The Orb is one of the six Infinity Stones. This stone has the power to destroy any living material that comes into contact with it. It was hidden on the planet Morag until it was found by the former Ravager Peter Quill, also known as "Star-Lord," who was unaware of its great power. Only moments after Quill found the Orb, the Kree warrior Korath tried to take it from him on behalf of his commander Ronan, who made a deal with Thanos to retrieve the Infinity Stone for him in exchange for the destruction of the planet Xandar. Star-Lord and the Orb escaped Korath and his Sakaaran soldiers, and made his way to Xandar to sell it to the Broker. However, the Broker backed down on their deal when he learned Ronan was also after the Orb. Quill was soon after attacked by Gamora, Thanos' adopted daughter who was hoping to sell the Orb to the Collector to prevent it from falling into her father's hands, but a distraction from the bounty hunters Rocket and Groot prevented her from taking it and the four of them were taken into the custody of the Nova Corps. They and the Orb were taken the space station/prison Kyln, where it stayed until they and fellow inmate Drax escaped on Quill's ship the Milano.
The five of them then took the Orb to the Collector's base at Knowhere to sell it to him. There, he removed the Stone from the Orb and revealed to them its true nature, which led one of his slaves, Carina, to grab the Stone in a desperate attempt to free herself. However, the Stone's power overwhelmed her, destroying her and a good portion of her master's collection. Gamora quickly put the Stone back in the Orb, planning to return it to the Nova Corps if only to prevent it from falling into Ronan's hands; however, Drax had contacted Ronan's ship, the Dark Aster, while they were meeting with the Collector, and he personally led an assault on Knowhere to retrieve the Orb. Although they fought valiantly against Ronan's forces, Nebula managed to retrieve the Orb for Ronan. With Ronan aware of the true power of the Orb, he kept it for himself, believing he could use the Stone to destroy Xandar without Thanos' help, and placed the Stone in his hammer. The fanatical Kree then led his ship to assault Xandar, but the crew of the Milano - now calling themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Ravagers, and the Nova Corps were able to intercept him. Star-Lord, Drax, Groot, and Gamora confronted Ronan in the ship's bridge, but were unable to kill him. Rocket then crashed his ship into the Dark Aster, causing it to crash. Groot sacrificed himself to protect his comrades, while Ronan appeared from the wreckage unfazed. Ronan began threatening the Xandarian people before him with annihilation, but Star-Lord was able to distract him with a dance long enough for Drax to fire the Hadron Enforcer at him. The Stone fell out of Ronan's hammer, and Quill was able to grab it as it flew through the air. The Stone's power slowly started to overwhelm him as it did with Carina, but his fellow Guardians grabbed him to lessen the burden on him. Star-Lord then used the Stone's power to destroy Ronan. With the threat from Ronan gone, the Guardians of the Galaxy handed the Orb over to the Nova Corps, where it would be safe from the likes of Thanos or anyone else who would want the Stone's power for themselves.
- Director and co-writer James Gunn revealed via Twitter that the Orb is analogous to the Power Stone.
- However, the Orb's inner stone actually shares a similar color-scheme with the Space Gem.
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