Power, time, space, soul, mind, and reality - This is how I speculate the six Infinity Stones will function in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 8, 2016 at 9:18 a.m. PST | Comments: 57

So with the announcement of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, we were able to get a small glimpse at some of the features and mechanics of the game. One of the mechanics revealed was the ability to choose between the Infinity Stones to use during gameplay.

These Infinity Stones appear to work very similarly to the x-factor mechanic of Marvel vs. Capcom 3. This puts the player's characters in a special state that further augments their abilities.

The trailers only revealed two of the six Infinity Stones though. This leaves us room to speculate on how the other four stones will work.

We'll be looking at the appearance of the stones within the Marvel movies and how they functioned in the old Capcom video game, Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems.

Note that there are minor spoilers regarding plot points in the Marvel movies contained in this post.

Power Infinity Stone

This stone is known as the Orb within the cinematic Marvel universe. This particular stone appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

During the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, the Orb ended up being too powerful for most beings to touch for an extended period of time. If they held it for too long they, well, exploded.

I think it's safe to say this probably won't happen in the game. Especially considering that we've already seen what the Power Stone can do from the trailers we've seen so far.

Similar to how the Power Stone functioned in the Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, the character appears to be granted extra attack power. Although we also see that it enables an extra move while the Power Stone is activated.

Although we have not seen an instance of any move granting armored frames, I can see this stone enabling attacks to have armor breaking properties while under the influence of the Power Infinity Stone.

During the gameplay trailer, we see Ryu clutch the stone and shout "Power Stone!" If the opponent is too close, they'll be wall bounced.

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Time Infinity Stone

So I have personally not seen the Dr. Strange movie yet, but research seems to indicate that the Time Stone was in this movie. This stone is supposedly called the Eye Of Agamotto.

Luckily though, this is the second stone we saw in the gameplay trailer. This is the stone that appears to grant the characters extra speed.

This stone looks like it grants the character faster movement speed.

Of course, this is how the Time Stone worked in the Marvel Super Heroes game, for the most part. The stone may also be increasing Captain Marvel's attack speed too.

During the trailer, we see Captain Marvel very rapidly chain into attacks after activating the Time Infinity Stone's special ability.

In addition to extra speed, the stone appears to also grant the playable character an extra command dash.

Using this stone's abilities, the character utilizing the stone is able to cross over to the other side of the player and appears to be invincible during the dash.

Space Infinity Stone

This particular stone appeared in both the Captain America movie and the first Avengers movie. In the movies, it was called the Tesseract.

This was the stone that sucked up Red Skull near the end of the first Captain America movie. It was also the stone that Loki used during the first Avengers movie in order to open portals that allowed for the invasion that occurred during the movie.

In Marvel Super Heroes, this gem gave the playable character the ability to jump higher. Supposedly, this was done as a result of the altered gravitational fields.

The ability to jump higher might be more useful in a beat-em up platformer than a fighter. This could hint at the stone's abilities revolving around being in the air though.

I could see the Space Inifinty Stone unlocking an extra jump or air dash for the character. Characters that can't double jump would be allowed access to a double jump.

If the character already has a double jump, then they would be able to triple jump. Of course, air dashing is also a possibility.

Similar to how some characters were able to temporarily fly in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, this may grant characters with the ability of flight who originally weren't able to fly.

Soul Infinity Stone

This is currently the only Infinity Stone that has not appeared in any of the Marvel movies.

This stone granted extra vitality to the player in Marvel Super Heroes. In other words, this extended the number of hits that the playable character was able to take before losing a life.

I think that we should expect this stone to augment the player's survivability in some fashion. This stone could give the playable character better resistance to damage, causing the character's life bar to deplete slower to connected attacks.

I can also see this stone granting the character health regeneration. This will either occur naturally, or at least require the character to actively attack the opponent to regain health.

Perhaps the usable ability of this stone will grant the character armor for a short period of time.

Mind Infinity Stone

The Mind Stone is known as the Scepter in the Marvel movies. This Infinity Stone was used by Loki in the first Avengers movie.

You may remember certain characters like Hawkeye being mind controlled as a result of Loki's scepter. This was the power of the Mind Stone.

This is also the stone now found on the Vision's forehead.

Apparently, this stone was used used by the game's final boss, Thanos. The stone itself was never usable by the player.

The Mind Stone was what allowed Thanos to attack from a distance in the Marvel Super Heroes game. I'm personally not so sure that this stone will grant the characters extra projectile attacks in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

This stone could potentially affect the hyper or super meter of the character wielding this stone. It's possible that this stone will cause the character's meter to slowly rise.

This could also make it so that the character gains more meter from direct attacks. Maybe it will allow the character to freely whiff attacks for free meter similar to how whiffing attacks granted meter in Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Being able to generate excessive amounts of meter would be a very powerful addition to any character.

Reality Infinity Stone

The stone that was important to Thor: The Dark World was the Reality Stone. The stone was referred to as the Aether in the movie.

During the movie, this stone appeared to open up portals similar to the Space Infinity Stone. This particular stone seems to emphasize a more chaotic nature when compared to the Space Infinity Stone though.

In Marvel Super Heroes, this stone apparently allowed the player to find hidden items because of expanded perception. I think it is safe to say that this is probably not applicable to a fighting game.

This stone in particular is pretty difficult to make a prediction for. Speculating for this stone requires a bit of creativity.

The only thing that I can think of, is this stone giving the character extra reach with their attacks. These attacks would function like Dhalsim's stretchy limbs or how Phoenix Wright's pointing attacks work while in turnabout mode in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Maybe this could grant the character access to extra projectile attacks.

... That's all I got on this one. I'm not too confident about being right about this one.
So what are some of your predictions for the Infinity Stones? Let us know in the comments below.

Image Source: Marvel Comics.

GIFs source: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite trailer, Maximilian Dood YouTube channel.

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