Before we came to know the location of the Soul Stone, fans had been expecting the Soul Stone to be at Wakanda under Black Panther’s protection. It was easy to believe since Wakanda was the most technologically superior country and it had the means to guard something as precious as that. The Black Panther film didn’t refer to it, and until the Infinity War hit the big screen, fans were clueless about its location.
However, in Avengers: Infinity War, Gamora disclosed it was at Planet Vormir. Later Thanos and Gamora went there, and they came across Red Skull who guarded the access to the Stone. He informed Thanos that he had to sacrifice someone he loved if he wanted to get his hands on the Soul Stone. With a heavy heart, Thanos tossed Gamora off the cliff and acquired the Infinity Stone.
Dan Deleeuw is Marvel’s VFX supervisor, and he shared that the ‘Soul Stone’ was supposed to be much more sinister. Thanos was going to walk on a river of the blood of his victims, but, they later felt it was too gory. Although this is a bit surprising as the movie’s premise is about the cosmic lord who eventually slaughtered trillions of living beings to fulfill his fancy.
The writers of Avengers: Infinity War further elaborated about the Soul Stone.
“There was a lot of speculation as to where the Soul Stone was, right? We never wanted to give that chip away,” co-writer Stephen McFeely pointed out. “We didn’t want it to be somewhere you already knew. We didn’t want some other movie to plant it. We wanted to use it as a story point.”
“We didn’t want it to be random either. Like it’s on Planet X,” co-writer Christopher Markus noted. “Which happens to have lots of, you know spiders on it. That would be difficult.”
McFeely further said, “It becomes a secret for one of our characters, and therefore it becomes emotional.”
“We already had that problem right? You knew a lot of places where the stones were so if you knew every one of them there was going to be much less mystery, and just on a screenwriting level, it was really important to us to have a mystery. What does Gamora know that you all don’t know? It’s fun; there’s a whole thing where every letter spells out Thanos’ name, like why didn’t we think of that!”
Christopher Markus confessed that they enjoyed reading the various theories online which were all far off the mark. He added:
“Sometimes you read it and go ‘that’s really quite clever…much too clever. I mean also the…I’m thinking of the theory that said it was in Wakanda. Like, they can’t all be on Earth. I know we’re a very important planet, but we’re not the most. You can’t have all of them here, and then we have the opportunity to go to space, and…what was it, the original He-Man movie where they ran out of money, and the rest of it takes place in a parking lot in Encino. Like we have the money. We can go up there.”
The Avengers: Infinity War has a mind-blowing ensemble cast including Josh Brolin (Thanos), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Vin Diesel (Groot), Jeremy Reiner (Hawkeye), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Tom Holland (Spiderman), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlett Witch), Karen Gillian (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Dave Bautista (Drax), Paul Bettany (Vision).
You can read the official Avengers: Infinity War synopsis below:
“Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment”.