*POST CONTAINS SPOILERS*
Infinity War is finally upon us. I’m still not entirely sure how a studio pulled off a movie of this scale. The culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an 18 film effort, is here. We will finally get to see Thanos actually do something. Infinity War figures to be a story centering on Thanos, but it’s not the first time we’ve see him. He has appeared in both Guardians of the Galaxy and an Age of Ultron post-credit scene and was referenced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.
His first appearance, though, was in the mid-credit scene of The Avengers, setting the stage for Infinity War six years ago (seriously, how is this movie actually happening??). If you’re a noob and want to understand Infinity War, The Avengers is the most important film.
Over the last few months, I’ve not only watched the film a few times, but I’ve also read fan forums, watched YouTube videos and read articles from people who are also reflecting on the film. A while back, I noticed people seem to believe there is a glaring plot hole: Why did Thanos give Loki The Scepter if it had a stone, if getting all the stones is his ultimate goal?
So in a moment of boredom, I took to Twitter to give, what I feel anyway, is a possible explanation. Since Infinity War will be a popular topic for a few months, I’ve decided to turn it into a blog post…because content. So, here is that explanation, with some grammar correction (If you would rather see it in Twitter rant form for some reason, you’ll find it here).
“ Well, if I’m going to be bored, might as well do bored things…..I’m going to tell you why Thanos giving Loki the Scepter made sense in the Avengers
A popular *supposed* plot hole in The Avengers is Thanos giving Loki control of the Mind Stone, contradicting his purpose
There are two reasons, and a possible third, for this.
One, Loki Needed it to Get To Earth in the First Place – There’s a few moments in the film that suggested the two objects (The Scepter & The Tesseract) influence one another
” If there was any tampering, it wasn’t from this end…doors open from both sides” – Hawkeye
” I don’t know about that, but it is powered by The Cube” – Nick Fury
“You can’t fight against yourself” – Erik Selvig
There’s also the fact the Scepter was used to both close the portal & transport Loki straight to the Cube’s location. This means the two objects could manipulation each other, giving Loki the only way to gain immediate access to both stones.
Two, He didn’t know of the Avengers – The Other made two statements that suggested they were not aware of any credible threats on Earth, both at the beginning and in the first post-credit scene
” And the Humans? What can they do but burn?”
“They’re not the cowering wretches we were promised”
That says Thanos probably wasn’t aware of The Avengers, and why would he be?
- The Bifrost was destroyed, so there’s no way he knew Thor could get to Earth
- Captain America was on Ice for 75 years
- Hulk was only active a few days over the course of a few years
- The rest (Iron Man, Black Widow & Hawkeye) are regular humans
The only intel he had on Earth had to be given to him by Loki, who himself thought little of Humans
So, thinking there were no credible risks to the plan, Thanos:
- Loaned Loki The Scepter (Mind Stone)
- To go to Earth to get The Tesseract (Space Stone)
- Use The Tesseract to bring the Chitauri to Earth
- Conquer Earth
- Send both The Scepter and Tesseract back to Thanos
This risk calculation makes even more sense when you realize the Space Stone isn’t the only stone on Earth at this time. The Time Stone is on Earth in the hands of The Ancient One at this point. Also, given that there is one more movie before Infinity War with one stone (Soul) still MIA and the fact The Outriders will be in Wakanda, there is a good chance Black Panther has the stone.
To Sum it up, Thanos giving Loki The Scepter with the Mind Stone made sense because:
- It was the quickest way to gain access to the Space Stone
- Wasn’t aware of The Avengers at this time
- * He sent Loki to get more than one stone, making any gamble more enticing “
So, there it is. Keep in mind this rant was given before Black Panther was released, so I am less sure of the Soul Stone being in Wakanda (though it would still make sense). If you have any thoughts, let me know. That said, I am beyond ready for Infinity War and can’t wait to see some characters I’ve enjoyed watching for years die in the name of finality.