The Space Stone was one of the six Infinity Stones, the remnant of a singularity that predated the universe, which represented the element of space. Housed within the Tesseract, over the course of history it was wielded by many individuals, including Johann Schmidt of HYDRA, Mar-Vell of the Kree Empire, the Skrulls, and Loki of Asgard. During the Infinity War, the Tesseract was shattered by Thanos, who put the Space Stone inside his Infinity Gauntlet. After Thanos successfully wiped out half of life, he destroyed the Space Stone, along with the other Infinity Stones to prevent his work being undone.
In 2023, the Avengers initiated a Time Heist in order to resurrect the victims of the Snap. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk and Ant-Man were sent back in time to May 4, 2012 during the Battle of New York to retrieve the Space, Time and Mind Stones. However, in this alternate timeline, Loki was able to get the Tesseract and used it to escape custody, forcing Captain America and Iron Man to time travel to April 1970 to retrieve the Tesseract and more Pym Particles. Following the Battle of Earth, where Iron Man used all six stones to kill Thanos and his army at the cost of his own life, Captain America returned the Space Stone to 1970.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Origins
- 1.2 World War II
- 1.3 Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.
- 1.4 Loki's Invasion
- 1.5 On Asgard
- 1.6 Infinity War
- 1.7 Destruction
- 1.8 Alternate Universe Versions
- 2 Capabilities
- 3 Trivia
- 4 References
- 5 External Links
After the universe came to be, the Big Bang forged the remnants of six singularities into elemental crystals, dubbed the Infinity Stones, and hurtled them across the universe. Befitting its name, the Space Stone held dominion over the fabric of space being able to teleport its users anywhere in the universe. The Space Stone was eventually housed in a cubic containment device, which came to be known as the Tesseract.
The earliest known people to possess the Space Stone were the Asgardians. Circa 965 A.D., Odin brought the Tesseract with him to planet Earth, in Tønsberg, Norway and left it there. In the legends of Norse mythology, the Tesseract came to be regarded as "the jewel of Odin's treasure room."
World War II
The Tesseract resurfaced in 1942 where it was procured by Red Skull who sought to use its power to mass-produce a line of advanced weaponry. The power he managed to extract was beyond what he imagined and gave him enough confidence to turn his back on the Third Reich entirely and make his own plans for world domination. In 1945, Schmidt managed to refine the Tesseract's power into a series of devastating bombs and a personal aircraft through which he intended to attack the United States of America.
His plane was boarded by Captain America, with the chaos of the fighting shaking the Tesseract free from its restraints. When Schmidt seized the artifact, it activated and, in disgust of his abuse of its power, banished him to Vormir, resting place of the Soul Stone, knowing he would never be able to make the sacrifice required for its power. The Tesseract then burned through the decks of the Valkyrie, eventually coming to rest in the Arctic Ocean where it was later recovered by Howard Stark.
After helping to found S.H.I.E.L.D., Howard Stark studied the Tesseract for some time and eventually theorized a new element based on its atomic structure. Due to the technology of his time, he was unable to actually synthesize the new element and instead substituted it with Palladium in his Arc Reactor prototypes. Howard left detailed notes on both the Tesseract and his new element in the hopes that his son would one day succeed where he had failed. Following Howard's passing, the Tesseract remained in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s care.
The Tesseract eventually found its way into the possession of Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.. Mar-Vell researched the Tesseract's power to create a Light-Speed Engine to help the Skrulls under her protection. Her research eventually drew the attention of Yon-Rogg who sought to claim the Tesseract for the Kree Empire only for the Light-Speed Engine to be destroyed when he came to confront the rogue scientist, its Space Stone derived energies bathing and bonding to Carol Danvers. In truth, the Tesseract had been safely stored in Mar-Vell's orbital laboratory.
Six years later, the Starforce arrived at Mar-Vell's Laboratory to try and claim the cube but Danvers and her allies managed to keep it from the Kree, after Goose swallowed it, storing it in her pocket dimensions inside her body. Sometime afterwards, Goose regurgitated it.
By 2010, the World Security Council had reactivated Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., an attempt to harness the Tesseract's power into advanced weaponry. Following Thor's arrival on Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. hired Doctor Erik Selvig to study the alien artifact and accelerate their progress.
In 2012, Loki found himself in the Sanctuary and met Thanos who agreed to supply him with a Chitauri army with which to conquer Earth in exchange for the Tesseract. By remote manipulation of its energies, Loki used the Space Stone within the Tesseract to teleport himself to Earth and brainwashed several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and personnel, including Selvig and Clint Barton, to safely contain the Tesseract's energies to open a stable wormhole for the Chitauri to invade through. Though the Chitauri made planetfall in New York City, they were defeated by the newly-formed Avengers. Afterwards, Thor used the power of the Space Stone within the Tesseract to take it, along with himself and Loki, back to Asgard.
Back on Asgard, Thor entrusted the Tesseract to Heimdall, who used its power to restore the Rainbow Bridge, allowing Asgard to harness the Bifrost once again, before storing the Tesseract back in Odin's Vault. The following year, after managing to gain possession of the Reality Stone, the Asgardians found it unwise to keep two Infinity Stones in Odin's Vault and instead traveled to Knowhere, giving it to the Collector to store in his museum.
In 2017, Hela inspected the treasures in the vault and admitted the Tesseract was "not bad", but dismissed it in favor of the Eternal Flame. When Loki sought to enact Ragnarök, he passed by the Tesseract and secretly took it with him. Unaware of this, Thor assumed the Tesseract had been destroyed with the rest of Asgard. Thanos, who detected the Tesseract aboard the Statesman, intercepted it via the Sanctuary II.
Acquired by Thanos
After slaughtering half of the remaining population, Thanos demanded the Tesseract. In an effort to stall him, Loki attempted to use the Tesseract as a distraction long enough for the Hulk to defeat Thanos. However, Thanos defeated the Hulk and crushed the Tesseract, to take possession of the Space Stone. After placing it in the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos used its power to halt one of Loki's daggers before teleporting himself and the Black Order away.
Thanos used the Space Stone to travel to Knowhere for the Reality Stone where he abducted Gamora. Bringing her back to the Sanctuary II, he revealed to her that he had captured Nebula and tortured her using the Power and Space Stones to force Gamora into revealing the Soul Stone’s location, and used the Space Stone to travel to Vormir, taking her with him to collect it.
Thanos then made his way to his homeworld of Titan where he was confronted by Iron Man, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and some of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Thanos made liberal use of the Space Stone during the battle first using it to harmlessly funnel the kinetic energy of Stark’s projectiles before sending it back at him. In an ultimate display of the Space Stone's power, he used it to send the Power Stone’s energies to Titan's moon, ripping it to shreds before using the Space Stone to send the chunks hurtling towards the planet's surface.
Thanos later used it to collapse the remnants of a doorway to the Mirror Dimension into a singularity which he then used as a weapon against Strange before using it with the Reality Stone to briefly alter Titan's terrain to defeat Strange. Upon defeating Stark, Thanos prepared to use all four of the Stones in his possession to execute him before Strange bartered the Time Stone for Stark’s life. Thanos then used the Space Stone to teleport himself to Wakanda on Earth.
Upon arrival, he used the Space Stone to phase the Hulkbuster armor through him and into a rock wall as well as knock down Sam Wilson, before using it to vaporize all of James Rhodes's bullets and then create compression forces around the War Machine armor, grounding it. He then used the Space Stone to defend himself from Wanda Maximoff's stream of energy. After completing the Gauntlet, Thanos utilized all six Stones to enact the Snap, wiping out half of all life in the universe. He then used the Space Stone one last time to teleport himself to the Garden.
Alternate Universe Versions
Seized by the TVA
In 2023, the Avengers initiated a Time Heist, where they used the Quantum Realm to time travel to acquire all six Infinity Stones from alternate timelines in order to restore the victims of the Snap. Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Bruce Banner, and Scott Lang were sent to an alternate 2012. However, Stark and Lang's attempt to acquire the Space Stone resulted in failure when an alternate Loki took possession of the Tesseract and used the Stone’s power to create a wormhole and escape.
Arriving in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, alternate Loki and the Tesseract were swiftly found and taken by the Time Variance Authority to their headquarters. The Tesseract was confiscated by the TVA and placed into evidence by a TVA worker named Casey, where it was held in a drawer with other Infinity Stones from alternate timelines, including other Space Stones. Later, Loki retrieved the Tesseract and attempted to use it to escape the TVA, but discovered that Infinity Stones had no power within the confines of the headquarters.
Tony Stark and Scott Lang retreated to their rendezvous point, informing Steve Rogers of their failure. Rogers inquired as to whether there was another place in time where they could safely steal the cube, only to be reminded by Lang that they each only had one Pym Particle left, which was only enough for the trip home. As they lamented in their current situation, Stark remembered that Howard Stark and Hank Pym both worked at Camp Lehigh in New Jersey on April 7, 1970, meaning that both the Tesseract and a supply of Pym Particles would be stored there. Stark successfully infiltrated the base with Rogers, and using his glasses to search for a gamma signature was able to locate the Tesseract, placing it within a discarded briefcase.
After successfully transporting the alternate versions of the Stones to the main timeline, the Space Stone was extracted from the Tesseract and placed in the Nano Gauntlet. Using the Gauntlet, Banner harnessed the power of the six stones to restore the victims in the Blip, albeit losing the ability to use his right arm in the process.
In the culmination of the Battle of Earth, the six Stones were used by Stark to kill an alternate Thanos and his army. Afterwards, Rogers was sent back into the Quantum Realm in order to put back the Infinity Stones to their timelines and journeyed to the alternate 1970 timeline to return the Space Stone, albeit without the Tesseract.
Powering the HYDRA Stomper
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In Thanos's Possession
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Age of Ultron
As the Infinity Stone that represents and governs over space, the Space Stone grants the wielder absolute control over space itself. It is primarily used to open portals to other locations and can even allow interdimensional travel. As one of the six Infinity Stones, the Space Stone ranks as among the most powerful artifacts in the universe, with Black Widow saying it has the power to wipe out an entire planet. Out of all the artifacts on Odin's Vault, it was the only one that managed to impress Hela, who said it was "not bad". Like with all other Infinity Stones, it can only be used safely by beings of sufficient power. Lesser beings are quickly consumed by it, to the point of being banished into the depths of space through a wormhole, as evidenced with Red Skull being quickly consumed by it when he touched it and was then transported to Vormir. Steel is quickly melted through by touching it and specialized gloves will only keep the Stone from consuming any human bearer for seconds before killing them, with it still being painful.
Drawing power from space, the Space Stone's source of energy is so great that many consider its volumes of energy to be unlimited. Due to this, the Space Stone is capable of powering or repairing objects and artifacts of incredible power, such as the Rainbow Bridge. A single spark of its power was enough to create a small explosion. HYDRA was able to use the Space Stone's energy within the Tesseract to power advanced vehicles and weapons of mass destruction including guns, tanks, and bombs that vaporized their targets. The Space Stone also emits low levels of gamma radiation when inside the Tesseract, which interfered with Selvig's methods of harnessing its energy source and later allowed the Avengers to track its movements.
Notably, the Stone is also implied to have a form of limited sentience and degree of intelligence. Remarks by Erik Selvig refer to the Tesseract as a "she", even before his domination by the Mind Stone. He frequently describes the Stone as exhibiting and performing sentient emotion and acts, such as "misbehaving", and wanting to "show [Earth] something." When they turn off power used to harness its energy, the Space Stone turns the power back on using its energy source. Wherever the Space Stone is drawing its cosmic power from, it appears to be able to be manipulated from the other endpoint as well. Curiously, when the Tesseract was brandished by an unworthy Red Skull, a man who greedily sought the Stones themselves, the Space Stone seemed to purposefully banish him to Vormir, where he would be doomed to an ironic fate -becoming the eternal keeper of the Soul Stone, but forever unable to wield it himself.
After Thanos inserts it into the Infinity Gauntlet, it is shown that when wielded by someone who truly understands and masters its powers, the Stone's control over space can be used to gain a wide range of potent and dangerous capabilities that are not limited to simple teleportation, with Thanos displaying that with his strong understanding and mastery over the Space Stone's powers, he is able to use the Stone liberally in battle to great effect, as seen by his skillfully warping the fabric of space to achieve a variety of powerful effects that he very effectively employed.
Aside from the ability to create portals and wormholes throughout the Universe, Thanos has been shown to be able to expertly use the Space Stone to warp the fabric of space to generate powerful spatial pressure around his surroundings, capable of crushing, pulling and freezing with tremendous force in a manner akin to telekinesis enable him to manipulate and move objects with just a single gesture of the Gauntlet, an ability that proved to be among Thanos' most often used. Thanos was able to use the Stone to casually freeze Loki's knife mid-stab in an instant, effortlessly crush the guns on War Machine Armor: Mark IV and ground it, and crush the wings on the EXO-7 Falcon to knock him down. The Space Stone's spatial induced telekinesis is so strong that Thanos was even able to use it to telekinetically pull the shattered fragments of Titan's moon across space to rain down on the attacking Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy during the Battle of Titan.
He also gains far more varied capabilities in combat apart from telekinesis using the Space Stone, such as the ability to create powerful and devastating singularities capable of compressing and sucking anything in their path, as after shattering a gateway to the Mirror Dimension thrown by Doctor Strange, Thanos used the Stone to compress the gateway's fragments into a destructive black hole to throw back at the sorcerer. Thanos even shows that he has the skill needed to use the Space Stone to phase and unphase objects out of space, rendering them incorporeal and just as easily make them corporeal again, such as when Thanos used the Stone to phase the attacking Bruce Banner out of space, causing him to fall through him harmlessly and fall into a cliff and then make him corporeal again to trap him in solid stone. Thanos also shows he can manipulate the Space Stone's energy reserves to conjure extremely strong blue energy force-fields capable of instantly vaporizing the bullets of War Machine's armor and even blocking the energy of Scarlet Witch.
Thanos displays the ability to combine the Space Stone with the other Stones to enhance its effects and make it capable of a larger variety of feats. Combined with the Power Stone, Thanos can even warp and manipulate energy, using the Gauntlet to absorb the explosive energy of Iron Man's missiles, and redirect it at the Avenger as a single concentrated beam of fiery energy. Together with the Reality Stone, Thanos can manipulate the terrain at such a scale as of to pull the surface of Titan itself towards him in order to grab the mid-air Doctor Strange.
In addition, Thanos displays that with his incredible level of precision and control over the portals opened by the Space Stone, he is able to collectively select what gets teleported alongside him and can even remove objects forcibly attached on his person, as he removed the impaled Stormbreaker from his chest upon warping away. It is also shown that the portals's size can be decided by the wielder and can take multiple people or just one other individual, as Thanos was able to create a big enough portal to envelop him and his children to warp them out of the Statesman and later he warped Gamora alongside him to the Sanctuary II and Vormir, as well as that the portals also allows the wielder to influence the location the portal was opened to without directly warping there, as Thanos was able to use the Space Stone to send the Power Stone's energies to the moon without personally going there.
After the Infinity Gauntlet was completed and the Space Stone reached its full potential, alongside the other Infinity Stones, it allowed Thanos to kill off half of all life in the universe with a simple snap of his fingers even after he had been grievously wounded by Thor. The Space Stone's part in the genocide was apparently to allow the influence of the other Stones to affect the whole universe. However, using all six Stones in this manner at such a weakened state caused the Stones' combined power to nearly overwhelm him, and the Gauntlet and his left arm were left scorched by the release of energy.
- In the comics, the Space Gem was a purple Infinity Gem that increases the speed of its user and allows them to be teleported wherever they want. It was shattered alongside four of the other Infinity Gems, aside from the Time Stone, when the Illuminati tried to stop another universe from colliding with their own in the cosmic event of Secret Wars (2015). After the restoration of the universe, the Infinity Gems were recreated, with the Space Gem now being blue.
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