All but one of the infinity stones has been found — but there is a problem with that. All of the stones have connections to characters, and we know that Thanos isn’t going to hold back when taking those stones. The two stones that aren’t on Earth — the power stone is held by the Nova Corps and reality stone is held by the Collector — don’t have any Avengers protecting them. In an interview with Screen Rant, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talked about Thanos collecting the stones and what that means for characters.
They’re still spread out. Remember, one of our jobs, we’re big structure guys. So if you go back and look at Winter Soldier and Civil War particularly, they are, whether you like the movies are not, they’re pretty well structured. Big choices have been made. We had to do the same thing here and yet we had 6 MacGuffins – it can be relentless if you do this right.
Which means, every time you collect [an Infinity Stone] – I don’t mean to get into the screenwriting weeds – but every time you collect one, it can’t just be a check mark. It has to do something characterful. It’s got to move the plot forward but it also has to have stakes and cost for literal characters at the time, so that it’s not just a shopping spree. And I think we’ve done that and boy, we’re going to wrench some emotion out of each and every one of those moments that we can.
There is going to be blood on the ground when Thanos comes for the infinity stones. We’ve seen the Vision and Doctor Strange getting hurt trying to protect their respective stones. The fall of the Nova Corps could be an interesting lead in to getting the character of Nova into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As for the Collector? We’ll be finding out if he really is an Elder of the Universe if Thanos comes for him.
Summary: As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality. Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Anthony Mackie. It will be released on April 27th.