Marvel has confirmed that the Infinity Stones were all “destroyed” after the defeat of Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.
The mad titan was seen to have destroyed the stones after executing his masterplan in Avengers: Infinity War, only for the Avengers to journey back through their history to reclaim the stones from the past.
Each of the stones was returned to its original timeline at the end of the movie, theoretically restoring the timeline to its settled state.
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In a series of videos posted on the official Marvel Instagram account, the status of each of the six stones is listed as “destroyed”, confirming they will not appear in future films.
However, the MCU has shown its willingness to deal in time travel already and the introduction of the idea of a “multiverse” means it would be wrong to rule out the stones resurfacing down the line.
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For now, the Infinity Stones have been put to bed following the positioning of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home as the concluding chapters in the 23-movie “Infinity Saga”.
The stones loomed large over all of those films, being introduced gradually and then becoming the focus of Thanos — the franchise’s ultra-powerful Big Bad.
The MCU’s fourth phase is due to begin in November with Black Widow, which was originally set to be released in May before it was delayed due to the coronavirus.
Disney shuffled the release dates of the Phase Four movies in the wake of the pandemic, with The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and an untitled Spider-Man film due for release in 2021.
Most of the movies in the Infinity Saga are available to stream via Disney+.
Only the two Spider-Man solo films and The Incredible Hulk are not viewable for subscribers.