An alternate Soul Stone location for Avengers: Infinity War has been revealed in new concept art from the movie. The Infinity Stones played a huge role in the MCU’s Infinity Saga, but especially in Infinity War and its sequel Avengers: Endgame. Thanos spends the first movie overpowering the Avengers to retrieve the Stones, eventually winning himself the entire Infinity Gauntlet. He also kills Loki and Vision in the process, though versions of both characters will be revived for their respective Disney+ shows, Loki and Wandavision. The two are also far from the only characters to be killed over the Stones.
In the case of the Soul Stone, Thanos finds it on Vormir after forcing his daughter, Gamora, to tell him its location in order to save her sister, Nebula. After escaping, Nebula goes on to join the Guardians of the Galaxy. Once on Vormir, Thanos and Gamora learn that Red Skull is the guardian of the Soul Stone. He also tells them that Thanos must kill someone he loves to retrieve the Stone. He murders Gamora and leaves Vormir with his prize.
However, new concept art by MCU artist Stephen Schirle hows that the location of the Soul Stone may not have always been Vormir as viewers saw it in the movie. In Avengers: Infinity War, Vormir is depicted as a rocky cliff standing alone, with snow or ash in the air. In Schirle’s images, the Soul Stone location is more colorful, with leaves and flowers visible. Gamora also falls into a round cavern instead of off a cliff. Check out both images below:
Though present-day Gamora wasn’t brought back in Avengers: Endgame, the 2014 version of the character still lives. Soon after its release, the movie’s writers revealed that she survived Iron Man’s snap. Like with Loki, which will also follow an earlier version of the character, this frees Gamora up to continue appearing in the MCU. She could come back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, though she now has no connection to on again/off again flame Peter Quill or the rest of the Guardians. Over the summer, portrayer Zoe Saldana expressed interest in playing “bad Gamora” in the movie.
Concept art reveals like this one are fun for fans, as they allow them to imagine how key scenes could have played out differently. The Soul Stone scene as it is is tragic, with the darker setting reflecting the impact of Gamora’s death. However, if this alternate location had been used, it would have provided an interesting juxtaposition between the tone of the scene and where it took place. It’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of Gamora’s death scene as it was shot, but this concept art provides an interesting peek behind the curtain for Avengers: Infinity War fans.