Avengers 4 Theory Explains How Mind Stone Will Defeat Thanos

Diply 20 Sep 2018

Ever since Avengers: Infinity War left audiences puzzled and depressed in their theater seats, people have been speculating about what comes next. We've explored theory after theory about the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet, but a new Reddit theory brings a bunch of them together in one nice little package.

Reddit user TheLazerShell starts off by explaining the toll that using the Soul Stone has taken on Thanos.

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Remember when li'l baby Gamora asked Thanos what collecting all of the Infinity Stones cost? He answered that it cost "everything." And that's just when he was talking about having to sacrifice his adopted daughter in order to acquire the Soul Stone in the first place.

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TheLazerShell posits that the sacrifice involved in acquiring the Soul Stone isn't the only cost it carries.

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When the Soul Stone is activated, they write, "it connects the user to the emotions of the person it's being used on." Considering the fact that Thanos ended Infinity War by literally wiping out half of all life in the universe, that's an unimaginable burden to bear.

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Assuming that the Avengers are going to be going up against Thanos at some point in the upcoming sequel, the emotional toll will likely make The Mad Titan reluctant to use the Infinity Gauntlet's full power again.

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So, Thanos clobbering all of the Avengers again won't necessarily be the...snap that it once was. (Pun absolutely intended. I understand if you don't want anything to do with me after this. The theory's still worth it, though, I promise.)

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And that's just emotional scars. Remember what the Gauntlet looked like after Thanos used it?

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For something called an Infinity Gauntlet, that thing sure did seem to have some finite limits regarding what it could handle. But what if that's intentional? Don't worry, we're getting there.

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TheLazerShell speculates that whatever happened to the exterior of the Infinity Gauntlet is nothing compared to what happened to the arm underneath.

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At the very least, he must be physically scarred from the experience. But, perhaps worse, what if the gauntlet is now fused to him permanently? It would be a constant burden to know the power that he could yield, but also the cost of using it.

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Some allegedly leaked concept art from a few months ago shows Thanos in full battle armor, seemingly confirming at least some of this theory so far.

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If Thanos was just willing to using the Infinity Gauntlet all the time, he wouldn't really need armor and a giant sword thing that looks like the replacement blade of an X-Acto knife.

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TheLazerShell branches off a little bit, explaining that Doctor Strange's choice to trade the Time Stone for Tony Stark's life is in anticipation of something like this.

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In all of the futures he anticipated, the Avengers essentially couldn't beat a fully powered Thanos. But, that doesn't mean that half of the Avengers couldn't beat a Thanos who is too emotionally and physically scarred to offer up the same kind of a fight.

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WhereTheLazerShell's theory really comes into its own is in considering whythe Infinity Gauntlet went kablooey like it did.

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While it's possible that Thanos simply pushed the definition of the word "Infinity" further than it had ever been pushed before, the phrasing that TheLazerShell kept coming back to was that the Gauntlet was "cursed."

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But where did the "curse" come from? TheLazerShell admits there are other possibilities, like that Doctor Strange did something stanky to the Time Stone.

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There's no doubt that there are visual clues that something's a bit fishy about how Doctor Strange hands over the Time Stone, which we've explored before.

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Another possibility is that Eitri, in forging Thanos the new Infinity Gauntlet, worked some kind of Dwarven mojo into it.

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Eitri, the last surviving Dwarf, certainly didn't seem thrilled about helping Thanos in his mission. And since Thanos didn't know enough to build his own Gauntlet, it's certainly plausible that Eitri could have built some kind of booby trap into the device.

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While those are both possible, TheLazerShell points to the Mind Stone itself as the source of the curse.

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In Loki's hands, we've seen the Mind Stone be able to do some incredible things, not the least of which was controlling Hawkeye and Erik Selvig. It is a Mind Stone, after all.

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But that's certainly not the end of it. Remember when Tony Stark and Bruce Banner were trying to study Loki's Scepter (which contained the Mind Stone)?

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Their moods were...less than friendly toward each other, showing that the Mind Stone could influence people even without being yielded by someone. The Mind Stone literally has a mind of its own.

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Later, when Tony and Bruce in Age of Ultron are trying to put the finishing touches on their artificial intelligence program, what ended up being the secret ingredient?

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That's right, our good friend, the Mind Stone.

"The jewel appears to be a protective housing for something inside, something powerful."

"Like a reactor?"

"Like a computer. What's it look like it's doing?"

"Like it's thinking."

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Then where did the Mind Stone end up? Inside of Vision's head, of course.

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If there's one true test of character in the MCU, it's in a hero's ability to wield Thor's hammer Mjølnir. In Age of Ultron, Vision (aka the Mind Stone given a body) is deemed to be worthy.

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So, what happens when we tie all of these threads together?

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We've got a Mad Titan who is physically, emotionally, and spiritually weakened by using the Infinity Gauntlet. And inside of the Gauntlet itself, we've got a sentient Infinity Stone that has spent the past year or so fighting alongside the Avengers and actively working to stop Thanos.

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There's no way to know for sure until the as-yet-unnamed Avengers sequel comes out, but for now we're okay with believing that the Mind Stone is actually the secret Avenger that's going to help bring this whole thing down.

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Or, in the words of unfortunately named fellow Redditor megapoopsforever, "I'm buying this bigtime."

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