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The whole "bonding with a person" gimmick is more in line with the Soul Stone, not the Reality Stone. So why does the Aether have that certain characteristic? In fact, why does it empower the user at all?

The key question is: Why does the Reality Stone require a host?

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    It cannot be two things at once. ~> Any citation? – I Love You 3000 Apr 26 '17 at 0:00
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    I'm looking for a citation but I'm pretty sure Feige has claimed that we haven't seen the Soul Stone yet but we would see it in Phase 3. That rules out it being the Aether, which showed up in Phase 2. – KutuluMike Apr 27 '17 at 2:07
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    @DestinyDarren lets try to keep the comments civil. – KutuluMike Apr 27 '17 at 2:17
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    @KutuluMike Yeah. That makes sense. Phase 3. – I Love You 3000 Apr 27 '17 at 4:55
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    @ILoveYou in GotG, The Collector shows a "video" to Quill/Gamora that shows all 6 Infinity Stones on it, and the only one we haven't seen is the Orange one. Color alone doesn't really prove anything though -- the Mind Stone is yellow but Loki's Staff (it's container) was blue. – KutuluMike Apr 27 '17 at 11:42
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It's important to distinguish between the Infinity Stones, and the containers for the Infinity Stones. The Stones are too powerful for most mortal beings to hold, let alone use. In the MCU, this has led to people building "artifacts" around the Stones, which appears to let someone channel the Stone's power in a specific way. For example:

  • Loki's staff contained the Mind Stone.
  • The Tesseract Cube contains the Space Stone
  • The Orb containes the Power Stone.
  • The Eye of Agamatto contains the Time Stone.

Presumably, then, the Aether was merely the container for the Reality Stone. As the Stones are all-powerful, there's no reason to believe their containers can't take on whatever form they want, including the form of a gas/mist-like material. It's one of the properties of that container that it needs a host in order to access the power of the Stone inside it. Presumably, before the Reality Stone can be slotted into the Infinity Gauntlet, someone will need to get it back out of the Aether.

  • Power stone could also bind with "hosts", so I believe it's a normal thing... – I Love You 3000 Apr 26 '17 at 0:02
  • @ILoveYou Not in the MCU it hasn't. The Power Stone was only ever used inside the Cosmi-Rod, and that is not a living "host". marvelcinematicuniverse.wikia.com/wiki/Cosmi-Rod – user71772 Apr 26 '17 at 22:06
  • @DestinyDarren Did you watch the last scene of Guardians of the Galaxy in which Starlord and his friends possessed the power stone? – I Love You 3000 Apr 27 '17 at 0:41
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    I think there's a difference between the Aether completely "binding" to it's host, vs. someone "wielding" the Power Stone. – KutuluMike Apr 27 '17 at 2:08
  • Thank you, KutuluMike. That's exactly what I'm saying. The Aether requires a host, but the Power Stone is merely optional. – user71772 Apr 27 '17 at 2:11

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