Infinity Stones can also be visited again. Not only did What if…? rely on the stones for its central episodes, but they can play a kind of role again in live-action, especially in the upcoming one Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness and season 2 of Loki at Disney +.