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Did Captain Marvel Reveal How Thanos Got The Mind Stone?

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Ronan Stole The Kree Super Intelligence

One detail that helps shed some light on our theory is given in the only scene directly involving the larger Kree of the MCU, or at least, the Kree as they exist in the year 2014. Back in 1995 during the events of Captain Marvel, the Kree appear mostly accurate to their comic book counterparts. And that includes their devotion and subservience to the Supreme Intelligence, a synthesized mind incorporating the wisdom and history of the Kree people. In the film, the Supreme Intelligence is brutal in its domination: taking on the form its subjects most admire to manipulate their loyalty further, or violently harming and controlling their mind if the subject rebels.

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Fortunately, movie fans don't need to worry about the Supreme Intelligence any more. Because by the time Ronan is branded an outsider and "fanatic" by the Kree in Guardians of the Galaxy, the Supreme Intelligence no longer commands the empire. As the movie reveals...

"Scattered riots broke out across the Kree Empire today, protesting the recent peace treaty signed by the Kree Emperor and Xandar's Nova Prime."

No explanation is ever given for why the Kree are now ruled by an emperor, instead of the Supreme intelligence. But putting the pieces together, Ronan's own path helps offer an explanation. Ronan witnesses Carol's power, and realizes the Supreme Intelligence is keeping secrets. Ronan presumably investigates. The Supreme Intelligence vanishes. Ronan leaves the Empire. He is branded a "fanatic" and traitor. Ronan begins to serve Thanos. Thanos acquires the Mind Stone. By now, readers should know what conclusion to arrive at.

The Super Intelligence Was Actually The Mind Stone

Mind Stone is Kree Supreme Intelligence

Of all the many theories explaining Marvel's movie connections, this one may actually solve the most lingering questions while making the fewest waves. Assuming everything known about the Mind Stone and the "intelligence" alive inside of it, and how Captain Marvel does or doesn't fit with the future landscape of the MCU, the answer seems simple: the Kree Supreme Intelligence was the Mind Stone at work. From its intentions, its hunger for power, and the way it interacts with and manipulates its subjects, the math all adds up. If Captain Marvel fans assume that the device inhibiting Carol's full power is a sign of the Supreme Intelligence's power, then it even fits the comic book description of allowing its user to enhance their mental and psychic abilities perfectly.

Not to mention how it finally explains what plot thread connected Ronan the Accuser to Thanos the Infinity Stone collector. Also, how Ronan wound up appointed as the lieutenant of Thanos, with a ship, an army, and an opportunity for his own chance at revenge. The Mind Stone isn't something Ronan would ever wish to use, given its role in bringing the mighty Kree to their knees in subservience. But if he could trade it for a much more... powerful Infinity Stone, delivered to him by Thanos? That sounds more than believable.

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Some fans might point to the novel Thanos: Titan Consumed as contradicting this explanation of how Thanos got the Mind Stone in the first place. However, Marvel's decision to retroactively clarify that the Thanos origin novel is non-canon may actually make our explanation more likely. Despite all involved understanding it to be the canonical origin of Thanos, many assumed at the time that movie development had brought contradictions, or possible contradictions into play. Since the novel has Thanos learn of the Infinity Stones from a character dubbed 'Lorespeaker,' then simply take the Mind Stone from him... well, an explanation that ties into the existing MCU would likely be preferable.

If Captain Marvel could find a way to make Carol Danvers the beginning of the Avengers, and then also reveal that her story was relevant to Thanos and his Infinity War, why pass up the opportunity? After all, Captain Marvel anchors Carol's origins and powers in the Space Stone, so the Kree Empire worshiping the Mind Stone would actually change little about the story.

We'll assume this as head-canon until Marvel explicitly denies, if for no other reason than the character work it adds for Ronan the Accuser. As it stands, his flip from Kree commander to fanatical villain is entirely unexplained (he was serving Thanos long before the Kree/Xandar peace treaty was signed). Not only would this theory answer half a dozen MCU questions, but it would make his iconic face paint one of the best connective details in the entire MCU: black oozing from his eyes and mouth as a reminder to the Kree of the lies he saw and spewed while serving an Infinity Stone, instead of his people.

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Key Release Dates
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release date:
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