EDIT: Duplicates are duplicates if and only if the QUESTIONS are the same.
The below link is to close-as-duplicate policy and the most accepted answer. Why is the close-as-duplicate policy so aggressive, and should we change it?
Duplicates are duplicates if and only if the QUESTIONS are the same. (This is how every other SE site does it, by the way.) Otherwise, we're asking users to wade through a bunch of totally irrelevant information to find the one tidbit that's useful to them. Preventing that sort of exercise in frustration was the reason StackExchange was invented, folks.
Outline of the two questions
My question How does Thanos know how to use the Infinity Stones? [duplicate] I asked specifically asked about the "Time Stone" because, after "Dr Strange" we are told by Mordo that it takes more than a photographic memory to use the stone and that it requires training and an affinity for it. With that said in my question, I asked about how Thanos used it because you need training and practice to use it.
The duplicate question is this: How did Ronan use the power of the Infinity Stone once it was installed in his hammer?
The answer in the linked question is a good answer and I don't deny that it does have information about ultimately having Thanos wield all six of them with the gauntlet. This is the answer:
Even though the answer to the question could possibly be used to answer my question, I would say that it could only be used to answer my question if I had asked it around the time that that question was asked.
Since that question and answer there have been 12 MCU movies released with varying degrees of detailed explanations of the "Time Stones". Not to mention that I asked for in or out of universe answers and there has been quite a lot more revealed about the how the "Time Stones" work by various directors or writers.
For example, Jordan D. White linked by ScreenRant released a very important thing about the "Time Stones"
It seems there's a certain synergy between the Infinity Stones. Each Infinity Stone is actually powered by an individual's mastery of another.
- The Soul Stone is powered by the user's mastery of Reality. It can preserve the soul to allow for life after death.
- The Mind Stone is powered by the user's mastery of Soul. It can grant telepathy, or intelligence.
- The Power Stone is powered by the user's mastery of Mind. It can make a person more physically powerful.
- The Space Stone is powered by the user's mastery of Power. It can allow teleportation through space.
- The Time Stone is powered by the user's mastery of Space. It can allow a person to travel through time.
- The Reality Stone is powered by the user's mastery of Time. It can allow a person access to the Multiverse.
The comics have long since established that Infinity Stones are drawn to one another. An individual who possesses one Infinity Stone can sense the presence of another. But it seems likely this "draw" will follow the same pattern; that the bearer of the Time Stone will be drawn to the Space Stone and to the Reality Stone, for example. In the comics, that means the various bearers of the Infinity Stones will be drawn into conflict with one another. In the movies, however, it may hint at just how powerful Thanos could become.
There is also a Reddit User who made a list of every time Thanos used an Infinity stone,
[IW SPOILERS] I was seeing all these posts everywhere on how Thanos used the stones in interesting ways. So I went through each and everyone of the scenes in which Thanos is there and came up with the following list. There are still something which I am not sure about, so I have mentioned that as well. It's a list of every time we see him use any of the stones.
On the Asgardian Ship
Power Stone - To torture Thor on the Asgardian Ship
Space Stone - To stop Loki from Stabbing him
Power Stone - To destroy the Asgardian Ship
Space Stone - To leave the Asgardian Ship
Reality Stone - To change the Reality within Knowhere
Reality Stone - To convert Drax into Bricks
Reality Stone - To convert Mantis into ribbons
Reality Stone - To convert Star Lords blaster laser into bubbles
Space Stone - To leave Knowhere
In Thanos's Ship
Space and Power Stone - To torture Nebula
Space and Power Stone - to torture Nebula yet again
Space Stone - To get to Vormir
Reality Stone - To change Gamora's dagger to bubbles so that she can't kill herself
Space Stone - to get to Titan
Reality Stone - To make Titan look like the way it was before its downfall
Power Stone - To destroy the huge space ship part (or whatever it was) which Iron Man crushed him with
Reality Stone - To convert all the broken parts of that space ship part into bats who chase after Iron Man
Power Stone - To attack Star Lord with energy beams (we dont see Thanos activating the stone, but we see pruple beams being fired towards Star Lord impliing that it was the Power Stone)
Space and Power Stones - To compress all the explosions caused by Stark and to redirect them towards him
Power Stone - To knock out Star Lord, Drax and Nebula
Soul Stone - Once he has knocked out the three of them, we see the Soul stone being activated, possibly to protect Nebula's Soul? idk, wasnt clear
Space and Power Stones - To pull the moon towards titan
Power Stone - While fighting Dr Strange, to make an energy beam
Power Stone - To destroy Dr Strange's mirror dimension attack
Space Stone - To compress the debris from the previous usage into a small beam tagetted towards Dr Strange
Soul and Power Stones - When Dr Strange does the spell to duplicate himself and restrain Thanos, Thanos uses the Soul Stone to figure out which one is the real Dr Strange, and the Power Stone to undo the spell and attack Strange
Space and Reality Stones - To pull Dr Strange towards him while also rotating the ground below, similar to what we have seen in the Dr Strange movie
Power Stone - To attack Iron Man with an energy beam
Power Stone - To punch Stark
Power Stone - To shield the Gauntlet from Stark's energy beam
Power, Space, Reality and Soul Stones - He is about to do something to Stark, before Dr Strange saves him so we never really get to see what was about to happen, but he did activate all 4 of the stones which he had.
Space Stone - To leave Titan
Space Stone - To get to Wakanda
Space Stone - To make Bruce go right through Thanos and then materialize in a rock
Power Stone - To throw Captain America away
Space Stone - To know out Falcon (we don't really see the space stone light up in this scene, but it seems like Thanos's hands are made into a fist, implying that he used a stone and before Falcon got knocked down there was a surge of blue energy)
Space Stone - To deflect the bullets which War Machine was shooting at him and then to cripple him and throw him away
Power Stone - To knock out Bucky
Power Stone - To deflect Okoye's spear and to throw her away
Reality Stone (edited) (or the Space Stone or both) - To knock black widow down and cover her up with rocks from the ground (It could be a combination of reality and space stone. There is a way we can know for sure. When Thanos uses the Reality stone on Drax and Mantis earlier, the affects are temporary. So if the rocks are back to their normal position in the next movie, it could be the reality stone. Else, it could be a combination of the reality and the space stone, or just the space stone)
Space Stone - To push through Wanda's attack
Time Stone - To reverse visions death and the destruction of the Mind Stone
All 6 Stones - To attack thor with an energy beam
All 6 Stones - SNAP!
Space, Soul, Time and Reality Stones - To leave Wakanda and pull out Storm Breaker from his chest, and possibly to heal the wound caused by it. He uses the time stone to reverse the injuries caused by Stormbreaker (I am not sure why he used Soul and the Reality stones. I am trying to watch it again and again in slow motion, it seems that he is using the 3 stones together for something, I am not entirely sure whether that is the case, and if it is, then what he is using them for)
Hopefully I've got them all, but let me know if I've missed any.
Power - 21 times
Reality - 13 times
Soul - 6 times
Time - 4 times
Mind - 2 times
Total - 68 times
Conclusion There is so much more information about how Thanos was able to use the stones now, than there was 4 and a half years ago and I only posted two links, I am sure there is more. Bottom line, in the context of things, the fact that 4 and a half years have passed and that the duplicate question is "actually" asking how Ronan was able to use the "Power Stone", I think that there is no way that it was a duplicate. The question should have been allowed to play out as it could have made for some interesting answers.
Some food for thought
I know some people are going to say that if I did the research for this and came up with this information now, why did I not do that earlier?
Ok, let's say I did that for every question I have had and every other user did the same and was able to get some good information about what they want to kanow and in the did not need to post a question. Then why have this site at all? If the information is elsewhere why not go elsewhere. When I ask a question here it increases content by two ways: 1. It creates a question that others may have thought about, 2. it then creates answers about the question and therefore increasing the content on this site. And increasing content increases people visiting the site.
So I won't apologize for asking a question and defending it when it will benefit the site.
EDIT: This from the comments, but I am adding it to this question. This issue with posting in the original question is that when people search the web for how Thanos used the stones, the question titled "How did Ronan control the power stone" will not come up. Posting a new question clarifies the title and therefore will make it easier to come up in a search, which means more views for the site. Not mention that none of this will answer the question "How did Ronan control the power stone" as it only applies to how Thanos uses the stones, hence my insistence that this is a different question with different answers.