In the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War Thanos asked for the Tesseract and when Thor said it was destroyed on Asgard, why didn't Loki just lie and agree with Thor?

If he had, Thanos could have gone on Asgard to find it and these guys would have gotten away.

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    It seems clear that Thanos wouldn't have believed him. – Paulie_D Sep 7 at 15:27
  • I've wondered why he just handed it over in un-Loki-like fashion. Surely he could have created an exploding version to at least stun Thanos, then strike him with a magic spear like he tried to later on. But, I guess that would have rendered the movie moot. – Johnny Bones Sep 7 at 15:31
  • I always thought it was Loki believed that the Hulk would defeat Thanos.... he was wrong. – Paulie_D Sep 7 at 15:37
  • @Paulie_D well if what would Thanos do if it actually got destroyed ? He knew that in the recent past Ragnarok has happened these guys might be telling the truth. – laslavinco Sep 7 at 17:14
  • @JohnnyBones What you said sounds more like Loki but it seems he had a plan to stab him whenever he would get the right opportunity because those 4 children of Thanos were always there so it was though to perform all of those things you've mentioned Loki would do – laslavinco Sep 7 at 17:20

Infinity War revealed that children of Thanos had some off screen ability to track specific locations of Infinity Stones. They used this tracker to find Vision’s Mind Stone.

Given that revelation, Thanos would have used the same tracker to know that the Tesseract / Space Stone would be on the Asgard refugee ship with them since apparently this tracker can detect in spite of Loki’s ability to hide it.

At that point Thanos just requires Loki to cough it up from whatever place he’s hidden it. And would know if Loki was telling the truth.

  • How does Loki know any of this for it to actually matter in Loki's decision to tell the truth? – Gnemlock Sep 14 at 5:55
  • @Gnemlock Loki isn't an idiot, seems like the obvious conclusion to come to. Thanos either stumbled across them completely by accident in the vastness of space during his search for the Stones, or he has some means of locating them. The latter is the far more likely option. – Anthony Grist Sep 14 at 12:26
  • Yeah I have to believe Thanos knows it’s on that ship and not on (destroyed) Asgard by this point. We know they have a way to track down the stones when Scarlet Witch and Vision try to escape from Procima Midnight and Corvus Glave. – enorl76 Sep 15 at 0:45

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