All the meta I’ve recently written about Avengers 2012 has me thinking…
That we know Earth currently has the Mind Gem (Vision) and the Time Gem (the Eye of Agamotto). Asgard has the Space (the tesseract) and they gave Reality to The Collector. And Peter Quill gave Power to Nova Corp.
Thanos started out with the Mind Gem, but lost it in to the Battle of New York, so now he has none. GotG 2 has come and gone, Thanos wasn’t in it.
I think there’s no doubt whatsoever that they only remaining gem left undiscovered, the Soul Gem, is going to appear in Thor Ragnarok. And Thanos might have an appearance there, too. But unless he somehow manages to acquire all six stones, because remember he has none at this point, in Ragnarok, then the movie called Avengers Infinity War is probably going to be the equivalent of Thanos’ Quest (the comic series where Thanos acquires all six gems) rather than Infinity Gauntlet like everybody currently believes.
Which means that Feige and the Russos are lying liars who lie, because there’s no way Avengers 4 can be a separate film because there is no way you can combine the events of Thanos’ Quest and Infinity Gauntlet into one two and half hour film. No way. It wouldn’t make sense to show Thanos acquiring the gems off screen when they’ve worked so hard setting up their various locations while also setting up parasocial relationships between the current keepers of the gems and the audience. Vision being the biggest one.
Betcha they leave Avengers 3 as a cliff-hanger. I just have a sneaky suspicion they’re gonna. That Avengers 3 ends with Thanos putting on the completed Gauntlet on for the first time and sending the universe into chaos and that Avengers 4 will be the universe trying to recover from that.
But Avengers 3 is going to be terribly heartbreaking because just the act of Thanos getting his hands on those gems does not bode well for Kamar-Ta, for (whats left of) Asgard (following Ragnarok), for Nova Corp, for the Collector (who is an Elder) or for poor Vision.
Most likely Nova Corp is going to fall first, because the Power Gem, at least in the comics, is connected to all the other gems and can feed into them. Enter the Guardians, stage left, who rush to warn the other locations about whats coming after Nova Corp falls. Once Thanos has the Power Gem, the others will be remarkably easy for him to find and take.