One of six Infinity Gems that grant its user control over reality. According to the most commonly accepted origin story the six gems were once part of an all-powerful being who committed suicide out of loneliness. Its power survived and manifested as six gems.
The Soul Gem was in the possession of the High Evolutionary when he oversaw the rebirth of Adam Warlock. He gifted the gem to Warlock to aid him in his mission to save the world of Counter-Earth. During that time, Warlock primarily used the gem's powers to restore evil New Men to their pre-evolved animal forms.
After leaving Counter-Earth, Warlock started to become more aware of the Soul Gem's hidden dark side. He found it difficult to control its tendency to steal the souls of others. He soon found a way to communicate with the gem's consciousness and learned that it was "one of six". Shortly afterwards, Thanos had gathered the other five and siphoned off the power from Warlock's sixth to creath a giant, synthetic Soul Gem. After defeating Thanos and destroying the large gem, Warlock had his own soul absorbed into his Soul Gem by his time-travelling past self, where he lived peacefully within the inner world of the gem along with his friends Pip, Gamora, and the gem's other stolen souls.
The Soul Gem was left atop Warlock's grave, where it was picked up by the Gardener to replace the gem he earlier discarded. The Gardener went to the subatomic world of K'ai to create a new garden on the devastated planet and refused to let any of its doomed people access it. This brought him into conflict with the visiting Hulk, who snatched the gem and threw it through the ground into the planet's core, where it revitalized life on the surface.
Gardener somehow retrieved the Gem from K'ai's core without affecting life on the world's surface and later joined up with a conclave of other Elders of the Universe in a plot to use the Gems to further their ambitions. While the other Elders worked towards gathering the rest of the Gems, Gardener's connection to plantlife enhanced by the Soul Gem was instrumental in detecting and entrapping Mantis and Shalla-Bal for use as hostages against the Silver Surfer, who opposed them and held the final Gem. The Elders' gambit was ultimately successful in gathering all six Gems. They connected them into a space platform aligned with a star system with six desolate planets the Gems could resonate with, setting up a trap for Galactus. Their apparatus would steal planetary energies from Galactus, channeling them into the planets, thus killing Galactus and subsequently Eternity due to the loss of balance that Galactus maintained. The universe would end and be reborn, with only the Elders surviving due to their earlier victory over Death and as such be true Elders of the new universe as Galactus had been in theirs. Though the Elders successfully trapped Galactus, they failed to handle interference from his heralds. While the Silver Surfer blocked the ray from the Gem apparatus, Nova detonated the star at the center of the system, creating a black hole that consumed the Gems and some of the Elders, saving Galactus.
The Elders joined with the In-Betweener in a further scheme to kill Galactus, retrieving the Gems from the black hole. In-Betweener took the Soul Gem, joining with the possessive sentience it contained. Galactus recruited the Silver Surfer, Reed, and Sue Richards to help him by retrieving the Gems, particularly the one Gem with the power to harvest souls, which he needed to remove the Elders he had earlier consumed that were poisoning him. They flew into the black hole and emerged in the realm of Lord Chaos and Master Order, entities whose personalities began to affect Sue and Reed respectively. Sue's Malice persona emerged, making her into a threat that stole the Gems for herself, and in the process of getting them back from her, the In-Betweener possessed Reed via the Soul Gem. The In-Betweener then revealed himself and the Elders in their plot to kill Galactus, leading to an all-out confrontation in Order/Chaos' realm. Master Order and Lord Chaos ultimately got involved to break up the fight and redistributed the Gems among the In-Betweener and the Elders afterwards, with the one that would soon be revealed as the true Soul Gem left with the In-Betweener imprisoned in their realm.
- The Soul Gem is sentient; it has a desire to collect souls
- The gem can attack another's soul in various ways
- The gem can reveal information by peering into another's soul or using the 'Cold Light of Truth'
- The gem can trap souls inside itself in an idyllic world.
- The gem's wielder can access the memories and skills of those imprisoned within Soul World
- The gem can revert beings to their natural state.
- The gem protects its wielder from soul-based attacks.
- The gem can disrupt the anima of a soul with a karmic blast rendering the target temporarily unconscious. Certain beings are immune to this attack.
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- No trivia.
- 206 Appearances of Soul Gem
- 16 Minor Appearances of Soul Gem
- 8 Media Soul Gem was Mentioned in
- 83 Images featuring Soul Gem
- Item Gallery: Soul Gem
Links and References
- ↑ Marvel Premiere #1
- ↑ Warlock Vol 1
- ↑ Strange Tales # 178
- ↑ Warlock # 15
- ↑ Avengers Annual # 7
- ↑ Incredible Hulk # 248
- ↑ Silver Surfer Vol 3 #7
- ↑ Silver Surfer Vol 3 #8
- ↑ West Coast Avengers Annual #2
- ↑ Silver Surfer Vol 3 #9
- ↑ Silver Surfer Vol 3 #15
- ↑ Silver Surfer Vol 3 #16
- ↑ Silver Surfer Vol 3 #18
- ↑ Thanos Quest #1
- ↑ New Avengers Vol 3 #3