With Black Panther & Avengers: Infinity War set to release in the coming months, everyone is asking if we will see the soul stone before Thanos arrives on Earth. Currently, when Thanos arrives on Earth he’ll have already obtained the space and power stone. So, what about the others? The reality stone is still with The Collector & the time stone is in the possession of Doctor Strange. Whether Thanos will receive both stones is unknown although likely considering he will have a full gauntlet in Avengers 4.
This begs the question; will Black Panther contain an infinity stone? Many theorists and salt grainers believe the soul stone may tie in with characteristics of the Black Panther title such as the heart-shaped herb, T’Challa’s spirit visions (as seen in the trailer), the way Wakanda can hide, or another unknown factor not introduced yet until the film releases. Theorists point out that in a recent TV spot T’Challa says “If anyone found out what we truly are, and what we possess, it could destroy the world. It is my duty to protect it.” This line definitely sounds like a credible reason to theorize an infinity stone, as each one has been world ending in its capabilities.
However, it’s also likely the line could be referencing the Vibranium reserves & advanced technology hidden in Wakanda, which if discovered, could threaten the world depending on Wakanda’s technology if weaponized. In the Black Panther trailer, there is a scene where T’Challa is looking at a tree with various panthers on it, likely a reference to the past Kings of Wakanda. Many believe this scene to be a hint at the soul stone as it would make sense for a “soul” stone to possess the ability to talk to the dead, however, there is nothing that teases the colors of the soul stone which is orange.
This may be silly or Marvel may have edited footage, but it’s odd T’Challa would be using a stone and nothing in the scene carries the stone colors. In my personal opinion, I believe this is a flashback to his trials to become the Black Panther, as Ryan Coogler & Kevin Feige described the ceremony involving the heart-shaped herb as partly spiritual and borderline magical. I personally believe the plot of Avengers: Infinity War will end with Thanos collecting all of the stones except the soul stone. Thus, part of Avengers 4 will be a heist movie of sorts with all parties involved searching for the soul stone before the final showdown. However, there has to be something important to Thanos considering he sends the Black Order and an army of Outriders to invade Wakanda.
Thanks to a Lego set, we may have the details and reasons for Wakanda being invaded. In a set called “Attack of the Riders,” we have mini-figures for Captain America, Black Widow, Outriders, & the space stone. Another set, titled “Corvis Glaive Attacks” has mini-figures for Corvis Glaive, Vision, Black Panther, Shuri, & the mind stone. This is an interesting spoiler, if true, as it means Thanos is invading Wakanda in order to achieve the mind stone as Shuri is removing it from Vision’s head.
If you look at the other Lego sets there is one titled “The Hulkbuster Fight.” The mini-figures included are Proxima Midnight, Falcon, Hulk, & the soul stone. The set essentially states that Wakanda possesses the soul stone which would help further justify the mass firepower Thanos is sending to invade Wakanda. It also conflicts with my personal theories for the soul stone but out of fairness, if you’re considering one Lego set you should consider them all.
Let us know your thoughts, do you think infinity stones are in Wakanda? Are you excited about Infinity War? Comment below with your theories and we’ll see which theories are right when Black Panther & Avengers: Infinity War are released.