Which Avenger Finds Out About The Infinity Stones Before Infinity War

Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War

While many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's protagonists have encountered one or even a few Infinity Stones, until now, none of them knew about what all the Stones are capable of when brought together. Thor experienced a taste of what's to come when he had that vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that by no means painted a clear picture. Avengers: Infinity War will finally see Thanos stepping into the spotlight and trying to obtain all six Infinity Stones so he can become invincible, but we've now learned that Doctor Stephen Strange discovers the full extent of the power of these artifacts before the Mad Titan and his minions arrive on Earth.

Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Prelude #2 was released today, and in it (via Comicbook.com), we reunite Doctor Strange at the New York Sanctum Sanctorum shortly before his appearance in Thor: Ragnarok, where he's being visited by Wong. After bringing up the Eye of Agamotto, a.k.a. the Time Stone, Wong mentions how he believes there's more going on with these Stones than meets the eye. Kamar-Taj's librarian then recounts what's happened with Space, Reality and Mind Stones in the MCU movies. As for the Power and Soul Stones, Wong only knows that the former is hidden away on another planet, and he's unaware (just like the audience) of where the latter is. In any case, Wong informs Strange that whoever finds all six Infinity Stones will cause "unparalleled chaos" in the universe.

Given that Wong was the one who clued Doctor Strange in on the Eye of Agamotto being an Infinity Stone, I'm not surprised that the sorcerer's been doing his best to keep track of the whereabouts of the other Stones. More importantly, though, is the fact he's sharing what he's learned with Strange, which should be enormously beneficial for figuring out a way to stop Thanos. To that end, perhaps Strange and his knowledge will be beneficial to reuniting the Avengers, who are still fractured following the events of Captain America: Civil War. After all, nothing brings heroes together like trying to keep six multi-colored, powerful stones out of the hands of a purple alien warlord... or so I've heard.

Here's where five of the Infinity Stones are now as of Thor: Ragnarok: the Space Stone is in Loki's possession after he snagged it from Odin's treasure room before Asgard was destroyed, the Reality Stone is still held by The Collector, the Power Stone is in the Nova Corps vault, the Mind Stone is resting on Vision's forehead and the Time Stone is safe within Kamar-Taj. We still haven't been officially introduced to the Soul Stone yet, though there's been no shortage of speculation as to where it might be, from Wakanda to already being in Thanos' possession. The Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer showed that Thanos will get his hands on the Space and Power Stones, and judging by Vision's encounter with one of the Black Order, I worry that he might not have the Mind Stone for much longer. However, it remains to be seen if Thanos will ultimately be successful with his mission of if the combined power of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will be enough to stop him.

Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters on May 4, but if you're looking to check out Doctor Strange's most recent MCU appearance, Thor: Ragnarok is now available on Digital HD, with the Blu-ray and DVD releases following on March 6.

Adam Holmes
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