A common theory surrounding the Infinity Stones is, that the first letter of the form they are found in combines to spell out the name Thanos. The images below show the theory in action, including a guess at where we might eventually see the Soul Gem (the only Infinity Stone not yet found as of Doctor Strange).

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Is there any truth in this fan speculation, or is it just a coincidence?

  • See: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/87643/…
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 11:04
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    @KutuluMike Didn't noticed it while positing and not even a regular there. Anyways someone might come up with a better answer here.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 11:12
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    Nah, you can easily make stuff like that up. Like, who possessed each stone at some point? Reality: Malekith, Time: Agamotto, Power: Ronan, Mind: Vision, Soul: ????? [Everyone?], Space: Loki. :P
    – Walt
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:12
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    Looking at the colours, I see: Space: Cyan. Mind: Yellow. Power: Blue. Soul: Orange. Reality: Red. Time: Green. So clearly this hints at a CYBORG!
    – celtschk
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 13:39
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    @Walt that's especially true when three of your letters are T, N, S -- the most commonly-used letters in the English language. Ask anyone who's seen Wheel of Fortune
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 15:13

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No, that's absolutely not true.

Even before Doctor Strange came out, this was unlikely to be true. See, for example, Thaddeus's excellent response to the same question on our sister site (with a lot of information pulled from the comics source material).

The big problem with the theory is that it requires you to start by assuming it's true, then work backward to pick names that fit. It's already on sketchy ground with the unnamed staff Loki has (why is that 's' and not 'l'? Because there's no 'l' in THANOS), and the orb from Guardians of the Galaxy. People then took this a step further to try and "guess" what 'n' and 'h' would be, and it got kinda silly.

But we now know where the Time Gem is. It's in the Eye of Agamatto. There is no 'e' in THANOS, and the 'a' is already covered by the Aether. There's no reasonable way to fit the Eye of Agamotto into this theory.

It was just a coincidence.

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    To fit the theory Eye of Agamattois counted as neckless and soul gem is speculated to be related to Heimdall as shown in images .
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 11:29
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    @AnkitSharma The fact that the Eye of Agamotto has to be renamed to "necklace" for this theory to work while the Tesseract is still called the Tesseract instead of just "cube" is evidence enough that this theory simply doesn't work. It's just as KutuluMike said - a theory that the evidence is being forced to fit, rather than a theory that the evidence naturally supports. Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 11:31
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    @AnkitSharma Typically "necklace" is used when the "chain" is a significant part of the piece; when the main point is the single central piece, it's generally referred to as a "pendant". When that central piece is considered magical, it's almost exclusively called an "amulet". So calling the Eye of Agamotto a "necklace" just to make it fit this name scheme is a pretty big stretch.
    – Tin Wizard
    Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 19:18

With the release of Infinity War, we can now definitively conclude that the theory was false.

The Soul Stone was

on the planet Vormir. It wasn't inside any artifact, nor was it associated with anything beginning with the letter "H".

So even if, at a stretch, you can say the N stands for Necklace, there is no reasonable way to make the Soul Stone fit the letter H. So it really was just coincidence.

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    Ha! The stone was on planet vormir, yes, but it was hidden behind a test of Heart! One in which Thanos was forced to kill that Hot green chick. Oh, and to close it all - the keeper was Hed Skull! /sarcasm
    – T. Sar
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 15:20
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    Please stop suggesting edits that try to justify what the H might stand for. That's the third one I've had to reject. If you disagree with my answer, post your own instead of vandalising mine. Thank you.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented May 20, 2018 at 13:48

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