With "Thor: The Dark World" now open in many theaters worldwide, the time has come to talk about the mid-credits sequence and it what it means for the larger future of the Marvel Studios films.
As seen in the sequence, Benicio del Toro's The Collector character takes possession of the film's macguffin 'Aether', which is called one of the 'Infinity Stones'. The tesseract from the Phase 1 films is also said to be one of the said stones. As the scene ends, del Toro mutters to himself "One down, five to go".
This all points towards the villain Thanos and the 'Infinity Gauntlet', a golden glove powered by six gems that gives Thanos mastery over the multiverse. The character uses it in the comics to erase half the sentient life in the universe and cause all sorts of destruction.
The gems themselves have names - Soul, Time, Space, Mind, Reality and Power. So which is which? Talking with CraveOnline, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that he "does not know when we’ll actually divulge that necessarily, but it [The Tesseract] is the Space stone."
He also confirmed the 'Aether' is another but didn't say which, but considering the events in the film it'll be either Power or Reality. A more pertinent question is if the stones are going to be focused on in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and how long will the story arc go on for.
Feige says: "Well the answer to the first question is both, it is both. And then, you know, who knows? If they allow us to keep making movies, it will go a little bit further."