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Especially in light of the events in and leading up to Avengers: Infinity War,

where we know that in the very least two Infinity Stones are on Earth and one was on Earth in the past

and the fact that all the main good guys are from Earth or have a ties to Earth (Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy via Peter Quill)

Is there an in-universe reason that Earth is somehow special or unique?

Or do we just fall back on the out-of-universe explanation (we Earthlings think we're the center of the universe and we relate to stories about us).


Related: Why has the large galactic community not really interacted with Earth?

  • Perhaps it has something to do with the relationship between Earth and Asgard? – Harry Johnston May 8 '18 at 4:29
  • Also anyone find it strange how some chump from earth (Stephen strange) a 'backwards planet' can absolutely pwn loki a god who does indeed know magic, like that's weird right? – Ummdustry May 23 '18 at 16:59
  • @HarryJohnston - That was my thinking. Earth has a major portal connecting it to Asgard. Asgard is important, hence Earth is important by reflected light – Valorum May 26 '18 at 19:02
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    It's where we keep all of our stuff. – J Doe Jun 20 at 18:12
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When the MCU began there was only the Time Stone and the Space Stone on Earth, while all other stones were spread across the universe, or at least they were before some powerful beings began gathering them.

Thanos saw Earth as especially important due to it having multiple stones, so he gave Loki the Mind Stone for his invasion of Earth in The Avengers. After Loki lost, the Mind Stone was left on Earth, while the Space Stone was taken to Asgard, therefore there were still two stones there for some time. This is why Thanos seeks out the other off-Earth stones first, so that he is formidable enough to fight for the remaining Earth stones.

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    Just to be clear, I'm not asking exclusively about the Stones because it seems Earth is unique for other reasons (i.e. the preponderance of "superheroes" from there vs. other planets -- e.g. Quill, Stark, Banner, Parker, Rogers, Strange) One might be able to tie them to each other or to the Stones, but it sure doesn't look like that's a sufficient explanation in all cases. – ThePopMachine May 7 '18 at 16:42
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    “When the mcu begins there is only the time stone on earth” — weeeeell, in Captain America: The First Avenger, we see that the Space Stone was on earth, in Norway (within the Tesseract) in 1942, and presumably for a fair number of years before that. Loki doesn’t get to the Tesseract until Avengers, and Thor takes it back to Asgard after that. “After Loki lost the mind stone was left on earth therefore there was three stones there for some time” — nope, Thor pretty promptly took the Space Stone back to Asgard. So just the two stones (Mind and Time) there for a while. – Paul D. Waite May 7 '18 at 17:39
  • Paul, yes you are correct. That was an oversight – Kerrin631 May 7 '18 at 17:50
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    @ThePopMachine, I would assume there are plenty of other superheroes out there, but because they had no connection to Earth they never found out what Thanos was up to in time to help. Granted, the fact that the Guardians just happened to run into Thor seems to stretch coincidence, but I'm sure we could come up with an excuse if we tried - for example, perhaps Peter's dormant Celestial powers aren't quite as dormant as we thought. :-) – Harry Johnston May 7 '18 at 21:21
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    @HarryJohnston: “the fact that the Guardians just happened to run into Thor seems to stretch coincidence” — they didn’t just happen to run into him. They picked up the Asgardian distress signal, and followed it in hope of getting paid for a rescue. Stuff like that is, apparently, what they do. – Paul D. Waite May 7 '18 at 23:09
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Well it's part of the Nine Realms for one, and known as Midgard to the Asgardians. The Ice Giants once invaded Midgard (via Norway, at the future site of New Asgard), but were repelled by the forces of Odin. The humans developed religions around the Asgardians as a result. Odin evidently spent some time there, evidenced both by his fondness for it leading him to seek it out as his place of death, and the fact that the Tesseract was left there, looked after by a Cult of Odin for centuries (until it was taken by Red Skull). Midgard is even at the orbital center of the Nine Realms! So in some sense it's only to be expected that it would seem to be the center of the Universe, as it is somewhat literally the center of the cosmic nimbus of Yggdrasil.

Peter Quill was the result of Ego breeding with literally anything that moved throughout the universe. Whether this means that humans were particularly compatible with him genetically or just means that Peter was the lucky lotto winner is unspecified.

So that's most of your connections. Most of the rest seem to be because the Earth, while connected to the Nine Realms, was actually somewhat isolated as well as largely undeveloped and technologically unsophisticated (relative to gate and star traveling species). This makes it a convenient hiding place, such as for Mar Vell, as it otherwise seems unremarkable and out of the way.

There doesn't seem to be any particular reason why the sorcerers seem to operate off of Earth. But there is a known alien sorcerer, suggesting that other planets may also have their own variants of the organization Strange is a part of. Then they're only special for having the time stone. This was there since the time of Agamotto, thousands of years ago. Assuming he had a similar travel ability as provided by the sling rings then he might have encountered the time stone in some other location, and found it through concerted efforts and great skill.

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TLDR

  • Earth is special!
  • Out of universe - Too help the audience connect with the stories
  • In universe - For "reasons" identified by the writers
  • Aliens have made Earth Special...
  • BUT we have also made ourselves special!

I don't pretend to know everything about the Marvel universe, but I will make some key points I think come into play:

I think really it comes to the point of writer's making Earth special - tying in our planet to help the audience connect. This makes us all think that we matter and that our planet really has the potential for great things and that great things can happen here at any moment...

Though in universe it does seem aliens like our planet for "reasons"... most of which are coincidental and "forced/fabricated" by the writers.

  • Peter's dad (Came here cause human women are attractive...)
  • Thor (Came here cause he liked it... and cause human women are attractive...)
  • Kree (Created the Inhumans while doing their own science stuff and stashed them on Earth)
  • Vishanti (Involved with the mystical arts aspect of Earth; though I'm not sure to what extent...)
  • Mephisto (Created Ghost Rider; not sure where he really comes from...)
  • ETC... (I am sure there are obvious ones I am missing)

That being said, Marvel is also keyed to our genetic and scientific advancements. So Earth is also special because we are really coming into our own and putting our planet on the interstellar map.

Quickly first, (cause its "less" our fault) our genetics have started to unlock themselves creating mutants, such as the X-Men. So our own genetics are advancing making humanity special.

More importantly however, our scientific processes have advanced enough that we can create our own special stuff.Through technological knowledge we have created Black Panther, using space rocks sure, but we still did that.

But then there are the pure intellectual breakthroughs we have made such as Iron Man, Ant-Man, etc. With science we created Captain America and then we tried to replicate that with Hulk and etc. With our scientific achievements we have also opened the possibility to force our genetics to unlock, such as Deadpool. AND we have also accidentally put ourselves on the map with heroes like Anti-Man and Spiderman... go human error!

Of course, Earth is not the center of all things. The universe existed without us and our breakthroughs. Wars were waged, advancements made, heroes lived and died... but our introduction on a "galactic" stage is not purely an "accident."

True that aliens have helped put us on the map, but we would have gotten there eventually. Also, the fact that we have made it "out there" despite not being ready for it shows the potential we have and what we can accomplish. I think Iron Man going toe to toe with Thor when they first met was an important point. Despite our "tiny" frames we had advanced enough that we could hold our own with a "god."

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