A Strange Theory About a Gem
Doctor Strange has hit theaters, introducing us all to the next Infinity gem: the Time Gem. Locked inside the Eye of Agamotto, the time Gem allows Strange to defeat the entity Dormammu by trapping him in a Groundhog Day style time loop. For those who have not been keeping track, that leaves us with only one Gem left in the set: the Soul Gem.
So far, the power coming from the gems has matched the color of the gem being used. When the Space Gem (Tesseract) was used to power the Red Skulls weapons in Captain America: First Avenger, the shots fired by the weapons were blue. In Thor: The Dark World, the mists, forces, and clouds caused by the Reality Gem (Aether) were red. In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Power Gem gave off purple energy upon activation. Finally, in Doctor Strange, the “magic” emitted from the Time Stone (Eye of Agamotto) was green. Each of the gems are color coded. When we see the power of a gem being used, we know which one has been activated.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Collector tells the group about the infinity gems and we get a brief look at all 6 of them. The only one that we have not seen since then is the orange one that we now know is the Soul Gem.
In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One explains to Strange (paraphrasing here) that the power comes from within. It has nothing to do with the physical body, but rather the soul. When the hero’s conjure up weapons, they are orange (starting to see a pattern here?), establishing the power of the “soul” to be orange.
So why does this matter? What is the point? It matters because Mordo has the Soul Gem! According to Wikipedia (I know, not the best site to use as a source) the Soul Gem abilities are as such: “Allows the user to steal, control, manipulate, and alter souls, living or dead, and is the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe that is much like heaven. It also has the ability to steal the powers and abilities of others. The Soul Gem is sentient and has a hunger for souls. It is often considered to be the most dangerous and corrupting of all the gems as well as being referred to as having the potential to be the most powerful. Mastery of the gem would allow the user to control all life in the universe”. In the final scene at then end of the credits, we see Mordo pay a visit to Pangborn. Mordo declares that he believes that there are too many sorcerers in the world and then proceeds to steal Pangborn’s abilities. This is shown as and orange mist or energy flowing from Pangborn to Mordo. This shows that Mordo has the Soul Gem! Since we do not see the gem itself, there is no way to know how he is using it. It could be contained in the Staff of the Living Tribunal (the magic from that artifact was also shown as orange) or in some other artifact that we do not see, but it stands to reason that Mordo is in possession of the final stone.
This also gives dual meaning to Mordo’s statement of “the bill come due”. Mordo waging war on sorcerers is a direct consequence of Strange using the Time Gem. The other meaning would refer to Thanos. When the gems are used, Thanos takes notice.
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