Warning: the following article contains spoilers from the Infinity Gauntlet Comics and Guardians of the Galaxy movie! 1. The Infinity Gems

Despite having a slightly different name in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Infinity Stones), the Infinity Gems are on full display in Guardians of the Galaxy. As explained by the Collector, Thanos is looking to collect all six gems. Fans of the comics will realise that Thanos’ intention for the gems is to attach them to the Infinity Gauntlet.

We get a brief glimpse of the Infinity Gauntlet in the first Thor movie in Odin’s treasure room:

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We also got to see the Infinity Gauntlet on display at the recent San Diego Comic Con in prop form:

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The internet practically imploded when an image of Buzz Aldrin wearing the toy version of the Infinity Gauntlet was released on Marvel’s Tumblr:

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According to Marvel lore, whoever holds all six gems is granted limitless God-like power (similar to ScarJo in Lucy but not quite as glamorous). The Infinity Gems include the following:

Gem Name Gem Colour Gem Power
Mind Red Near-limitless psionic/psychic abilities including empathy, telepathy and telekinesis.
Reality Orange Alters all of reality; similar to the effects of a Cosmic Cube, but much, much higher.
Power Yellow Increased strength and durability, enhances virtually any known superhuman ability, energy manipulation.
Space Green Travel through space, mostly through teleportation. Able to interfere with the motion of other objects.
Time Blue Time travel; stop, slow down or speed up flow of time; accelerate or slow down aging; see into past/future.
Soul Purple Observe, attack or even steal a being's soul or spirit. Also used to revert individuals to their natural state.

infinitygemsWe have already seen some of the Infinity Gems in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

Mind Gem == Loki’s Staff (Avengers) Reality Gem == The Aether (Thor: The Dark World) Power Gem == The Orb (Guardians of the Galaxy) Space Gem == The Tesseract (Thor/Captain America: The First Avenger/Avengers)

2. Dancing Baby Groot Is None Other Than Director James Gunn Himself

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The flick’s writer and director James Gunn recently revealed that he was the motion-reference for the pre-credits dance off scene. In Empire’s interview on their spoiler podcast he said:

I'm not motion-captured, but I'm motion-referenced and that is 100% me dancing... Honestly, that [scene] was supposed to be either mid-credits or end-credits, but when we showed it to the test audience, they loved it so much! We were like 'We don't want people walking out and missing this this,' so we put it right there after the 'Guardians of the Galaxy Will Return' thing."

3. Nova

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In Guardians of the Galaxy, John C. Reilly plays Rhomann Dey, one of the Leaders of Xandar’s Nova Corps. In the comics, Dey was one of the few survivors of Xandar after Zorr attacks and destroys the planet. Many Xandarians were killed in this attack, including Dey’s wife and children (there’s a neat reference to this at the end of Guardian’s when he goes home to his [quite pink] family). After failing to defeat Zorr, Dey randomly chooses Richard Rider as the new Nova to receive all of his powers. It’s highly likely that Nova will be introduced in the next Guardians movie (PLEASE!!!) scheduled for release in 2017, as hinted by producer Kevin Feige at SDCC:

I think, you know, if ‘Guardians’ works the way we certainly hope it works, that would probably be the franchise to meet a lot of those people, that would be our entrance into numerous other cosmic folk.

4. Knowhere

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Knowhere is a space station inside the decapitated head of an ancient Celestial. In the comics it serves as the base for the Guardians Of The Galaxy. The movie version of Knowhere looks phenomenal.

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5. The Collector’s Museum

Since they introduced the Collector in Thor: The Dark World, fans have been looking forward to getting another glimpse into his museum (especially this one). There are many amazing easter eggs in there, some more obvious than others. Here are a few favourites:

Adam Warlock

In Thor 2 we got to see a brief glimpse of Adam Warlock’s Cocoon (again, confirmed by James Gunn). In the comics, Adam Warlock is an artificially created human created in a place known as The Beehive. Warlock plays a pivotal role in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, being the keeper of the Soul Gem and the one to guide the heroes of Earth into joining forces and fighting Thanos.

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There have been many reports from people who claim to have seen an open cocoon after the destruction of the museum in Guardians, but this has yet to be confirmed. If Marvel is intent on doing the Infinity Gauntlet story arc (which all evidence suggests that they are) it’s extremely plausible that Adam Warlock will make an appearance at some point.

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Cosmo

Fans of the comics will have immediately recognised the telepathic Soviet Space Dog Cosmo in Guardians. Cosmo was introduced in the Nova comics and serves as the Head of the Security Force in Knowhere. He can be seen in one of the cages at the museum and in the post credits scene licking the Collector’s face.

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Howard the Duck

Not only can you see the Quack-Fu Master Howard sitting in one of the cages during the Collector’s museum scene in the film, but also again in the post credits scene enjoying a drink. The CGI version of Howard was voiced by none other than Seth Green.

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Honourable Mention

Nathan Fillion’s Cameo

Nathan Fillion makes a brief appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy as the giant blue “monstrous inmate” in the Kyln that gets his nasal cavities abused by Groot.

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Samuel Spettigue - follow Samuel on Twitter at @ninjaspag.