The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has a lot of connective tissues that ties each individual movie to the greater Marvel story, and the most well-known aspect of these threads are the Infinity Stones - the MCU's most powerful artifacts. But as important as the Infinity Stones are, not everyone can understand the complex lore that explains the origins of these Stones and what they're capable of. In fact, one of those confused by the Infinity Stones is the God of Thunder himself, Chris Hemsworth.
Thor Doesn't Understand The Stones!
When Comicbook.com dropped by the set of the upcoming #AvengersInfinityWar to ask #ChrisHemsworth how #ThorRagnarok would connect to the newest Avengers entry, Hemsworth revealed that the highly-anticipated crisis-event movie wouldn't dwell too much in the lore of the Infinity Stones to avoid becoming convoluted.
"We didn't wanna get bogged down in Infinity Stones and da-da-da-da, because I don't even understand that stuff a lot of the time."
Ironically, Hemsworth's own character, Thor, is one of the few main characters from the #Avengers line-up who has the most knowledge about the Infinity Stones and Marvel's intricate cosmic lore as a whole. This was made evident in Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Thor's vision in the cave alerted him of the presence of the Stones, thus convincing him to go back to Asgard after the events of the movie.
Hemsworth isn't the only actor in a major superhero shared universe who has trouble comprehending his franchise's plans. Jared Leto, the #DCEU's Joker, has recently admitted that he's also confused with the DC Extended Universe's plans for the Clown Prince of Crime, following the announcement of a stand-alone Joker prequel. However, unlike Hemsworth, who's a little lost in Marvel's overarching mythos, Leto's confusion stems from the studio potentially hiring two actors to play the same role.
Given how Thor: Ragnarok has been teased to be a direct lead-up to Avengers: Infinity War when the Guardians of the Galaxy finally bump into the Asgardian warrior, it's possible that the Infinity Stones will play a much larger part in the latest Thor movie than other recent #MCU installments.
Hemsworth even hinted at his movie's connection to Avengers: Infinity War, saying that Ragnarok will have some lasting ramifications.
"Without giving anything away [Thor: Ragnarok] definitely bleeds nicely into [Avengers: Infinity War,] as they all tend to do. This being called 'Ragnarok', which everyone knows what that means, it obviously is gonna effect the larger universe."
So What Exactly Are The Infinity Stones, Again?
According to the lore of the MCU, the Infinity Stones were individual singularities of great power that existed before the dawn of civilization. Each Stone possesses the strength to create or destroy anything, but when put together on the Infinity Gauntlet, the Stones turn their user into a literal god. This is why #Thanos (Josh Brolin) wants all of them for himself, and it seems that the Mad Titan will have successfully found all six Stones by the time Infinity War comes around.
For those who weren't able to grasp the idea behind the Infinity Stones and how important they are, Hemsworth's statement may come as a sigh of relief, since Infinity War won't waste too much time with explaining the Stones again. But for those who want to learn more about the Stones and their cosmic relevance, the MCU's supplementary material may have to suffice.
Hopefully by the time Infinity War rolls into cinemas to finally give audiences the fight between Thanos and the Marvel heroes that they've been waiting almost a decade for, Hemsworth will better understand the Infinity Stones lore. After all, it was his character who seemed the most concerned when he learned about the Stones in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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