The Infinity Stones’ Only Weakness Had To Be Made Up For The MCU

While the Infinity Stones were destroyed by Thanos in the MCU, a much more dramatic technique was needed to break them in the comic book source material.

the Infinity Stones are some of the most powerful objects in the Marvel Universe, but in order to destroy them in the mcu, you had to invent a weakness to make them disappear once they had played their part. After ripping half of all life out of existence, Thanos destroyed the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame. However, this proved impossible in the comics, as Reed Richards was unable to destroy the Gems with their own power.

In Avengers: Endgame, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes learn that after using the Infinity Stones and Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe, Thanos destroyed them. The revelation that the Gems have been destroyed leads to the heroes splitting up before later traveling through time to find the Infinity Stones and bring back the broken ones. Although the Avengers’ quest was successful, as they collected the gems at different points in time, it was still shocking to comic book fans to see their version of the Infinity Stones destroyed by the Mad Titan, as the Infinity Stones are explicitly immune to this in the comics.


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In New Avengers: Illuminati #2 (by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed, Jim Cheung, Mark Morales, Justin Ponsor and Cory Petit), Reed Richards and the Illuminati have found all the Infinity Stones. Richards immediately attempts to destroy the powerful Gems and Infinity Gauntlet with the Infinity Stones but cannot do so. Mr. Fantastic tells the Illuminati that he thought it would be possible to want the fully charged Infinity Gauntlet to destroy the Infinity Stones, but the Gems won’t let him. One of Marvel’s brightest heroes tries to figure out how he failed.

Illuminati Infinity Stones

The Infinity Stones have actually had a few stories in the comics, with the forgotten seventh Infinity Stone holding the shattered identity of Nemesis and revealing that they were all once part of his cosmic form. It has also been suggested that the stones were created by the Celestials to control life on Earth, while other stories view the stones as expressions of natural forces, not just artifacts that control them. So it’s possible that Reed was resisted either by the will of a cosmic being or by natural law, but as Marvel’s preeminent genius, it’s safe to say that if he can’t figure out how to do it , no one can. Indeed, Adam Warlock’s later solution in Infinity Wars saw the stones sent to become living beings, which the cosmic hero cited as one of the only things that hadn’t been tried to stop them from acting as a threat.

Although the Infinity Stones cannot destroy themselves in the comics, they are not unbreakable. The Illuminati and Captain America would later accidentally destroy the Stones using them to interact with another reality, with a new set of Stones only created when the Multiverse is later reborn. Of course, the movies needed their strongest artifacts to keep the plot interesting, so the Russo brothers found a way to get rid of them – although they’ve since said Thanos only reduced the Infinity Stones only on an atomic level, saying they’re “always present in the universe.” However, in the pages of Marvel Comics, the Infinity Stones destroying yourself – even just at the atomic level – is impossible in the main gun, and was a change made for the mcuthe advantage.

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