All these years, our hatred of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the first Avengers film has been extremely misplaced. According to the official onscreen bio of the MCU version of the character, the Asgardian trickster god was also under the spell of the very staff he used to control others.
"Gifted with a Scepter that acted as a mind control device, Loki would be able to influence others. Unbeknownst to him, the Scepter was also influencing him, fueling his hatred over his brother Thor [Chris Hemsworth] and the inhabitants of Earth," reads the Marvel website.
As we know now, the staff contained one of the six Infinity Stones, the Mind Stone, that would later be wielded by Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the golden Infinity Gauntlet. Loki used the power of the ancient object to gain the unyielding obediance of Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), who both helped Loki in opening a portal that allowed the Chitauri army to invade New York City.
As the release of Avengers: Endgame creeps ever nearer, it's good for audiences to know that Thanos knew exactly what he was doing when he gave Loki that scepter. The manipulative villain was playing the long con from the very beginning, even if it meant turning brother against brother — as if we didn't need another reason to root for his downfall. It makes Thor and Loki's reconciliation in Ragnarok and Loki's death not long after all the more heartbreaking.