In the Marvel Cinematic Universe we know that no regular mortal can use the Infinity Stones and survive. This is indicated in Guardians of the Galaxy and was discussed here.

Wikipedia states however,

Whoever holds all six Gems and uses them in concert gains omnipotence and omniscience.

Omnipotence implies not dying.

So what would happen if a human used all six Stones at once? Would he die from the effort, or would the Stones granted powers save him?

(I am asking about how the Stones' powers work - do the Stones' effects take place first, thus granting omnipotence before the user will die, or does the energy drain take place first killing the user? - and thus I believe this answer to be answerable from canon and not merely an opinion based 'what will happen'.)

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    They'd explode. That explosion would win Oscars for VFX
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 12:44
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    Define "regular mortal". Dr Strange has learned mystic arts, but is an other wise normal human. He wields the Time Stone in the MCU.
    – phantom42
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 13:02
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    In the comics, Cap, Tony, Nick Fury, Reed Richards, Dr Doom and some others have all wielded all of the gems, if only briefly via the Infinity Gauntlet.
    – phantom42
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 13:06
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    Also, are you asking about the stones (MCU) or gems (comics)? You've got the MCU tag, but refer to the "gems". The answer may differ slightly between versions.
    – phantom42
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 13:09
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    Gaining omnipotence requires using them. If a mortal cannot use them and survive, then they cannot gain omnipotence from them to survive using it in the first place. Otherwise there's no point in saying regular mortals can't use them. A wayward fly could otherwise gain god-like powers just from landing on the thing.
    – Mwr247
    Commented Apr 17, 2018 at 14:44

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There’re divergences between the MCU and comics regarding restrictions on the Infinity Stones.

Specifically, the restriction for humans not able to use it does not exists in Marvel Comics. The human character and villain The Hood manages to use 3 of them without any specific consequences over a sustained period of time.

While in Ryker's Island, Hood befriended an Inhuman named Ertzia and learns the location of one of the Infinity Gems. Once out Parker Robbins hires several people to take him to the former location of the Inhuman secret city, Attilan. After eliminating them, he locates the Reality Gem. Some time before, the six Illuminati locate the Gems and each member takes possession of one to make sure they would never again fall into the wrong hands. But Black Bolt is dead, and the royal family did not know about the gem he had hidden when they moved the Inhumans off of Earth, thus it was left unguarded. Using the Reality Gem, the Hood swiftly uses it to steal the Power Gem from Reed Richards. His quest next takes him into conflict with the Red Hulk and the Avengers.[57] Hood later targets the other Illuminati members for the other Infinity Gems.[58] At a later point in time, Robbins uses the Reality Gem to heal Madame Masque's face.[59] The Hood uses the red (Power) and yellow (Reality) gems to steal the purple (Space) gem from Iron Man,

So in comics the answer is a human can wield the 6 Gems. In the MCU given the shown events with just 1 Stone, it is very likely the human would be consumed before actually becoming omnipotent.

It’s not clear gathering the 6 Gems makes you omnipotent, more likely just very powerful. From Wikipedia (bold mine).

Thanos becomes nearly omnipotent, and challenges the Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer,

This is further indicated by the fact that The Living Tribunal is able to decree that the gems can’t be used in unison (which contradicts the being with all 6 being omnipotent).


This will later come in place when Captain America tries to use them and even though he destroyed another universe, the gems were scattered and destroyed (something that would simply not happen if you are omnipotent).

Captain America uses the Infinity Gauntlet to push the other universe back, but because of the decree that the Gems cannot be used in unison, the Gems shatter, except for the Time Gem which vanishes

  • Great answer, but the main thrust of the question was 'Is there a loophole' which wasnt really addressed.
    – TheAsh
    Commented Apr 19, 2018 at 12:17
  • Just as a comment. The actual quote from Wikipedia is wrong for all we know. See edited answer with a quote from (also) Wikipedia. Commented Apr 20, 2018 at 19:29

Following the events of Avengers: Endgame we have 3 examples of users wielding all 6 Infinity Stones, either through the Infinity Gauntlet or the Nano Gauntlet. First we see Thanos who is strong enough, with the Gauntlet, to take all of them at once. However, he isn't human or even a normal Titan so is somewhat ruled out by the premise of your question. Even so after he uses all the Stones at once, for the Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, and to destroy them in Avengers: Endgame, he takes a lot of damage to his left arm and the left side of his body in general.

We then see Smart Hulk, use them to reverse the effects of the Snap with the Nano Gauntlet. Not sure if he would count under "normal mortal" or not. Even so the effect is very strong on him and he struggles to reverse the Snap (though this may be because he was trying to save Nat too).

After the fact his arm is in a sling and the damage to it is irreparable.

Hulk's arm in a sling at the funeral

The last example we have is of Tony Stark, Iron Man, who uses a gauntlet built into his suit via nanotech to Snap and dust Thanos, his Children and his armies. Because of the effects of the Snap he dies as a result.

It's worth noting though that most of the effects here come from the actions of using all of the Stones at once and not simply wearing them. Whilst there is an initial power surge, should they overcome that, as Thanos and Tony did, and Smart Hulk would have done if not for the earlier caveat, it would seem like they should be able to possess all 6 at once. However, should they use them all then the Stones will take a massive toll on them.


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