It’s a new calendar year, and that must mean that Marvel Comics’ favorite form of cosmic power is back. Yes, the Infinity
Gems Stones are back.
Once upon a time, the Infinity Gems were held in awe by most Marvel fans. Featured in only a handful of stories, the Gems held power beyond comprehension, and were wielded by forces of nature given form. Most famously, that meant Thanos, the mad titan.
The arch-villain took the Marvel U by the ear and kicked it sideways in the original Infinity Gauntlet. That masterpiece of a crossover was an incredible comics moment, transcending Marvel and becoming something that fans of the medium just had to read.
In the time since that 1991 mini-series through a few years back, the Gems were rarely seen. They did appear from time to time, but not too often, and not much at all after the sequels to Gauntlet.
Marvel though, seems to have fallen in love with the idea of them after the Marvel Cinematic Universe began to tell its own version of the classic story. And basically, they’ve been a pretty constant presence in the old 616 ever since, even adopting the “Stones” name in place of “Gems”.
And so, that minor change in place one more time, here we go again.
INFINITE DESTINIES will trace the current whereabouts of the Infinity Stones, some of which some of which have fallen into the hands of Marvel’s newest breakout characters. Marvel’s biggest heroes know all too well the destruction that the Infinity Stones can herald, and each part of this saga will see an iconic character clash with a rising star.
While this is yet another Infinity Stone story, Infinite Destinies is a little bit different. For one thing, it’s smaller in scope. So far anyway, Marvel has only announced a trio of annuals that will play host to the tale. That will change, as Marvel says that other annuals will also be included in this one, through July and August. For now though, these are the only confirmed issues.
There’s one other notable thing about this story too, and it’s Black Cat. Her name is a decidedly odd one to read as being linked to a story about the Stones, and yet here she is.
Official rundowns are below.
- It all kicks off in IRON MAN ANNUAL #1 by writer Jed MacKay and artist Ibraim Roberson. When Iron Man learns about the strange people who kidnapped and tortured Miles Morales, he HAS to look into it. What he finds out about the Assessor and especially Quantum will shock you. Secrets are revealed in this in-depth look at some of the coolest new villains that will lay the groundwork for major future Marvel stories!
- The event continues in CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1 by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Marco Castiello. The fugitive known as Overtime broke out of death row when the Time Stone chose to bond with his soul, giving him powers he barely understood. Now, thanks to Captain America… his time is up.
- Part three will take place in BLACK CAT ANNUAL #1 by Jed MacKay and artist Joey Vazquez. Felicia Hardy’s latest caper finds herself on a deadly journey across Seoul, where she comes face to face with White Fox, Tiger Division, and the new hero who recently made his startling debut in the sold-out TASKMASTER #3: Taegukgi!
But it’s not over yet
Yes, there are more annuals yet to be announced, but today’s news isn’t over either. That’s because every annual issue that Infinite Destinies plays out in will also stock a Nick Fury adventure.
Each issue will also include a chapter of “Infinite Fury” starring the original Nick Fury. Fury’s own quest to find the current bearers of the Infinity Stones will take him all over the Marvel Universe and pit him against some very powerful people who will terrify both Fury and YOU!
How’s that for a tease?
As mentioned, there’s a lot more to come on Infinite Destinies, and we’ll have it for you here at BG. As for the first three issues of the new story, you can expect to see the Iron Man Annual #1 kicking things off on June 2nd, followed by the Captain America Annual #1 on the 9th, and finally the Black Cat Annual #1 on the 23rd.
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