Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have become familiar with the Infinity Stones over the last several years, but the colorful McGuffins have also played a prominent role in the comics as well.
Previously known as Infinity Gems, the Infinity Stones have a knack for winding up as the center of attention for heroes and villains alike. Most recently, their status quo changed drastically in Marvel's Infinity Wars event, when Adam Warlock granted the six cosmic artifacts a soul. So far we've only witnessed the Time Stone seek out a death row inmate named Hector Bautista, which is now the catalyst for an unlikely team-up between Loki and Wolverine.
Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1 officially kicked off their adventure after a brief meeting in the landmark Avengers #700. That issue saw Wolverine harnessing the power of the Phoenix Force to free Loki from the Final Host Celestials, though Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1 would reveal this Logan is from the far-flung future, and isn't the current-day Wolverine that was just resurrected in the Return of Wolverine miniseries -- yes, we know it's a little confusing. Old Man Phoenix would go on to meet his younger counterpart and pass along an artifact called a Time Bat, teasing its importance by saying how it will come in handy against upcoming enemies.
Marvel appears ready to give the Time Bat a larger spotlight, but fans may not be very familiar with it or be aware of its origin. Don't worry true believers... we're about to fill you in on everything you need to know about Wolverine's new diamond-encrusted Louisville Slugger.
The Time Bat first appeared in 2010's Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #2 by writer Jason Aaron and artist Adam Kubert. The six-issue miniseries took the Avengers teammates on a time-traveling adventure through the past, thanks to the X-Men villain Mojo and a collection of time diamonds. Whenever Spider-Man and Wolverine came in contact with the time diamonds, they found themselves transported to a different point in time.
Issue #2 also contained the debuts of two characters named Czar and Big Murder. The duo made for an odd pairing at first glance, with Czar blinged out from head-to-toe with time diamonds and Big Murder actually not big size-wise, though he more than made up for it by collecting a haul of recognizable trophies from their time-traveling. With Czar calling the shots, he and Big Murder showed up out of the blue to antagonize Spider-Man and Wolverine.
Their ability to randomly send our superheroes through the time stream came when striking an opponent with the Time Bat. So, the power comes from the diamonds and not the bat, though the piece of wood helps to harness their powers, similar to how the Infinity Gauntlet allows someone to control all six Infinity Stones. Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine revealed the time diamonds came from a random planet where they grew on trees. When the planet was destroyed, the time diamonds hitched a ride on an asteroid that eventually landed on Earth during the Cretaceous period.