I have often marveled (pardon the pun) about how objects that have such amazing powers like the Infinity Gems individually and collectively manage to evade being found by people with cosmic awareness, psychic powers, superior senses and highly advanced technology?

Infinity Gems

Each of these gems allow people to use powers that can potentially alter reality, yet none of them have any kind of energy signature, radiation profile, space-time disruption wake? Even in the current Marvel Universe Earth #616, all of the Infinity Gems are held by metahumans ON EARTH.

How did Thanos ever manage to find them in the first place to create the Infinity Gauntlet? Yes, he did know where the Soul Gem was when he and Warlock worked together.

  • But how did he even know the others existed?
  • Who told him? Or did he just deduce their existence somehow?
  • And how did he find them in the entire wide Universe of places they could be?
  • Did he have an Infinity Gem detector (a la Dragonball radar)?
  • Is there an Infinity Gem carrying case that makes them unable to be detected?
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    Perhaps they use their own powers to hide from searchers. – Oldcat Jul 16 '14 at 18:56
  • Actually, Thanos and Warlock don't work together until after Thanos had already acquired and subsequently lost the Infinity Gauntlet. – Raj Feb 5 at 14:37
  • Is it just me, or are the colors completely wrong in the graphic above? Did Disney/Marvel change the color/function combination for their MCU, or is the graphic above just plain wrong? – MissouriSpartan Feb 5 at 15:34
  • MCU used difference colours that in comics. Space: blue, Mind: yellow, Reality: red, Power: purple, Time: green and Soul: orange. – Oni Feb 5 at 17:35

I can't speak to whether or not the Gems are detectable by other means, but I know Thanos in particular managed to discover their existence and who had them by using Death's Infinity Well shortly after he was resurrected (Rebirth of Thanos story arc). The well has unlimited knowledge and thus can answer any and all questions asked of it. Once he knew who possessed them, he tracked each owner down and cunningly tricked them out of their Gems in The Thanos' Quest.


I'm not sure of the exact issue but I think the second story arc in the heroic age Avengers run the Red Hood uses a detector to find the Reality Stone left behind hidden in the walls of Attilan before Black Bolt died. When Tony Stark finds the detector he mentions that it's a combination of different organizations secret technology. This would make your question even more of a stumper as it seems the gems are traceable with technology so certainly a cosmic being or psychic would be able to locate them.

  • This sort of answers the question but doesn’t at the same time, could you edit it to be more focused – TheLethalCarrot Feb 4 at 22:12

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