The Mind Stone allows the wielder the ability to control an unlimited amount of psionic energy. Telekinesis, Telepathy and the ability to augment the mental states of the user. With the ability to convince anyone of anything, this stone would be crucial if the goal was to obtain all of the Infinity Stones. Simply convince everyone you do not exist upon extracting any information you needed. When combined with the other stones, the power increase to the point of being able to alter all minds that exist in the universe simultaneously.
In the comic books it was originally created when Nemesis destroyed itself; the Elders of the Universe bound all the Stones together to defeat Galactus. When the Elders ultimately fell, the Mind Stone then resided with the Grandmaster. Yet Thanos, using very clever trickery, inevitably obtained all the stones, as well as the Gauntlet, and the ensuing Infinity Wars began.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe(MCU) the Mind Stone was created from one of the 6 singularities that predated our universe, and was introduced without anyone but the hardcore fans recognizing it. In 2012 with The Avengers, Loki uses the Tesseract to transport himself to Earth wielding a Scepter. This Scepter held within it, the Mind Gem, and Loki quickly used it to take control of the mind of Hawkeye, Erik Selvig, and many others. Following the events of New York, the Scepter fell into the hands of HYDRA and they began experimenting with its power. HYDRA intended on using the scepter to power Chitauri weapons in the fight against SHIELD, but with the results being unsatisfactory Wolfgang Von Strucker, the lead HYDRA scientist, decided to advance the program to human experimentation. Using human test subjects, some even volunteers, resulted in many deaths and two extraordinary individuals, Wanda and Petro Maximoff, otherwise known as Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. With the discovery of Strucker’s base of operations The Avengers were dispatched to capture it and any weapons they had created. In Avengers: Age of Ultron we see The Avengers successfully take the base and obtain the Scepter. Stark began experimenting on the scepter hoping to figure out some of its secrets before Thor took it to Asgard. Stark was able to connect the internal stone with the his computer system and it immediately took over the Ultron program leading to the events in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Ultron having the incessant need to improve himself, stole the Scepter and extracted the Stone. He planned to use the stone to power a new body made entirely out of Vibranium that he would inhabit. The plan went south and the body Ultron created, juiced up by The Stone, was stolen and brought to life by The Avengers. This newly created being became known as The Vision. The Vision was deemed worthy to hold the stone by Thor, and until this date the stone resides with him on Earth.
During The Avengers we see Loki attempt to take over Stark’s mind with the scepter but see it come up against, and be denied by, Stark’s chest piece. The initial thought is simply, its metal, so it wouldn’t be able to conduct The Mind Stone’s power therefore leaving Tony safe from its effects. This logic doesn’t really apply since The Vision is made almost entirely of metal and is capable of utilizing its powers. The more interesting reason lies within what exactly Stark’s new chest piece is made of. In Iron Man 2 Stark has to create a new chest piece out of a “new element”. This new element was worked on by his father and successfully created by Tony. Stark’s father was able to examine the Tesseract for many decades and was able to recreate, at least theoretically, the element that the casing was composed of. Due to the limitations of his time, he was unable to actually create it, and he left that task to Tony. When Loki’s staff came into contact with Tony’s chest piece, it was essentially coming up against the exact element that was keeping it contained within the staff. Therefore, the Infinity Stone casing element shielded Tony from the effects of the Mind Stone.
With the Mind Stone residing on The Visions’ forehead, we have a situation setup now in which Thanos, wanting to obtain all the stones, has to kill The Vision. I suspect the Mind Stone will be the last stone Thanos obtains. Leaving it to the end would mirror the comic books, and would allow for some expert story telling. I think they will hold off until the end of Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 1, when The Avengers will witness Thanos tearing The Vision apart and taking control of the Mind Stone. Witnessing the most powerful team member being utterly destroyed would be the perfect ending to Part 1 and leave us with a sense of, “Well, we might actually lose this fight.” And would perfectly lead into Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 2.
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