Marvel's ragtag team of cosmic heroes are currently hunting for the Infinity Stones in Guardians of the Galaxy, with Star-Lord and a revived Richard Rider discovering the Power Stone in this week's Issue #147. However, instead of the artifact being small in stature, it's the size of a large building, a new development we can blame on 2015's Secret Wars, according to current GotG writer Gerry Duggan.
“The universe has been reordered after Secret Wars," Duggan told IGN. "There’s no reason that we would see the Stones as they once were. So the Power Stone is uncompressed information right now, and whether or not it could be compressed into something more manageable, is something we’ll have to wait and see.”
Of course, the Power Stone is only the one way Duggan is reimagining the cosmic items, with the other stones destined to reappear in interesting ways and locations.
“The Power Stone is the first example of the high shelf that these stones have been put on, seemingly out of reach of even Cosmic Elder hands," he said. "The Reality Stone might not be in this reality, and the Time Stone may be not in our particular timeline right now. And so, there is a real sense that, in order to gather them, you would have to do some really heavy lifting. That is, in and of itself, gonna be a blast to be able to show everyone, to reveal where that stuff is. I don’t necessarily want to go too into where they are, but in the next year, all will be revealed pretty quickly.
“It’s not a Thanos story yet,” Duggan added, addressing the purple-hued elegant in the room. “But, if the Stones are being gathered, I would think that he would have something to say about that. At the moment, [Thanos ongoing series writer Donny Cates] is collaborating on a really great story of Thanos and the Chitauri. And how that all will get together remains to be seen. But I haven’t forgotten about Thanos. But right now I’m interested in telling some Stone stories before I get to Thanos.”
Guardians of the Galaxy #147, from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Marcus To, is on sale now.