The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity Saga was without a doubt a long run, which ended with Avengers: Endgame, where we see the ultimate win of Earth’s mightiest heroes, but we saw some of our favorite superheroes say goodbye, such Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow), Iron Stark (Iron Man), and Steve Rogers (Captain America). And now, Marvel has kicked off its Phase 4 with the all-new Disney+ series, WandaVision. But let’s steer away from that for a moment, and jump back to the Infinity Saga. Let’s bring Thanos and Loki back into the play.
Now, there’s another theory that is surfacing which proposes that Thanos convoluted an elaborate plan for gathering the Infinity Stones, which also included Loki losing the Mind Stone in The Avengers, to kickstart the events of Captain America: Civil War. Thanos and his hunt for the six Infinity Stones were central elements of the era of Marvel movies that are now being called the Infinity Saga. One, in particular, the Soul Stone, was missing up until the end of the search in Avengers: Infinity War. The Power Stone was in outer space and played a key role in the story of Guardians of the Galaxy. Whereas the Reality Stone was hidden away by the Asgardian gods, and both the Time and Space Stones were located on Earth. And the Mind Stone was in the possession of Thanos himself prior to The Avengers.
Let’s talk about what it seemed like. What we saw in the movie, Thanos lost the Mind Stone after giving it to Loki for the Chitauri invasion. Despite knowing where it and at least a few of the others were, Thanos allowed years to pass before going after them with the Black Order. After making his grand entrance at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos successfully gathered up all six Stones with only a few minor hiccups standing in his way. And what it looks like is that Thanos could have easily gathered the stones as and when he would have pleased. It is like he was giving his plan to hatch at just the right time. But after all the years, Thanos filled his Infinity Gauntlet anyway and wiped out half of the universe. Here’s why losing the Mind Stone may have been a part of his scheme all along.
Thanos, the Mad Titan, risked the only Infinity Stone in his possession in order to gather the other one and chose Loki to do so. Thanos gave Loki the Mind Stone and an army of Chitauri so that he could invade the Earth. His goal was supposedly for Loki to bring back the Space Stone. Another issue with this is what happened after Loki secured the Space Stone. Once he had it, that could have been the end of the battle. Loki could have returned to Thanos with the Mind Stone and Space Stone in tow. Since he didn’t, some could assume that Loki went rogue and chose to do as he pleased, but if that were the case, it would make sense for him to lose the support of his army. What all this means is that the ultimate objective of the Battle of New York isn’t altogether clear. It certainly wasn’t relevant to Thanos’ efforts to collect the Infinity Stones.
While giving the Mind Stone to Loki feels like a colossal error, it didn’t actually work out that way. The results actually went in Thanos’ favor. First of all, it exposed hidden, negative feelings among the heroes and created tension between them in The Avengers. This was an early sign of the chaos it could bring. Then, it became the tool that gave the team one of their most powerful opponents: Ultron. It was also used to create two super-powered humans: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Starting off as enemies, both the said characters eventually become heroes, and Quicksilver even sacrifices himself to save Hawkeye.
While it’s true that the Mind Stone did make positive contributions to the Earth and its safety, the bad may outweigh the good. It’s important to keep in mind that Mind Stone brought about the superhero civil war in two different ways. In Captain America: Civil War, it was Scarlet Witch who accidentally led to the deaths of several innocents when she tried to stop Crossbones (Frank Grillo) from killing Steve (Chris Evans). It was her actions that set the Sokovia Accords in motion and made the Avengers turn on each other. Vision is powered by the Mind Stone itself.
Thanos losing the Mind Stone on purpose would explain a lot, including the “I’ll do it myself” line that followed Ultron’s fall, which has otherwise always been seen as a plot hole. He didn’t end up taking action until Infinity War, but if this theory is true, then Thanos was really more involved than viewers were led to believe. Thanos really did have a deep understanding of the Stones, as if he was well versed with the concept and use of the Stones. He uses the Stones effortlessly during combats as well.
Additionally, this being Thanos’ master plan makes him a remarkable puppet master. And since it would turn an obvious defeat (losing the Mind Stone) into a calculated effort to start a civil war, it would make Thanos into a much better, and much more devious villain.