IN MARVEL MULTIVERSE
THE INFINITY GEMS ARE ARTIFACTS FROM MARVEL’S PRIMORDIAL UNIVERSE
Today we talk about six primordial super powers. I speak of the Infinity Gems.
The Infinity Gems first appeared in Marvel continuity in ‘Marvel Premiere’ (1972) #2, which featured the first appearance of the Soul Gem and the power of Adam Warlock.
In ‘Infinity Wars’ (2018) #6, it is revealed that the Infinity Gems are primordial artifacts that were originally created by the Celestials in the Prime Universe. It is found that the Infinity Gems actually do not have power in that dimension, and are delivered from that dimension to the Marvel Multiverse.
THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
In ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ (1991) #1, upon his resurrection, Thanos gazed at the six Infinity Gems from the Infinity Well in Death’s Realm. He realized the Gems’ true nature and set out to acquire them. They were a remnant from the universe’s creation that in solitude, originally split in six fragments with different primordial super powers: soul, mind, power, time, reality, space.
The Infinity Gems were kept by the In-Betweener and by members of the Elders of the Universe who, on the contrary, were not aware of the true essence of their Gems. The mad Titan Thanos then gathered these gems into the Infinity Gauntlet. He took the Soul Gem from the In-Betweener, the Power Gem from the Champion, the Time Gem from the Gardener, the Reality Gem from the Collector, the Space Gem from the Runner, and the Mind Gem from the Grandmaster. During the Infinity Gauntlet saga, Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to remove from existence half of the population of the universe in order to gain Death‘s love. In the end, Thanos was defeated when Adam Warlock was able to gain possession of the Infinity Gauntlet.– Infinity Stones, Marvel Database
Let’s look at some battles in comics where other Marvel beings used these primordial super powers.
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IN ‘SILVER SURFER’ (1991) #47, ADAM WARLOCK USES THE SOUL GEM TO RETURN SILVER SURFER AND DRAX THE DESTROYER FROM SOUL WORLD BACK TO THEIR BODIES
In a plot by Thanos, Drax the Destroyer attempts to conquer Soul World. He defeats Gamora. However, Adam Warlock bests him in combat.
Using the primordial super power of the Soul Gem, Adam Warlock sends Silver Surfer and Drax the Destroyer from Soul World back to their bodies.
IN ‘WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH’ (1993) #13, MOONDRAGON USES THE MIND GEM TO KNOCK OUT THE HULK WITH A MIND BLAST
In ‘Warlock and the Infinity Watch’ (1993) #13, Drax the Destroyer and Hulk get into a fight in Reno over Hulk putting an end to what Drax the Destroyer calls his music. Hulk thinks through the fight and realizes that he has to end the fight due to the collateral damage and his own publicity. As the battle goes on, Hulk stops the fight and tells Drax to put down the boulder he was about to smash Hulk with. He says he gives up and that Drax the Destroyer has won the fight.
The two talk things over. As Drax talks about music he finds a closed shop with musical instruments behind the window. Seeing how badly Drax wants them, Hulk breaks the window. Drax retrieves a saxophone. The two engage in friendly banter but soon reach a disagreement when Hulk in trying to be on friendly terms with Drax taps him on the back. Drax responds with a punch!
Moondragon comes in looking for Drax the Destroyer. Moondragon uses the super power of the Mind Gem to knock out Hulk with a mind blast.
WINNER: MOONDRAGON WINS BY KNOCKOUT
IN ‘SHE-HULK’ (2004) #11, TITANIA POWERED BY THE POWER GEM KNOCKS OUT SHE-HULK WHO REVERTS TO HER JEN WALTERS FORM
In ‘She-Hulk’ (2004) #11, She-Hulk is having problems with changing back and forth to her Jen Walters form. Doc Samson arrives at her apartment and takes her to Avengers Mansion.
Titania has received the Power Gem from the Champion of the Universe, whom She-Hulk has bested in combat. She arrives at Avengers Mansion and defeats Doc Samson. Then, she faces She-Hulk.
She-Hulk deals Titania a punch that creates a blast. But Titania blocks it. She-Hulk remarks “it’s…not…possible!”1 She notices the Power Gem on Titania’s forehead. Titania grins then responds with the primordial super power. She responds with a haymaker. Then, she smashes She-Hulk through several stories of a building. She-Hulk lies on the floor and her left hand is seen to revert back to her Jen Walters form.
WINNER: TITANIA WINS BY KNOCKOUT
SUPER FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘WARLOCK AND THE INFINITY WATCH’ (1992) #1, THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN THE LIVING TRIBUNAL AND ADAM WARLOCK WOULD LAY WASTE TO REALITY
- She-Hulk #11.