This Wild 'Avengers' Theory Explains Why Thanos Gave Loki the Mind Stone

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Maybe it wasn't such a bad call.
Thanos did eventually succeed in his plan to wipe out half of the universe, but we couldn't help questioning his early moves to round up the Infinity Stones needed.

One particular act that always stood out for Marvel fans is how The Avengers eventually reveals that it was Thanos (via his lackey, the Other) who gave Loki the scepter (with the Mind Stone inside) in exchange for the Tesseract, aka the Space Stone.

Thanos was effectively giving up an Infinity Stone in order to acquire another one, when he could have just cut out all the middle men and gone to Earth himself to get the Tesseract. Loki's hardly the most trustworthy of people and against the might of the Avengers, he was likely always going to fail too.

It may have worked out for Thanos in the end (until the Avengers reversed everything, anyway), but it looked like he was stumbling at the start... or was he? A new Avengers theory has suggested that he knew exactly what he was doing.

In order for Thanos to execute his plan to wipe out half of the universe, he needed a key piece of equipment: the Infinity Gauntlet. (Yes, we know he had one in Age of Ultron, but maybe it was a practice one, and that other one in Odin's vault was fake, remember?)

Thanos knew where he could get one crafted for him – Nidavellir – but the realm was under the protection of Asgard. If Thanos attacked it, then he'd be facing the might of Asgard (including Odin at this point in the MCU timeline) and likely reveal his hand…
Ian Sandwell
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