We don’t know much about Avengers: Endgame, but we do know this based on the trailers: Our heroes are going to take on Thanos, try to take the Infinity Gauntlet, and use the Stones for themselves. If they’re lucky.
But once you use the Infinity Gauntlet to undo the bad guy’s plan, what do you do with it? After all, you’re only one slip up away from Thanos — or someone even worse — taking it right back.
This question has come up a lot in the Marvel Comics Universe, as the Infinity Stones (or Gems, as they were known for a very long time) have been used for nefarious purposes over and over again for more than 40 years of comics history. And the first thing you need to know about the Infinity Stones is …
They can’t be destroyed
Every universe in Marvel’s Multiverse has its own Infinity Gems, Stones, or what-have-you. For example, in the Ultimate Universe, there are a whopping eight Infinity Stones, four for each of the two Infinity Gauntlets. The existence of the Infinity Stones seems to be a necessary part of the fabric of each Marvel cosmos.
The second thing you need to know about the Infinity Stones is that they usually wind up in the possession of Adam Warlock (despite the name, he’s a good guy), a character who has never directly appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although he’s been hinted at. And when a court of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Comics universe ruled that he was not capable of wielding the Infinity Gauntlet responsibly, they didn’t use their near-infinite power to destroy the Infinity Stones. They just made him split them up and give them to other people.
Not one member of this group of the most powerful entities in Marvel Comics, including Eternity himself (that’s the swirly galaxy guy on the right), proposed the much more final solution of outright destroying the Infinity Stones.
“But maybe,” you might be asking yourself, “Eternity and the Living Tribunal and all those other wacky cosmic dudes just weren’t powerful enough to destroy the Infinity Stones, which gives their bearer literal omnipotence.” It’s the old Can God make a rock so heavy even God couldn’t move it? question.
But Marvel Comics has answered the Omnipotence paradox, too.
Even the Infinity Stones can’t destroy the Infinity Stones
The Illuminati are a secret cabal of the most intelligent and politically powerful superhuman figures of the Marvel Universe, and they mostly get together to make ethically dubious secret decisions about things that threaten Earth. In 2007’s New Avengers: Illuminati #2, Mr. Fantastic proposed that he and the rest of the Illuminati should gather the Infinity Stones in order to safeguard them from those who would exploit them.
And, despite some reservations, they did, at which point Mr. Fantastic attempted to use the Infinity Gauntlet to wish the Infinity Stones away. It wasn’t a bad plan, but …
The Infinity Gauntlet cannot destroy itself. Rather than keeping the Gauntlet together after this, the six members of the Illuminati decided to each take an Infinity Stone and keep it very, very secret.
The Infinity Stones can’t be destroyed … except for this one time
When Captain America did it by accident.
The next time the Illuminati brought the Infinity Stones together it was to defend the Earth from an Incursion — another universe in the Marvel Multiverse that was colliding with the main Marvel one, with potentially catastrophic results for both worlds. As the strongest-willed of the Illuminati, Captain America used the Gauntlet to push an entire universe away from his own, and when he was done — it broke.
It’s possible this will be how things end up in Avengers: Endgame. But if it isn’t, there’s another very traditional Marvel way to deal with the Infinity Stones.
An Infinity Watch
The Infinity Gems have only been destroyed once, and when the entire Marvel Universe was destroyed and recreated in Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars event, they were recreated along with it, as the Infinity Stones (to better match the movies, naturally). Usually what happens after they’re recovered from a bad guy is that they are scattered across the universe so no one knows where they are.
Or, just as often, they are given to trustworthy stewards who are charged with defending them against all comers, and that group of six heroes has a traditional name: the Infinity Watch. When the stones are aren’t lost, shattered, or sitting in the Infinity Gauntlet, there’s usually an Infinity Watch around to defend them.
The original Infinity Watch comprised Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, the telepathic hero Moondragon, the diminutive Pip the Troll, and (yes) Thanos. A very short-lived Infinity Watch, assembled by Doctor Strange, came together in the lead up to Marvel’s Infinity Wars event in summer 2018, featuring Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Star-Lord, Adam Warlock, and low-level NYC criminal Turk Barrett.
And the aftermath of Infinity Wars event, the Infinity Stones were scattered, again but with a new twist. You can’t use the Infinity Stones to destroy the Infinity stones, but apparently you can fundamentally change them.
The Infinity Stones are people now
At the end of Infinity Wars, Adam Warlock used the Soul Stone to give each Infinity Stone a soul. The idea was that with sentience and their own will, the Stones could be their own Infinity Watch, zipping around the universe to find a safe space to hide out.
But the Time Stone didn’t hide quite well enough, merging itself with an otherwise unremarkable human man named Hector Bautista, who used his newfound power to stop time to walk out of a Texas prison. And so there’s a new Infinity Watch of sorts — comprising Loki, a newly resurrected Wolverine, and Doctor Strange’s talking ghost dog — who are doing their best to keep the worst people in the universe from getting their hands on Hector.
What Infinity Stone history might mean for Endgame
Any of the above! Just because the Infinity Stones can generally never be destroyed in the comics doesn’t mean that they couldn’t be in a movie. The thing about all these fates of the Infinity Stones is that they all leave open the possibility that the Stones could return whenever writers need them to.
If destroyed, they could be remade. If scattered, they can be found. If changed, they could spark a whole new story. And if given to the Infinity Watch, they could found an entirely new superhero team with a brand new cosmos-spanning mission. We’ll have to wait until Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26 to find out.
Driving ingenious care with a healthy dose of disruption
Renowned international experts gathered to share experiences from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Nordic region, on the importance of leveraging disruption. Speakers discussed how collaborations between the public and private healthcare sectors are creating a significant transformation in new business models of care, in the session, ‘Driving Innovation – What Is a Healthy Dose of…
Distinguished worldwide experts gathered to share experiences from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Nordic area, on the importance of leveraging disturbance. Speakers went over how partnerships in between the general public and private healthcare sectors are producing a considerable improvement in new service designs of care, in the session, ‘Driving Innovation – What Is a Healthy Dosage of Disruption?’
The speakers were Dr Taghreed Justinia, regional director IT services, Innovation & Health Informatics, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Dr Fadi Al-Buhairan, deputy CEO, Saudi Post Co. and Bogi Eliasen, futurist, CIFS.
WHY IT MATTERS
ON THE RECORD
Eliasen began the panel discussion with a discussion on the future health paradigm in the Nordic area: “Among the premises is that it’s not technology that’s lacking. It’s more decisions and the capacity to act and perform choices and why it’s likewise essential to believe in a different way and what this brand-new paradigm is.
” A premise here is likewise to have a concentrate on the lifestyle and wellbeing as being the objectives and seeing the health budget plan as a financial investment and not a cost.”
He likewise discussed the Nordic Health 2030 Movement, which intends to make sure the longevity of the healthcare system and lifestyle across the area: “Last year, we did the huge circumstance process in the Nordic nations with 30 public and private stakeholders.
” Something that we had actually prepared for two years in order to bridge in between the Nordic countries which are quite fully grown on digitalisation in society and being well-being societies, but also to prepare for what is it we actually desire with health.”
Technology and humans assembling
Technology and humans converging in health care shipment was also a subject touched on by the panel, on this Dr Al-Buhairan stated: “As much as we believe technology and digital can enable and take us to that next level, that entire physical and digital divide that is developed needs to assemble because in healthcare, that physical touchpoint will always remain vital.”
On ways to bridge this divide, Al-Buhairan stated: “It comes back to disturbance due to the fact that whatever we talked about with digital health care is really about how we interfere with the market and how we interrupt our current procedures and take them to the next level by particular interventions.”
Eliasen likewise discussed the modification of health models that we are experiencing in the current COVID-19 climate: “We have heard a lot about the digital twin, however in reality, we might be moving towards what we call a digital triplet. Where we have this human and sustainable health model, and as a person, you also can work with this and share it where it makes sense for you.”
Disturbance opportunities from COVID-19
Discussing the chances presented by the pandemic, Al-Buhairan said: “From the positive and negative elements of disruption, a normal pattern emerges as brand-new innovations come to market and subsequently take hold.
” When we look at the previous decades, and what digital has done within health care, we have understood that patterns have emerged, patterns have taken place, things have ended up being outdated and new technologies have taken over.
” We then need to realise that markets are getting closer and closer together. In the past, we took a look at the healthcare industry, and after that logistics industries as 2 different silo markets.
” We now begin to look at them and say, well, how can these industries actually help and match one another, as we move more into the digital space,” notes Al-Buhairan.
Social determinants of health
Eliasen reacted: “How do we make sure that the newest technology does not just go to the richest 10%of the world, but in fact offers a health effect for the other 90%?
” Wanting that the greatest effect we can have is really working outside of the 10%. Likewise, in order to produce a world that is much better for everybody. So yes, there is a challenge, and we require to handle it. There are some premises in order to work with information.”
” COVID is the biggest window of opportunity in a minimum of a generation if not 2, and we probably will not get it in another generation.
” If we are all driving towards customised health, we would need data on an absolutely various granularity and information that we share throughout limits because we are going to operate in really small subgroups. No country holds that. Going towards this part, likewise instantly imposes us to deal with the other 90%.
” This is how I would put the obstacle forward. The response to your question, yes, there is a difficulty so let’s utilize this chance to bridge it,” concluded Eliasen.
The challenges of disruptive services
Taghreed also asked the panel what they believed their biggest challenge to overcome was when developing disruptive services.
Al-Buhairan reacted: ” I’m a big believer in interruption. I’m a big believer in rocking the boat sometimes and changing the course due to the fact that often when you’re rocking the boat or shaking that mindset, that is what will get individuals to open their eyes.
” When we discuss interruption in healthcare, specifically, I think any interruption with health care will gain its benefits and dividends and yes, there might be some unintended consequences that we might have not understood. But A, they are unintended and B, ideally, they will be very little and be immaterial to the grand scheme of the advantage that we’re trying to pursue.”
The panel concluded the session by sharing their viewpoint and comparisons from the lessons gained from the Nordic health movement and Saudi Arabia’s digital journey, and how to apply these lessons to the Saudi 2030 vision.
We’re going to learn a lot from other industries that have absolutely nothing to do with health.
” The opposite is, while technology drives development, if we want to steer it in a certain instructions, we need to determine what are the cornerstones we wish to be within.”
Al-Buhairan explained his views on the Vision 2030 and how disruption will assist in the Kindom’s plans: “The reality of it is huge. It is more enthusiastic than anything I’ve seen in my lifetime at a nationwide level.
” The reality of it is, we’ve already been in that transformation for a variety of years, so we’ve currently seen a great deal of change. At the financial level, at the social level, a number of various reforms that have taken place within healthcare, there still is an improvement going on there.
” If we want to attain that aspiration, my sincere view is, we will absolutely require to be disruptive since the truth of it is, we’re attempting to do what other nations have actually carried out in 30, and 40 years within a 10-15 year timeline.”
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