The Infinity Gems, also known as the Infinity Stones, are 6 colored precious gemstones with vast cosmic power that were immensely powerful artifacts native to the Marvel universe alongside the Infinity Gauntlet and most famous for being used by the mad alien supervillain Thanos to become, for lack of a better word, a god.
The Infinity Gems trace their origin to when a vast, omnipotent being that was said to have existed in the distant past grew immensely lonely of its existence and thus it died - its great power forming the Infinity Gems as a by-product of its death.
The number of Infinity Gems has traditionally been six, though a seventh has been revealed more recently and are as follows:
- Space (Purple, blue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) - allows the user to command space as they see fit.
- Mind (Blue, Yellow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) - allows the user to become the most powerful psychic in existence.
- Soul (Green, Orange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) - allows the user to steal, manipulate and alter souls while also being a vessel for a pocket-universe, the gem is also sentient, meaning it is alive.
- Unlike the other stones, this one can only be obtained if the will-be user loses someone or something they love dearly.
- Reality (Yellow, Red in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) - allows the user to basically change reality the way the user sees fit.
- Time (Orange, Green in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) - allows the user to control time pretty much without limit.
- Power (Red, Purple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) - allows the user to command all power and energy that has ever existed.
- Ego (Gold) - holds the essence of a cosmic being known as Nemesis within it, has only appeared in the limited series Avengers/Ultraforce. It does not appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, nor is it mentioned.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Infinity Gems are instead referred to as the Infinity Stones, and are a natural by-product of the universe's creation rather than the remnants of a deity. Additionally, their colors are changed: Power is purple, Space is blue, Soul is orange, Reality is red, Time is green, and Mind is yellow.
- The cosmologist Oluseyi mentions the Infinity Gems in Thanos's hands in his list of doomsday weapons in the episode Battle of the Dark Universe of How The Universe Works.