Long before Marvel's epic Infinity War, the Mind Stone was the very first Infinity Stone Thanos ever found. The movie confirmed that he gave it to Loki in the form of his Scepter, but how Thanos got it in the first place was never explained... Until now.
The Captain Marvel movie doesn't care about explaining Ronan the Accuser's path to Thanos and his Infinity Stones, despite featuring his character at a key moment in Earth's history. But now that Thanos and his master plan has been explained, laying out Ronan's own timeline in the MCU helps solve the riddle of his betrayal of the Kree, his alliance with Thanos, and the strange "intelligence" guiding the entire empire.
Ronan was lied to just as much as Carol Danvers, serving an empire built around a lie... and the Mind Stone Thanos used to begin his war.
- This Page: Why Did Ronan Betray His People?
- Page 2: Ronan Stole The Mind Stone From The Kree
Why Does Ronan Betray The Kree After Captain Marvel?
The first time fans realized Ronan the Accuser would be in Captain Marvel, playing a direct role in Captain Marvel and Starforce serving the will of the Kree Empire, their imaginations ran wild. It seemed at the time that Captain Marvel would actually function as a prequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, and set up Ronan's eventual betrayal of his people. Unfortunately the return of Ronan--like the role played by his future lieutenant Korath--amounted to little more than a Guardians cameo. But we know that wasn't always the case.
In the finished film, Ronan appears as one of multiple "Accusers," a branch of the military apparently responsible for bombing enemy planets. For all intents and purposes, Ronan appears to be a loyal servant of his Kree authorities, the uppermost being the Supreme Intelligence itself. But judging by the photos of Yon-Rogg and Ronan planning their mission, the original plan was to make him a larger part of the Kree's actions. Presumably, to offer some kind of explanation (or at the very least a hint) of why he finally betrays the Kree completely.
What Secret Did Ronan Discover?
The movie offers a slight explanation by implying a Kree peace treaty with the Nova Empire, based on Xandar, is the only factor. But in hindsight--at least for fans who enjoy spinning theories that might work better than Marvel's actual writing--that doesn't feel like the whole story. By the time Guardians begins, Ronan has abandoned his people, been ruled an outcast and pariah, and now seeks vengeance... by serving Thanos. Fans expected Captain Marvel to shed some light, but the introduction of Ronan as a calm, loyal Kree Accuser works almost completely against it. Unless fans focus on one moment in particular. Whatever his conversations with Yon-Rogg or Starforce, the final showdown with Captain Marvel in Earth's orbit confirms that even he hasn't been given the whole story. Like Carol Danvers, he was only ever given the information needed to serve the will of the Kree Supreme Intelligence.
The audience knows just how deeply the deception from Yon-Rogg and the Supreme Intelligence runs... but what if Ronan didn't? What if one lie being exposed led Ronan to question everything, starting at the top? We strongly suspect that if he learned the truth about the "Supreme Intelligence," his path to Thanos, collector of Infinity Stones, makes perfect sense.