SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Infinity Countdown Prime #1 by Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin and Cory Petit, on sale now.
The Infinity Stones are back in a major way throughout the Marvel Universe, which means every hero, villain, cosmic being and god is in search of them. Slowly but surely, the Stones have begun to materialize; the newly-resurrected Wolverine has the Space Stone, Guardians of the Galaxy's Drax is guarding the massive Power Stone, and Captain Marvel just returned from another dimension with the Reality Stone.
That leaves three Stones left to be claimed, which is one component of Marvel's Infinity Countdown event. The series prologue, Infinity Countdown Prime #1, checks in on all six Stones, revealing who can call themselves a lucky owner.
The majority of the characters in possession of an Infinity Stone are some of the biggest names in the Marvel Universe -- until you get to who has their hands on the Mind Stone. Of course, he's a character you may have heard of before, especially if you're familiar with Daredevil and Hell's Kitchen. However, this individual is not someone you would quickly associate with an object from the far reaches of space.
There's A Second Stone On Earth
As Infinity Countdown Prime's story progresses, we're told that Earth is the home of a second Infinity Stone, to go with the Space Stone that Wolverine is guarding. Readers are taken to a dark back alley in the New York City area, where a very confident man waltzes into an underground casino with the Mind Stone at the tip of his walking cane.
The opening page of the comic gives a breakdown of each Stone's powerset, where we learn the Mind Stone can grant telepathy or intelligence. Both powers appear to be in play, as the gambler offers a tip to the lovely lady that takes his coat -- and who he trusts not to steal from him -- and wins a card hand by somehow knowing the dealer would bust.
This lucky man is none other than small-time criminal, and overall annoyance to Daredevil, Turk Barrett.
Created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan, Turk first appeared as a member of a street gang back in 1970’s Daredevil #69. From there, Barrett found semi-regular employment with Wilson Fisk -- better known as the Kingpin -- and even made failed attempts to become the new Stilt-Man and Mauler.
Turk gained a higher profile after appearing on Season 1 of the Netflix series Daredevil, where he was played by Rob Morgan. The character would find himself part of the connective tissue between Netflix's Marvel TV series, making brief cameo appearances in Luke Cage, The Defenders and The Punisher.
Seeing a C-list character like Turk in possession of an Infinity Stone will surely come as a curveball to readers, but it perfectly illustrates how unpredictable Infinity Countdown will be. Just when you think the story will involve heavy-hitters like Thanos or Adam Warlock, Marvel tosses a street-level character into the mix to spice things up.
The publisher gave its first clue that Daredevil and Hell's Kitchen would play a factor in the event with the announcement of Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1. The one-shot sees Matt Murdock cross paths with the Mind Stone in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, and the cover also features a person who we now know is Turk dangling Daredevil high above the streets he protects.
What Turk plans on doing with the Mind Stone is up in the air at the moment. He could continue to use it for petty scores while continuing to make himself rich, or Turk may begin to seek out higher aspirations as a Kingpin-like figure in Hell's Kitchen. The latter would be bad news not only for Daredevil, but also the other street-level heroes of the Marvel Universe as well, not to mention all of New York City when Thanos inevitably comes calling...