Get ready to get hyped! The cast of Thor: Ragnarok, namely Chris Hemsworth, answered fan questions during a convention last week. During that Q & A Hemsworth, who plays Thor himself, teased that people will see the Soul Stone “Really, really soon” and also that Asgard will be getting “a make-over”. That got people all excited about the prospect of the Soul Stone showing up in Ragnarok, while also adding gas to the fire that is a new rumor that the Soul Stone exists within Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. While that may be true, that’s not the sole possibility for the location of the sixth and final stone. It also doesn’t really let people know exactly where the stone is (Despite what some are saying). So, let’s work together to go through the most relevant rumors surrounding the Stone and try to figure out exactly where it is!
If you’re keeping track, five of the six Infinity Stones have appeared in some of the now fifteen Marvel Cinematic Universe films. While they still remain scattered across the universe, we at least know who has which and what they do in the film universe. They will all be collected at the start of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, by Thanos, who (like in the comics) will wield them on the Infinity Gauntlet. For now, at least, the location of the sixth and final stone has been a matter of conjecture. There are three films between now and the Infinity War, those films being Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther: Finally a Film without a Sub-Title. That final stone is the Soul Stone, which in the comics is called the Soul Gem and gives the wielder the power(s) to steal, control, manipulate, and alter souls (living or dead), and actually contains it’s own universe (where those souls are stored, it’s sort of like a Utopia, with a bunch of freaks in it). It also has the ability to steal the powers and abilities of others, which could come in handy in the film. It also has a soul (of sorts) of its own and actually hungers for souls (an important caveat, see below) and at full power (perhaps with the help of another gem/stone like the Power Stone) can control all life in the universe (which is probably at least partially what allowed Thanos to do this, famously, in the comics).
Considering the street level fights that Spider-Man gets in (which means he should run into Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage or (not) Iron Fist, please?!?) and the fact that it’s technically a Sony film, it’s highly doubtful that the Soul Stone will appear in Homecoming. Most people think that the stone will show up in Thor: Ragnarok, as Thor was the introduction to the cosmic side of the MCU and because of the sheer destruction implied by the title of the film (and it’s teaser trailer). There are some, however, that believe that it’ll show up in next year’s Black Panther film as well. So, let’s delve into the prevailing theories as to where the Soul Stone is in an attempt to get to the bottom of things.
Theory Number One: It’s Wakanda, Stupid
We’ll start these theories in reverse order (in terms of the likelihood). The theory that it’ll appear in Black Panther mostly stems from the fact that Black Panther is the last film before Infinity War and so people believe that this film will tie into Infinity War directly. The fact that it’s been confirmed that the Black Panther villain, ManApe, will appear in Infinity War does help bolster this claim. To understand the theory, though, you have to understand Wakanda as a place and Black Panther as a character. In the comics, Black Panther receives his super-soldier powers by interacting with the heart shaped herb (Interacting because his origin has changed, he either eats it or rubs it on himself). That heart shaped herb comes from a magical tree that sits at the bottom of the necropolis, which surrounds the meteorite of pure Vibranium that gives Wakanda it’s standing in the world. That tree produces the heart-shaped herb and it’s thought, in Wakanda, that the Panther God essentially imbued the tree with the power of the Black Panther (While in reality the meteorite that brought Vibranium to Wakanda mutated the tree and gave it said powers). Considering the fact that the movies have strayed from the comics on multiple occasions, it is a possibility that the Soul Stone is what is giving the tree its ability to produce the herb and thus give Black Panther his powers. Although, it doesn’t really fit the description of the Soul Stone. Then again the Reality Stone just turned matter into dark matter, which is not even close to what it was capable of in the comics, so anything is possible.
Theory Number Two: It’s Inside Mjolnir!
This is the newest rumor and it really took off after Hemsworth’s statements this past weekend. In the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, it’s shown that Hela (Played by Cate Blanchett), catches and destroys Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Now, if you think about the way Mjolnir works, it does make some sense that perhaps the Stone is inside of his hammer. For example, it’s able to sense who is worthy (to wield it) and who is not. That means that it is able to peer into one’s soul, instantaneously, and determine the type of person that they are. Outside of that, the idea that the stone could be contained within another object, makes a lot of sense, especially in the MCU. The Mind Stone was inside of Loki’s Scepter, Ronan placed the Power Stone in his gigantic hammer, etc. There’s a scene in Doctor Strange where Mordo states that “Some magic is too powerful to sustain, so we imbue objects with it…”, sounds a lot like Mjolnir, eh? or… Meh. Outside of that, the comics have recently essentially said that Mjolnir has not only a soul of its own, but it’s a soul of the storm god whose name is/was Tempest. Considering the fact that the Soul Stone also has a soul of its own, there’s some overlap there. The last part of this theory is the fact that in the teaser trailer for Ragnarok it looks like Hela is incredibly/insanely powerful. There’s a scene that essentially shows Asgard being completely destroyed and one has to think that for that to happen, Hela has to be using some sort of powerful artifact (otherwise how was she imprisoned/exiled for so long? If she can destroy entire cities and the armies within those cities, why couldn’t she before?). That artifact could be the Soul Stone, which she would’ve found after she destroyed Mjolnir in the beginning of the movie.
Theory Number Three: Heimdall has it
The third and most prominent theory is that Heimdall has had the Soul Stone this entire time. This theory has been around the longest and makes the most sense. In the first Thor film, Heimdall states that there are seven trillion souls in the universe and that he can see each of them. That line alone makes Heimdall the front runner for this theory. Heimdall’s job is to stand pat at the entrance/exit of the Bifrost and to send anyone essentially anywhere in the universe while also peering into/at least look at their soul. To be able to do so, he would have to have the ability to see everything, and so it makes sense that he’s rocking the Soul Stone. There’s also the fact that Heimdall’s eyes are orange, which is the color of the Soul Stone.
On top of that, the suit of armor that he wears has an orange-ish stone in the middle of it:
Lastly, there’s his appearance in the teaser trailer. We’ve never seen Heimdall NOT in his armor/at his post, so the fact that he’s sans helmet and armor, and apparently on the run, could mean that he’s running away from Thanos or even Loki, who at last count essentially owes Thanos not only one Infinity Stone, but two.
Some do point to the fact that the post credit scene from Thor: The Dark World would essentially make it impossible for Heimdall to be walking around with the Soul Stone. In that scene, Lady Sif and Volstagg give the Reality Stone to The Collector because they already are housing the Space Stone and “It’s not wise to keep two Infinity Stones so close together.” However, if that were the case/reasoning for not allowing Heimdall to utilize the Soul Stone, then why would they allow Thor to house it in Mjolnir?
In support of the Heimdall theory, there’s the THANOS theory. This is separate from the above theories in that it’s sort of a play on the big bad from Avengers: Infinity War‘s name, Thanos (Obviously). As you’ll see, this theory actually made some sense at first, as the names of the Stones were adding up to spells Thanos (Tesseract, Aether, etc.). The problem is, no one referred to the Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange as “Necklace”. Other than that, it sort of holds up and while it doesn’t really give us more to go on other than the first letter (Being H), it is sort of fun to think of. If it is ‘H’ and in Thor: Ragnarok, that means Heimdall is the one with the Soul Stone, either him or a Hamster.