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'Avengers: Infinity War' Doesn't Actually Have a Mind Stone "Plot Hole"

In Avengers: Infinity War, the fate of the universe depends on whether or not Thanos gets all of the Infinity Stones, so if Thanos already had the Mind Stone before The Avengers (2012), then why did he give the Scepter to Loki? In an interview published by Screen Crush last week, Infinity War writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely acknowledged this pretty huge plot hole, but they also hinted at a fairly obvious explanation.

“My assumption is that perhaps that wasn’t up on the board early,” McFeely said, referring to how at first, The Avengers director and writer Joss Whedon might not have intended for Loki’s Scepter to house the Mind Stone. (Whedon did, of course, later confirm in Age of Ultron that the Scepter did.) When asked if they felt obliged to answer for fans why Thanos would give the Stone away, Markus said, “Certainly we had to be aware of it.” A more plausible and somewhat convoluted explanation has everything to do with timing: Thanos didn’t want to prematurely reveal his grand plan before executing it was doable, so loaning out one Stone to Loki was a gamble that could have gotten him two Stones without having to attract unwanted attention.

Odin's death made 'Infinity War' possible.

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Here’s a complete guide to the location of the Infinity Stones leading into Avengers: Infinity War.

Thanos has been culling populations for decades; He kidnapped Gamora around 18 years ago but has had his genocidal tendencies for far longer. He’s quietly sought Infinity Stones for years. He sent Gamora hunting for the Soul Stone long before the first Guardians of the Galaxy. But in Avengers, if Thanos had gotten directly involved and attacked Earth for the Tesseract himself, then he might have attracted the attention of characters like Odin, Ego, or the Ancient One, who could have contested his mission. Manipulating Loki into a red herring was a safer play, especially when Thanos couldn’t fully wield the Stones at that point.

It wasn’t until after Odin died in Thor: Ragnarok that Thanos had the chance to attack Nidavellir and force the dwarf king Eitri (Peter Dinklage) to build the Infinity Gauntlet. We know from a brief exchange between Eitri and Thor that the space station was under the protection of Asgard, so when Odin’s death unleashed Hela, leading to the destruction of Asgard, the dwarves were left unguarded. That’s when Thanos struck, had the Gauntlet made, and then quickly took each Stone one-by-one until he eliminated half the universe.

Most of the MCU’s heroes have turned to ash, with just the original Avengers left alive along with Rocket, War Machine, and Nebula. How will they all handle the fallout in Avengers 4? And can they use Captain Marvel’s help to somehow fix things?

Captain Marvel is scheduled for release March 6, 2019 with the still untitled Avengers 4 scheduled for May 3, 2019.

'Pokemon Sword & Shield' leaked gyms may help you decide which version to buy

Each game will come with three exclusive gyms.

Pokémon Sword and Shield is days away from introducing fans to the Galar Region, but a majority of the series’ next generation has already leaked online. The games’ full Pokédex, three starter evolutions, and potentially the plot have appeared on message boards. And there’s still more details about Sword and Shield emerging ahead of release.

'Rise of Skywalker' theory explains why Anakin's Force ghost is necessary

This rowdy theory explains how Mortis and Vader's ghost could rock 'Episode IX'.

When Anakin Skywalker turned back to the Light side of the Force in Return of the Jedi, we knew his Force ghost hung out with Yoda and Obi-Wan because we saw him smiling at Luke at the end of the movie. But where did Anakin’s ghost go after that? One new theory suggests the elder Skywalker intentionally took his spirit and hid it in a special place, just in case Palpatine came back to life.

Here's exactly when you can start watching 'The Mandalorian' on Disney+

The first ever Star Wars live-action show is almost here!

We’re less than 24 hours away from the launch of Disney+ and the release of The Mandalorian, but eager Star Wars fans still don’t know exactly what time the live-action show will release. In fact, there’s actually some conflicting information out there right now about the show’s release time. Confused? Here’s what you need to know so you can start watching The Mandalorian on Disney+ as soon as humanly possible.

How to watch 'Rick and Morty' Season 4 live, online, or on-demand

It depends on the country.

After being off the air for more than two full years, Rick and Morty returned Sunday night with the Season 4 premiere, but what’s the best way to watch? The obvious answer is to catch it on live TV with a cable subscription tuned in to Cartoon Network right at 11:30 p.m. Eastern when the episode airs, but in the digital age things get much more complicated — especially for international fans outside the United States.

'Rick and Morty' Season 4 release date, trailer, episode titles, and more

Here are all the facts and plenty of speculation about Season 4.

More than two years after Rick and Morty Season 3 ended, Season 4 of Adult Swim’s beloved animated sci-fi comedy kicks off November 10 — and Morty’s about to go “nuts this time.”

The first five episodes of Rick and Morty Season 4 begin airing November 10, and Adult Swim has already released the titles for these episodes, along with a Twitter thread revealing the unserious episode synopses for each. We’ve got crazy Morty, a space snake, and even a dragon. Season 4’s going to be a trip, and it might even have an episode inspired by Dungeons & Dragons.