By Douglas Helm | Published
The MCU is certainly Hollywood’s finest example of a large, successful, interconnected cinematic universe. To make all of this possible, there needs to be a plan and a figurehead like Kevin Fiege behind the scenes to make sure everything falls into place. However, those plans need to be flexible to ensure the best story wins, and it seems that’s exactly what happened when it came to the Infinity Stones. According to James Gunn, they weren’t even part of the MCU’s grand plan until its first draft in 2014. guardians of the galaxy. Check out his Tweet below:
This shows how complex MCU planning can be. As James Gunn says, he planned all the major story arcs for his versions of the Guardians of the galaxy team, but obviously his plans for Gamora had to change due to the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. It’s certainly an interesting fact to learn because the Guardians ended up being an extremely important part of Thanos’ story.
While the Infinity Stones were introduced to the MCU by name in Thor: The Dark World, they made a few appearances before this film. However, it looks like they decided to retroactively double those MacGuffins Infinity Stones once they decided on the Thanos storyline. The first Infinity Stone presented to us is the Stone of Space in Captain America: The First Avenger. However, the stone was contained in a device called the Tesseract. The mind stone was introduced in The Avengers as Loki’s main weapon. Thor: The Dark World would present the Reality Stone as a weapon dubbed the Ether. guardians of the galaxy presented the Power Stone and get an official explanation about the Infinity Stones from Benicio del Toro’s character, the Collector while the Soul Stone had to wait Infinity War.
guardians of the galaxy was released in 2014, which lines up perfectly with Marvel revealing their plans for the Infinity Stones. Once James Gunn introduced the concept of stones into his guardians of the galaxy script, it gave Marvel the perfect direction to take Thanos’ endgame. We first saw Thanos in a post-credits scene in The Avengers. We then saw him grab the Infinity Gauntlet in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultronreleased in 2015, a year later guardians of the galaxy. And so, the race for the Infinity Stones was officially on.
Of course, things turned out for the best. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are widely considered some of the best movies the MCU has to offer. Thanos is easily one of the best villains the MCU has had to date and both films featuring the Mad Titan have grossed insane amounts, placing them firmly in the top-grossing films of all time. Luckily, despite the changes to Gamora’s character as a result of the Infinity Stones, we’ll get one final chapter on James Gunn’s Guardians story with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 May 5, 2023.