a reply to: InhaleExhale
You’ll be sorry. I’m already sorry, because now I have to type all this out.
My theories, in no particular order, because I couldn’t figure out how to organize this.
THE MIND STONE CONTROLS THANOS.
It should be obvious that the first Stone Thanos had was the Mind Stone. No telling how long he had it, but I think he had it for a long time. In
Infinity War, Thanos tells how he tried to convince his planet to eliminate half the population to save the world. It doesn’t take much thought to
realize that’s a stupid plan. Given a few generations, the population would go back to the same level. I think his people felt he was “mad”,
and opposed him. The planet-wide destruction of Titan shown in Infinity War probably indicates that Thanos used the Mind Stone to destroy his own
people. You don’t get that kind of destruction from just a lack of resources.
As we have seen, the Mind Stone has the ability to influence minds, enhance living beings, and, like other Infinity Stones, is a source of unlimited
energy. We remember in The Avengers how the Stone was able to get the Avengers quarreling just before Hawkeye attacked the Helicarrier. While I’m
sure that beings as powerful as Thanos have the ability to resist the Mind Stone to a degree, it is, after all, an Infinity Stone. The longer the
exposure, the more it can control you. If you remember the post credit shot of Thanos from The Avengers, Thanos eyes were glowing bright blue. Just
like the eyes of the people touched by Loki’s staff, it shows they were under the influence of the Mind Stone. Later appearances by Thanos showed
his eyes return to normal. I guess the effect wanes with distance, but Thanos still believes his goal of killing half the population is his idea.
His judgment is probably clouded by grief over what he did to his homeworld.
While in possession of the Mind Stone, Thanos was able to use it to create enhanced individuals (the Children of Thanos), weapons, and assemble his
So, if Thanos had the Mind Stone for so long, why wait until now to collect the others?
THANOS HAD TO BE CAREFUL COLLECTING THE STONES
In the prologue to The Avengers, The Other says the Tesseract has awakened. Some people have been critical of Thanos giving Loki the Mind Stone to go
to Earth to get the Teserract. But that was a very logical move. For reasons I’ll explain later, Thanos couldn’t go himself. Loki was a perfect
alternative. If your goal is to collect all Infinity Stones, the one you want first is the Space Stone. Once you start collecting the Stones, you
need to get them quickly, because you are going to attract the attention of powerful beings like Odin, Ego, and others. With the Infinity Stones
spread throughout the Universe, you need to teleport to them quickly before opposition mounts. Thanos was so connected to the Mind Stone he wasn’t
worried about losing it, he knew he could always find it. He could save that one for last. If Loki acquired the Space Stone, Thanos could also track
Loki from his connection to the Mind Stone. He just needed to know where the other Stones were before he went for them.
Thanos had a narrow window of opportunity when Loki replaced Odin in Asgard and removed Heimdal from his post. That was key. If Heimdal was at his
post, he would have seen Thaos attacking Nedavilier (sp?), warned Odin, and the jig would have been up.
ODIN TRIED TO COLLECT THE INFINITY STONES, BUT STOPPED
In the scene from Ragnarok, we see Hela knocking over the gauntlet in Odin’s treasure room and exclaiming, “Fake!” Well that brings up some
Obviously, it was not a real Infinity Gauntlet. For one, it was right-handed. But, how did Hela know it was fake? For that matter, how did she know
what it was supposed to be? She had been out of commission for centuries.
I don’t think the gauntlet in the treasure room was a fake, per se. It was a replica. Just a display piece to remind Odin of his past. Hela knew
what it was supposed to be because Odin tried to collect the Stones when he and Hela were trying to conquer the Nine Realms. But a close examination
of that replica tells us some important things.
When Thanos was collecting Stones in Infinity War, we saw that the Stones fell into place in the order collected: index finger, middle finger,
annular, pinky, thumb, and palm. Looking at the color of the stones in the replica, it looks like Odin got them in the order of Time, Reality, Power,
Space, a bright yellow-white stone at the thumb, and then the palm stone looks dark. I’m guessing the artist that made the replica didn’t know
what color the final stone should be.
I’m assuming the thumb stone represents the Soul Stone. I think Odin had the Soul Stone and used it to enhance Heimdal so he could see the souls in
the Universe as he does. Notice that Heimdal’s eyes are the same shade of orange as the Soul Stone. But it could still represent the Mind Stone
meaning Odin never got the Soul Stone. Either way, Odin stopped either before getting the Mind Stone or shortly after. He then changed his ways of
conquest and killing, decided to be a beneficial ruler, and exiled Hela when she wouldn’t change. He probably realized the danger of the Mind
THE MIND STONE IS HOMICIDAL AND INSANE
I think all the Infinity Stones have a degree of sentience. The Mind Stone, by its nature, is the most self-aware. It has existed since the
beginning of the Universe, and has spent most of that time alone. Even among its peers, the other Stones, it stands apart. That’s bound to drive
any intelligence insane.
Just look at Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. He spent eons looking for life like himself. Eventually he found it, decided it sucked, and planned
to replace all life with himself. Billions of years of loneliness takes its toll.
The Mind Stone is an even more severe case. If you want to get a look into the “mind” of the Mind Stone, just look at Ultron. In age of Ultron,
he wanted to destroy all life until the only living things on Earth would be metal (him). No doubt from there he would have expanded to other worlds.
The Mind Stone has no empathy for organic life, which it considers inferior.
DOCTOR STRANGE ALTERED THE TIME STONE
On Titan, there were a number of ways the Avengers and the Guardians could have beat Thanos, even with the Stones he had. Dr. Strange looked at over
14 million possibilities. For instance, all he had to do was keep Starlord from banging on Mantis’s hands and they would have gotten the Gauntlet
away and put a stop to the snap. For that matter, Strange could have just teleported the group back to Earth and joined everyone in Wakanda. He
could have hidden the Stones in the Mirror Dimension. There were all kinds of options.
But the real problem wasn’t Thanos or The Snap. The problem is the Mind Stone. Even if they had beaten Thanos, the Mind Stone would have continued
its quest for century after century until it finally succeeded. Destroying the Mind Stone is not an option. The Infinity Stones have existed since
the Universe began. They are an integral part of the Universe. The only way to really “win” is to change the Mind Stone’s mind, so to