The arrival of Thanos has been building since The Avengers introduced him in its first end-credits scene and he finally fully arrived in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War. His quest to retrieve all six Infinity Stones was the main basis of Infinity War‘s story and to everyone’s great horror he actually achieved his goal, wiping out half of all existence in the process. But how did this happen? What steps did he take to committing this horrific deed? And who unknowingly aided him in this genocidal quest? Loki, that’s who. Let me tell you why.
Before I get to the events of Avengers: Infinity War let’s look back at Thor: The Dark World. While this movie is clearly one of the worst installments in the Marvel franchise it does play a key part in Thor and Loki’s relationship as it shows the brothers become allies truly for the first time in the MCU.
Loki ends up “dying” and that’s when this revelation begins. When Loki “died” and assumed the throne in the form of Odin that was supposedly four years before the events of Thor: Ragnarok. In those years Asgard was leaderless and the nine realms were thrown into chaos while Loki sat around looking at plays and enjoying life.
Now that’s where this revelation introduces Etri the Dwarf.
When we meet Etri in Avengers: Infinity War he’s angry at Thor, for a legitimate reason. He feels that Asgard abandoned him and his fellow dwarves to die. It’s only until Thor tells him that Asgard was destroyed that he calms down. But why does he feel that Asgard abandoned him? What happened? I’ll tell you what happened. Loki is what happened.
In the end-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron we see Thanos wielding the gauntlet. Age of Ultron is set two years after Thor: The Dark World and two years before Thor: Ragnarok. So that means while Loki was playing king back in Asgard Thanos had wreaked havoc on Nidavellir and forced Etri to make him the Infinity Stone wielding gauntlet that he wanted.
So basically, if Loki hadn’t faked his death and assumed the throne Thanos’s quest of destruction may have never even happened. This makes the events of Infinity War even more tragic because it could’ve possibly been prevented but that’s what happens when you’re the god of mischief I guess. *shrug*
This was just a simple revelation I obtained a couple of hours ago and I couldn’t wait to share it with you all. I thank you for reading and I hope you have a Marvel-ous day.