The Marvel Cinematic Universe was launched 13 years ago. Back in 2008, Iron Man made its way into the theaters. The franchise has expanded now. It has a large number of movies and Disney+ shows in the pipeline in the upcoming few years. The MCU fans have also managed to find different ways for engaging with and theorizing the franchise’s existing properties. A recent post on Reddit can be considered as a very good example. A user named MediocreCritic, posted exactly why Thanos gave the scepter to Loki that had the Mind Stone in 2012’s The Avengers.
Thanos gives Loki the Mind Stone to further corrupt Loki and destabilize Asgard. Thanos could have been able to invade an unprotected Nidavellir and force Eitri to create the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos manipulated Loki and gave him the mind stone to get to Nidavellir. Thanos orchestrated the further corruption of Loki and the New York attack to divide and distract the Asgardians. With the Asgardian royalty destabilized and fighting among themselves, he could attack the unprotected forge of Nidavellir, the only place capable of forging a device strong enough to hold the Infinity stones.
In Avengers (2012), Thanos gives the scepter to Loki with the Mind Stone so that Loki can take over the earth. In exchange, Loki promises to bring Thanos the Tesseract. This looks like a simple deal. Except that, Thanos doesn’t need Loki to collect the Space Stone. He has his own army and can seemingly send to do the work himself unless he had other grandeur plans.
Thanos specifically approached Loki to launch the attack on earth. The Mad Titan was not aiming for the Mind or Space stone deal he pitched to Loki. Thanos was actually plotting to create a rift in the Asgardian royal family. His ultimate goal was to invade Nidavellir and force Eitri to create the Infinity Gauntlet. But he cannot subjugate the forge while it still has a defense pact with Asgard. Here’s what Eitri said to Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War:
“You were supposed to protect us, Asgard was supposed to protect us”
Thanos locates the recently ostracized prince of Asgard. Thanos tempts him with a conquest that defies Odin’s will, and pits Loki against his brother Thor. Thanos knows that he might lose the mind stone, but he doesn’t care, the stones are of little use to him until he has the Gauntlet that lets him to wield their full power. As seen in Infinity War, Rocket says to Thor:
“Nidavellir is real? Seriously? I mean, that place is a legend. They make the most powerful, horrific weapons to ever torment the universe. I would very much like to go there, please.”
If Rocket knows about Nidavellir, then obviously Thanos knows about the forge and what the dwarves can make for him. He will need the most powerful containment weapon ever constructed to wield the stones. The one thing that prevents access to the forge is the mighty Asgardian army. Knowing Asgard might defeat his army, Thanos decides to play the long game and manipulate Loki into destabilizing the Asgardian royal family. His plan works and the rift between Loki, his brother, and his father grows. The Ragnarok destruction prophecy also starts at the same time.
MCU fans will get to see a completely new side of Loki. It will be from an alternate timeline that spins out of the events of The Avengers and Avengers: Endgame, in the upcoming Loki Disney+ series. Check what Tom Hiddleston had to say about the Loki series to MTV:
“I know this character now. I feel that the audience knows him. And playing him – and playing him truthfully, but presenting him with new challenges, which then I’d have to change him in different ways, is the most exciting aspect of it. You’ve got his very specific gifts. His intelligence, treachery, his mischief, his magic, and then seeing him come up against more formidable opponents, the like of which he has never seen or known. I wish I could tell you what happens, but I can’t.”
Loki is scheduled to release on June 11, 2021, on Disney+. It features Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku in the lead roles. Here is the official synopsis of Loki:
“After stealing the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019), an alternate version of Loki is brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline. They give Loki a choice: face being deleted from existence due to being a ‘time variant’, or help fix the timeline and stop a greater threat. Loki ends up trapped in his own crime thriller, traveling through time and altering human history.”