WARNING – Major Avengers: Infinity War Spoilers Ahead
After watching Avengers: Infinity War, most fans were in complete shock at the events that they just watched transpire. Hero after hero vanished before our eyes, but the most shocking death didn’t come at the end, it came as Thanos attempted to get his hands on his fourth gem, the Soul Stone. Unlike the rest of the Infinity Stones, which were held by different characters we’ve been introduced to throughout the first 18 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Soul Stone was still hidden from sight. Only one hero knew of its whereabouts, and that hero was Gamora.
While many of us were prepared for the loss of characters, losing such an important member of the Guardians of the Galaxy was unexpected, especially when you consider that it was already announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was on the way. When Gamora led Thanos to the Soul Stone after watching her sister Nebula get tortured by the hands of their father, it was revealed that in order to get the Soul Stone, one would have to sacrifice something they loved. A soul for a soul. With his favorite daughter being the only thing Thanos loved, Gamora was thrown off the cliff on the planet Vormir and Thanos was granted the Soul Stone.
After the film’s release, fans all over the world started discussing this event, along with Thanos ending up in what many thought to be inside the Soul Stone or the Soulworld after collecting all six Infinity Stones and snapping his fingers. There were plenty of theories surrounding the Soul Stone in the lead up to the film, but none of them were correct. This theory, though, seems to be right on the money, according to Joe Russo.
When asked about this by students at Iowa City High School (per Iowa City Press-Citizen), the co-director explained…
“Yeah it’s implied [that] it’s the Soul Stone. It’s all orange around, then he’s inside the Soul Stone with the amount of power that it took to snap his fingers – he has this out of body experience with Thanos. When he goes inside the Soul Stone he has this kind of conversation with the younger version of his Gamora.”