This author, for one, is pretty excited about the prospect of #ThorRagnarok. Firstly because Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has thus far blazed an impressive tale in his foray into mainstream cinema, and will be bringing a touch of his special brand of weird to the #MarvelCinematicUniverse.
Secondly, it's got an incredible cast. And thirdly, it's starting to look like we may find the final Infinity Stone in Thor: Ragnarok. After Doctor Strange brought home the Time Stone, the #MCU is now down to just one Infinity Stone shy of a full set — a set that #Thanos is intending to complete by the time Avengers: Infinity War rolls around.
On the road to #InfinityWar we also have Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Black Panther. The Soul Stone seems far removed from T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in Wakanda and Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in Queens, and the Guardians of the Galaxy have already tangled with the stones, introducing the Power Stone in their first outing. And there's actually a lot of pretty suggestive evidence that points toward the final piece of the Infinity Gauntlet popping up in Ragnarok.
- Taika Waititi Reveals Thor: Ragnarok Will Feature A Key Character From The Planet Hulk Storyline
- Doctor Strange Almost Introduced Death In The MCU — Will We See Her In Thor: Ragnarok?
- Is John Cena Really Joining The Thor: Ragnarok Cast?
This rests in a theory that's been floating around for a while regarding the existence of the Soul Stone. Just as the Time Stone was hidden within the Eye of Agamotto, and the Mind Stone within Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) scepter, the Soul Stone may have been hiding in plain sight in the MCU ever since 2011.
Does Heimdall Have The Soul Stone?
First introduced in Thor, Heimdall (Idris Elba) popped up again in Thor: The Dark World and briefly during the dream sequences of Avengers: Infinity War. He's set to appear again in Ragnarok, and he could be hiding a big reveal.
There's a number of reasons why Heimdall may be in possession of the final Infinity Stone. Firstly there's the matter of his eyes, and the orange irises which match the color of the Soul Stone. His orange eyes are unique to the MCU, as he doesn't appear this way in the comics.
Secondly, there's the specifics of his power. The Infinity Stones have been shown thus far as amplifiers of energy that match to a host. The Mind Stone made Loki a more powerful manipulator and unlocked latent powers in the Maximoff twins, the Power Stone fed Ronan's bloodlust, and the Time Stone only worked when wielded by a practitioner of sorcery.
Heimdall can see all, but what specifically does he see? Souls, as he tells Thor in The Dark World:
Thor: How fare the stars?
Heimdall: Still shining. From here I can see Nine Realms and ten trillion souls.
Putting this together, it wouldn't be totally unreasonable to speculate that Heimdall's powers could stem from the orange-tinted Soul Stone.
Why Is This Important?
In Thor's Age of Ultron vision, Heimdall was presented as blind. He grabs Thor as Asgard decays around them, warning him to wake up, to save them all before he leads them to hell. It's this vision that triggers Thor to return to Asgard at the conclusion of the movie, as he realizes that in the time he's been spending on Earth with Jane (Natalie Portman), his world has been suffering.
The fact that Heimdall was presented as blind here means that his sight is going to be in some way important when it comes to the path Thor takes onwards from Earth. What if his sight was stolen from him, perhaps by Thanos taking possession of the Soul Stone in the run up to Infinity War?
Finally, Heimdall being the holder of the Soul Stone would also complete the popular T.H.A.N.O.S. theory, which has so far been proved corrected. The locations of each Infinity Stone so far appear to correspond to a letter in the name "Thanos":
- Space Stone: Tesseract
- Soul Stone:
- Reality Stone: Aether
- Time Stone: Necklace (Eye of Agamotto)
- Power Stone: Orb
- Mind Stone: Sceptre
The theory also explains why the Eye of Agamotto is presented as a necklace in the MCU. In the comics it's usually portrayed as disc without any trappings or attachments. So, if the T.H.A.N.O.S. theory is correct, it means the Soul Stone resides somewhere beginning with H — Heimdall, perhaps? Also, it's worth noting that the armor he wears in The Dark World appears to have an orange gem embedded in the breast plate. Could this be the Soul Stone?
Thor: Ragnarok seems like the perfect moment to introduce the Soul Stone. It would also mean that there would be a good buffer of two movies between Doctor Strange and Ragnarok, as Infinity Stones tend to not be presented back-to-back in the MCU.
Either way, Thor: Ragnarok is set to be a pretty exciting installment in the MCU, even if only because it's about as close as we're ever going to get to a Planet Hulk adaptation. We can dream, we can dream...
Do you think Heimdall has the Soul Stone, or do you have a better theory? Sound off in the comments below!