After reading this question, I suddenly wondered if there is any existing material within the MCU that explains how Thanos came by the Mind Stone in order to then give it to Loki to try and gain the Space Stone.

Did he create the Sceptre and place the Mind Stone inside it, or did he locate it and it was already in there?

I'm aware that none of the movies themselves directly mention this, but I am wondering if the Avengers directors (Joss Whedon or the Russo brothers) have ever explained just how he came to be in possession of the first of the 6 Infinity Stones?

Or perhaps there was some preview comic released that addressed this?

  • After a simple google search: youtube.com/watch?v=aC3xYDDKEy4 Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 14:03
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    @GustavoGabriel That video states within the first few minutes that the publishers backed off from claiming the book to be canon to the MCU? As it's from a Youtube channel that's not affiliated with the MCU in any way, I wasn't entirely convinced of its accuracy
    – Dave
    Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 14:21
  • Just google "How did Thanos get the Mind Stone?", many answers from many sources will appear, from people who did the same research that we would do here to answer your question. Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 14:41
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    @GustavoGabriel is this site just for things that aren't mentioned anywhere else on the internet? Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 15:42
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    @GustavoGabriel: and if we describe some of them here, the community can vote up and down to indicate which are nonsense, and which are actually true. Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 16:57

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The 2018 novel Thanos: Titan Consumed describes how Thanos originally obtained the Mind Stone:

the Lorespeaker reveals that he is in possession of an Infinity Stone, the mind stone, and that he has waited for hundreds of years for someone to test it on. Thanos is tortured with the stone and tries with no avail to fight the Lorespeaker. At the last moment, Gamora and Nebula enter and kill the Lorespeaker, with Thanos gaining possession of the stone

However, as reported on io9, although the novel was originally announced by its publisher as an official MCU tie-in, they were apparently contacted by Marvel shortly after and told that the novel is not, in fact, considered part of MCU canon.

So, officially, we don't yet know how Thanos got the Mind Stone.

In Avengers: Endgame, we

see our heroes travel in time to various points where Infinity Stones existed, yet we still don't find out how Thanos first got the Mind Stone.

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    I couldn't find any actual statements from Marvel on this, so please, anyone, write your own answer with sources from the horse's mouth if you can find them. Commented Apr 3, 2019 at 17:56

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