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The Soul Gem has been an enigma for almost all of the history of the MCU. It's barely even been mentioned, much less seen, until it finally made an appearance in Infinity War. However, since it was one of the last Stones to make an appearance in the movie, it's hard to tell what specific powers it has.

Based on the events surrounding its procurement, I would assume it has powers over life and death themselves. Specifics would be nice, though.

I prefer some sources from the Avengers movies themselves, but comic references work too.

  • Hmm strange conclusion you've reached. You state knowledge that the movies tell us nothing about it, but then ask for specifics from the movie. – Edlothiad May 14 '18 at 19:52
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    @Edlothiad I'm only human, I might have missed something. :) Plus I haven't seen everything in the MCU yet, there might be a reference somewhere there. – Mage Xy May 14 '18 at 19:53
  • You didn't, there isn't. As unfortunate as that may be. You will likely have to wait until A4 for an answer, although I'm sure some speculation will appear at some point. – Edlothiad May 14 '18 at 19:54
  • If interested in comics, Soul Gem is most interesting Infinity Gem. It has a pocket dimension from which Adam Warlock "hacked" the Infinity Gauntlet. – I Love You 3000 Jun 23 '18 at 21:47
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As Eldothiad says, from the MCU perspective, the Soul gem (or Soul stone) will most likely be explored again in the Avengers-4 Untitled movie next year.


However, as you are open to comic book answers too, here's what the official Marvel page official Marvel-wiki says about the Soul gem:

The Soul Gem has the vampiric ability to absorb souls, project concussive blast of force, devolve living organisms, telepathy and shape shifting abilities.

Additionally, the Soul gem has a pocket dimension called Soul World which is used to trap souls.

This has been shown in the six issue miniseries Infinity Gauntlet, when the Silver Surfer is explaining to Doctor Strange about how he crashed into the Sanctum. The Surfer talks about the Soul World and the ability to "steal the spiritual essence" from a living being.

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  • Be aware, as Valorum and I discovered elsewhere, the "marvel.com" wiki is mostly fan-written, it does however seem to be checked by employees of Marvel but how canonical it is is questionable. – Edlothiad May 15 '18 at 6:46
  • @Edlothiad oh damn :( it clearly said marvel.com so i assumed it was an official site, not a fan-wiki. anyways, I will make the changes in the answer. – Shreedhar May 15 '18 at 6:48
  • It's fine to source, as it is checked and corrected b employees of marvel, imo. I've used it many times as canonical, but it may differ to the comics. – Edlothiad May 15 '18 at 6:51
  • Sounds fair enough. I will keep that in mind henceforth :) – Shreedhar May 15 '18 at 6:53
  • "Additionally, the Soul gem has a pocket dimension called Soul World which is used to trap souls." So ... Marvel's version of Shadow Realm? – Acccumulation May 15 '18 at 15:25
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Well, luckily it's clearly and easily explained to the viewer [through Stark] in the movie itself.

Every stone represents and controls a specific aspect of existence; the only thing we are never informed is if each gem is named after what they control or not, but given that we already seen the reality gem altering reality, the time gem rewinding time, and the space gem allowing teleportation, I'd feel confident to bet that the power of the soul gem is to control souls.

This is as far as the movie go; incidentally it is 100% coherent with the comics, so we could stretch it out a little and steal some info from the official Marvel wiki:

The Soul Gem has the vampiric ability to absorb souls, project concussive blast of force, devolve living organisms, telepathy and shape shifting abilities.

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