Marvel: Wakanda Should Be Home To The Soul Stone in The MCU
Marvel fans have the dates February 16th, 2018 and May 4th, 2018 circled on their calendars. Those are the next two release dates for films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The first film, Black Panther, will give fans a closer look at Wakanda, the home of the title character. Moreover, they will follow this up with the third installment in the Avengers’ franchise, with Avengers: Infinity War.
Both films will be extremely important to the future of MCU. Between the two films, fans will finally get the answer to one of the biggest questions that exist in the universe: Where is the Soul Stone?
For those of you who are unaware, Infinity War will see Thanos, along with his Black Order, working to collect the six Infinity Stones. The end goal will be to have all six stones, so they can be placed in the Infinity Gauntlet. This will result in Thanos wielding an insane amount of power.
To date, we know where five of the six stones are. The Mind Stone is held in the head of Vision. The Power Stone is on Xandar with the Nova Corps. Then there is the Reality Stone, which is in the possession of Benicio Del Toro’s character, the Collector. The Time Stone with Doctor Strange. Writers led fans to believe that Loki, from Asgard, took the Space Stone at the end of Thor: Ragnarok. That leaves the Soul Stone.
Most people assumed that Heimdall was in possession of this stone. Given it is orange in color, and that is the color that is associated with the man who can see all the souls in the universe, it seemed like a sound theory. But when it did not show up in Ragnarok, it left the fans puzzled.
That leads us to the next most popular theory, which states the stone is in Wakanda. Given the home of Black Panther is full of extremely cool technology, it would not come as a surprise to learn a cosmic stone was in play.
Now let’s look at this from a big picture point of view. For starters, having the stone show up in Marvel’s next film gives the movie an extra layer of importance. Not only will fans be interested in how the story unfolds, but it also will have them wondering where the stone ends up at the conclusion of the film.
In addition, it gives Black Panther some more meaning in the overarching storyline with Thanos. As things stand right now, the presence of the Winter Soldier in Wakanda is what will draw T’Challa back into the MCU’s bigger picture. But by giving him the Soul Stone come the end of his film, his entire country gets drawn into the Thanos saga. This will allow for more of the Black Panther supporting characters to fit into the Infinity War story more organically.
Finally, it simply makes for a better chase. If Heimdall had the stone, it would be like handing two stones to Thanos in one shot. At the end of Ragnarok, they show Thanos’ ship. The writers allude to the fact that it will be attacking the ship carrying the likes of Thor, Hulk, Loki, and Heimdall.
Rumor is Loki is going to hand over the Space Stone to save himself. Heimdall would not make things that easy for the Mad Titan. But given his presence on the ship, it’s unlikely Thanos would not attack Heimdall for the second stone right then and there.
They are spreading the remaining stones out across the MCU landscape. The Guardians are likely to try to protect the Power and Reality stones. Obviously Doctor Strange will do his best in protecting the Time Stone. Additionally, he could have some help from some of the Avengers, much like Vision could with the Mind Stone.
By placing the final stone in Wakanda, we know that Black Panther will try to save it. We can assume Winter Soldier would be woken up to help in that fight. Given Bucky’s relationship with Captain America, it would not be too far-fetched to see Cap and some of his “Avengers on the run” help in that fight.
So at the end of the day, it just makes too much sense to have the Soul Stone in the fictional African nation. So, what do you think? Where will Marvel have the Soul Stone show up? Is it in Wakanda? Will Heimdall have it after all? Or is it somewhere else entirely? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!