Warning: This article contains potentially massive spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War.
As we count down the days to Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, fans are desperate for any hints about the epic upcoming team-up movie, which will see every character from the MCU joining forces against Thanos and his mysterious "children."
LEGO has been a surprising sources of good Marvel tips over the past few years, so we've decided to take a closer look at their latest range of super cool LEGO Super Heroes Avengers: Infinity War toys to see if we might dig up some clues. And in checking out these six new sets, we seem to have struck gold... rather, we struck INFINITY STONES!
The Space Stone
The first set has one of the most anticipated minifigs of all time: sexy beard Cap, and boy does Steve look good. "The Outrider Dropship Attack" set includes bearded Captain America, two nice new Wakandan shields, Black Widow, two of what LEGO calls "Outriders," and their "dropship." The Outriders are the beastly four-armed aliens Cap and T'Challa fight in Wakanda during in the Infinity War trailer. In the comics, they're genetically modified alien parasites first introduced in the Free Comic Book Day 2013 Infinity issue by Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung.
The Outriders' inclusion makes a lot of sense, as in the comics they report to Corvus Glaive, one of the Black Order—Thanos' children. This tells us one very specific thing about Infinity War: Thanos and his crew know about Wakanda and are desperate to destroy it. Another interesting thing to note is that the set includes an "Infinity Stone element," which in this case is a blue gem a.k.a. the Space Stone a.k.a. the Tesseract, last in the possession of Loki onboard the Grandmaster's ship, The Statesman.
At the end of Thor: Ragnarok, we saw The Statesman approached by a looming vessel that we're pretty sure was Thanos' ship; in the comics, it's called Sanctuary II. So this nifty little set all but confirms that Thanos will get his hands on the Space Stone in Infinity War, and that it will then somehow end up in Wakanda during the huge battle we've glimpsed in the trailer. When it does, Cap might just be the one to keep it out of Thanos' grasp!
The Power Stone
The second set features Thor, Rocket Raccoon, and Teenage Groot in "Thor's Weapon Quest"! This holds just as many exciting secrets as the Beard Cap set, revealing another Infinity Stone and giving us insights into what Thor and the Guardians will be up to! The set comes with a purple "Infinity Stone element," none other than the Power Stone a.k.a. the Orb. We last saw the Orb in the hands of the Nova Corps, so we can assume the Guardians either stole it back or maybe they gave the Nova Corps a fake, which seems like a very Star-Lord thing to do.
We know Thor will end up with the Guardians, and the escape pod you can build in this set actually connects to the larger Guardians' ship, part of the "Thanos: Ultimate Battle" set. So it's pretty likely that Thor, Groot, and Rocket will attempt to abscond with the Power Stone whilst the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy battle Thanos.
The Mind Stone
Our third set, "Corvus Glaive Thresher Attack," includes one of the most exciting team-ups thus far, as we find Vision, Shuri, and Black Panther facing off against Corvus Glaive and one of his alien Outriders in Shuri's lab. Shuri was a standout character in the fantastic Black Panther movie, so confirmation that she'll play a large part in Infinity War is exciting enough, but this also includes the yellow Mind Stone, which we've seen being pulled out of Vision's head in the Infinity War trailer. Its inclusion as a separate gem here means it might well be in Wakanda that Vision loses the stone. And if it happens in Shuri's lab, maybe we'll get to see her finally don a Black Panther suit like she does in the comics! For now, we simply get her wearing badass gauntlets attempting to fight off Glaive and his Thresher.
The Time Stone
The fourth and largest set is the "Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown," a huge New York block that consists of both Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum and Peter Parker's apartment! Continuing our theme, it includes the Infinity Stone that we know is held in Strange's Eye of Agamotto—the green Time Stone—and it also confirms that once again the Big Apple is likely be ravaged by the Avengers and their foes. In this expansive and intricate set, we see Peter in his officially titled "Iron Spider-Man" suit, already teased at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming. It also includes Peter, Tony, and Stephen Strange fighting the remaining two of Thanos' children: Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian. So this likely means NYC will definitely play a massive part in the battle for the Infinity Stones.
The Reality Stone
A shocking reveal awaits in the "Thanos Ultimate Battle Set"! If we're to believe the fine folks at LEGO, then Thanos already holds the Aether a.k.a. the Reality Stone, yet to be shown in any MCU film in its proper solid form. But this set includes the Infinity Gauntlet, which already holds the red Reality Stone! The fact that this rad set includes the Gauntlet with spaces for each of the other gems suggests that Thanos will get his wish and unite the gold glove with its shiny stone pals. This set also includes the Milano ship, Iron Man in a very fancy new suit, Gamora, and Star-Lord, from which we can glean that the final battle will likely take place in space, seeing the Guardians and Iron Man teaming up to take on Thanos!
The Soul Stone
But "The Hulkbuster Smash Up" set might include the biggest Infinity War spoiler of all. The set includes the enigmatic and yet-to-be-found Soul Stone. Aside from that MASSIVE reveal, which we'll get back to in a moment, this set also includes Bruce Banner, a buildable Hulkbuster armor, Falcon, and an Outrider, as well as—once again—one of Thanos' children, Proxima Midnight. The prevalece of Thanos' underlings across these sets establishes the Black Order as a major force in Infinity War; it's likely we'll see the team seeking out the Stones while Thanos attempts to stop the Avengers. It also confirms that Bruce and Sam will fight alongside each other. But now that we've covered all of that, let's get back to the Infinity Stone!
The orange Soul Stone is the only Infinity Stone we've yet to see. If you've delved into the T.H.A.N.O.S. theory, you'll know that each stone has been found or held by someone/something with a letter corresponding to the Mad Titan's name: Tesseract, Aether, Necklace, Orb, and Scepter, with only that pesky "H" unaccounted for, leaving many fans to assume that Hela would wield the Soul Stone during Ragnarok. But it was not to be, and fans switched to wondering if in fact Heimdall would be the one to reveal it. Some fans have even suggested that it's inside Heimdall himself, though that might seem wild. Heimdall and Bruce were together at the end of Ragnarok, and this set confirms that Bruce finds himself in possession of an orange "Infinity Stone element." And we all know another word that begins with H: Hulk!
Phew! So that sure was a ride, that taught us a whole lot about the direction Infinity War will be headed! Are you excited to get your hands on some of these incredible LEGO sets? Got a theory about where the Soul Stone will be? Let us know below!
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