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Who are the current owners of the Infinity Stones in the MCU before the beginning of Infinity War?

The Infinity Stones have changed hands various times over the history of the MCU, some more than others. (click all images to embiggen) These are the current and previous owners: (source film in ...
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Who owns the Infinity Stones and where did they come from?

The MCU answer The Infinity Stones formed naturally, from "singularities" that were present at the beginning of the universe. From the Guardians of the Galaxy transcript: The Collector: Oh, my ...
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From which individuals did Thanos confiscate Infinity Gems?

He took the gems primarily from the Elders of the Universe. The Elders of the Universe are intergalactic senior citizens, some billions of years old, of now defunct civilizations who pass their time ...
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How did HYDRA get hold of Loki's scepter?

This is explained in the Age of Ultron prelude comic, The Sceptre’d Isle. SHIELD had recovered the sceptre from Stark Tower, and are studying it a la Tesseract. (Indeed, one of their scientists makes ...
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From which individuals did Thanos confiscate Infinity Gems?

The Elders of the Universe, mostly. The story Thanos Quest documents Thanos' acquisition of all the gems, and who he got them from. Soul Gem - The In-Betweener (not an Elder) Power Gem - Champion of ...
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Is Aether really an Infinity Stone?

From the mid-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World, just before handing The Collector the Aether, one of the Asgardians says: The Collector: Of course. But if I may ask, why not keep it secure in ...
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Why did Dr. Strange give the Time Stone to Thanos?

Because Doctor Strange saw the futures. The Russo Brothers were asked about this in Iowa City High School Q&A they did this spring. The original, famous Reddit recap simply related When asked why ...
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Why did Thanos choose the mechanism that he did?

I think what happened was that Thanos landed on Knowhere, destroyed the planet and then used the Reality Stone to make it look empty but not destroyed for when the Guardians of the Galaxy came. So ...
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Is "Infinity Stones making the name of Thanos" true?

I can't imagine this to be true. If they happen to make the remaining gems fit into this strange anagram, it will be a coincidence, nothing more. Worse, if it's true, it is a sign of the laziest ...
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Who are the current owners of the Infinity Stones in the MCU before the beginning of Infinity War?

Space Stone Last seen in Thor: Ragnarok on Asgard inside the vaults. However, as pointed out in this answer it is likely that Loki stole it before the destruction of Asgard. Mind Stone Last seen ...
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Can the Infinity Stones be destroyed?

That would very much depend on how you define “destroy”. Thanos in Avengers: Endgame reduces the Infinity Stones to atoms by using their power against themselves. Natasha Romanoff: Where are the ...
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Why did the Avengers not travel back in time to right before the Snap?

Let’s go through all of your points: This isn’t much of an advantage, they know where all of the Stones are at various points anyway when they are less guarded and so easier to take. As per the ...
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Is the gem in Loki's staff an Infinity Stone?

Updated with new information from Age of Ultron; see below. I’ve left my original answer intact for people who haven’t seen the film yet, and who don’t want to be spoiled. Signs point to Yes A Marvel ...
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Did Thanos use the full power of the Power Stone to punch Captain Marvel in "Avengers: Endgame"?

Maybe, but we don't really know, there's no real detail to these things. What do you determine as the "full power"? For example, with the Reality Stone, is the full power changing all of ...
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Wouldn't reality have been destroyed at the beginning of "Endgame"?

The Sorcerer Supreme says that removing the Stones is what causes the flow of time (and reality) to behave oddly. SS: The Infinity Stones create what you experience as the flow of time. Remove one of ...
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Why wasn't the Black Widow destroyed by the four Infinity Stones she held in Widow’s Run?

Although this series was inspired by the first MCU Avengers film, it isn't set within the MCU. Instead, it's apparently set in the same universe as the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, which was ...
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What is required to wield an infinity gem?

The premise that a normal human could not effectively wield an Infinity Gem is not unique to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the MCU shows the gems having catastrophic effects on anyone ...
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Why was this item left relatively unguarded on a barren planet?

It is impossible to determine why the Infinity Stone was found on the abandoned world Star-Lord picks it up from. Finding lost or forgotten Infinity gems has a precedence in the canon Marvel Universe. ...
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Has Marvel commented on the extra Infinity Gauntlet?

@afiqtobi9 is right about this. In the Age of Ultron end credits, it’s a left hand glove: But it’s a right hand glove in Thor: It’s even confirmed by Kevin Feige (from cinemablend.com): "There ...
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Can the Infinity Stones be destroyed?

If Thanos was unable to destroy them when he had the power of all of them available, then there isn't likely any greater power available in the universe to destroy them. Note that according to the ...
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If the Tesseract is the space stone, does that mean that any weapon using that power transports people through space?

The Tesseract is the Space Stone, and as such enables instantaneous transportation to anywhere in space, provided one understands how it works. It is also an excellent power source. Red Skull's ...
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How did Thor in Infinity War know that the Time Stone was with the Avengers?

Thanos told his minions to find the two stones that are on Earth just after he kills Loki and before he uses the Power and Space stones to blow up the Asgardian ship and escape (respectively). Thor ...
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Why was this item left relatively unguarded on a barren planet?

Because the stone was under water and inaccessible until that moment. From Marvel Cinematic Universe wiki: Every 300 years, the sea lowers and the Temple Vault, an ancient structure hidden deep ...
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Is there an in-universe explanation for the convergence of the Infinity Stones in time and space?

The short answer is: Thanos. For whatever reason, Thanos has begun looking for the Infinity Stones. This has caused at least two that had previously been dormant to resurface. The Mind Stone was ...
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What happens to Red Skull after Thanos gets the Soul Stone?

As stated by the directors on Twitter over the verified “The Avengers” account: Red Skull is free to leave Vormir, and he is also free to pursue his desire for an Infinity Stone. This also implies ...
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Does the Soul Stone always require a sacrifice to work?

Red Skull said that you had to make a sacrifice in order to take the Stone (script source), not to use it. From Endgame, we can infer that
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Wouldn't reality have been destroyed at the beginning of "Endgame"?

The Russos have confirmed the stones haven’t been “destroyed”, just atomized in such a way as they don’t exist in the same solid form. "Thanos only reduced the stones to the atomic level. The ...
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How is the Mind Stone acquired by this character in the first place?

This is only answered in the (unfortunately) non-canonical novel, Thanos: Titan Consumed. The summary of events is in this Screen Rant article. Thanos, after realising that attacking individual worlds ...
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