In addition to juggling 67 characters in an ever-growing cinematic universe, Avengers: Infinity War will also have the onerous duty of finally explaining the six uber-powerful gems known as the Infinity Stones. The powers of each stone have been poorly defined in the past despite featuring prominently in most Marvel movies. But Infinity War’s directors have confirmed that the next Avengers movie will legitimately explain what each gem can do, the Reality Stone in particular.

As part of an interview Thursday with Screen Rant, co-director Joe Russo spoke about managing the overwhelming number of characters while also communicating that “each gem has its own special power.” They will, of course, ultimately unite in the Infinity Gauntlet to let its wielder do just about anything:

“We had to put a lot of thought into how we would represent those powers so it was clear to the audience. Not only are you dealing with a lot of characters, you are also dealing with the stones, the gems, and there’s a lot of them. So for people to keep track of all of it, we had to get really specific. I won’t divulge how we use the Reality Stone, but we do use it.”

That's a lot of characters and a lot of colorful stones.
That's a lot of characters and a lot of colorful stones.

The “Reality Stone” (the red one) is otherwise known as the “aether,” and it featured prominently in Thor: The Dark World before coming into the possession of The Collector. In The Dark World, it bonds with hosts, allowing the manipulation of dark kinds of energy and even the warping of reality itself. In the comics, it also allows the wielder to revive the dead.

In the Infinity War trailer that aired during D23 and then at San Diego Comic-Con, Gamora happens upon the Collector’s Vault, and the place is trashed, so Thanos and his crew are likely the burglars.

The trailer also shows Thanos wielding the Gauntlet and hurling what looks like comets. But, before all that happens, Infinity War will establish “really specific” powers that are probably going to be as color-coordinated as the official movie poster.


Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.

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