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16 Fan Theories About MCU Villains That Make A Ton of Sense

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It's tough to be a Marvel fan after Endgame. With the MCU on a temporary hold, fans are rehashing the past events of Earth's Mightiest Heroes and coming up with fresh fan theories. These mind-blowing theories about MCU villains like Loki and Red Skull are not only plausible, but a ton of fun. 

If you've ever wondered if Thanos has a back up plan, you're not alone. Browse below and vote up the best fan theories about MCU villains!

  • 1. How Steve Was Able To Resist Thanos

    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/XanPerkyCheck:

    I'm referring to the scene in Infinity War when Rogers is resisting Thanos wearing the gauntlet. Thanos moves his glove hand towards Rogers, and Rogers stops it with both hands. Thanos strains a bit more, but is unable to move his hand forward or close his grip, so he just knocks Rogers out with his non-glove hand instead. If you look at his facial expression, he looks shocked upon the initial block, then he looks really perplexed with his eyes squinting and all, like he's thinking "how is this guy able to do this?" But what is 'this' that Rogers is doing? 

    I don't believe it's physically blocking Thanos' hand. Thanos beat up Hulk, and Rogers is definitely not stronger than Hulk, not to mention Thanos knocks out Rogers seconds later, while Rogers' uppercut punch did nothing to Thanos. The glove works by responding to the will of the user, and in that moment, both of them were in physical contact with the glove. So Rogers was kind of "out-willing" Thanos, and while none of the infinity stones were actively being used, they were implicitly responding to both Thanos' and Rogers' wills respectively, with Rogers' influence being greater. And that's how he was able to resist Thanos.

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  • 2. Loki's Doubles Use Their Left Hand

    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/radkarth:

    Loki is right handed. If you look, in movies since the Thor to Avengers to Ragnarok, he wields with his right hand. He holds weapons with his right and the sceptor in Avengers with his right. There are two occasions he uses his left hand (that I've found). One, when he fakes his own death in Dark World. You can find him holding the dagger with his left hand during the entire scene. Two, when he stabs Thanos.

    So, Loki's illusion uses his left hand because he's a mirrored version? The Loki that was killed in the beginning of IW was an illusion and he's still out there, maybe disguised or just in hiding.

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  • 3. Hela Is Not Frigga's Daughter

    Photo: Thor / Paramount Pictures

    From Redditor HighTreazon:

    My personal headcanon is that Hela isn't actually Frigga's daughter, but rather the child of a different woman sired by Odin. Not only does Hela have a complete lack of semblance to Frigga, but she was born during Odin's darker and more bloodthirsty days of conquest.

    I like to think that Odin went away on a campaign and returned with Hela, who grew up somewhat resented by Frigga, and became a literal reminder of Odin's past sins. Odin was never perfect, and I think that this reading adds a nice nuance to Hela's story.

    In fact, for a long time (before IW or Endgame) I fancied that Hela's mother was the actual Lady Death, hence her morbid godhood and evil whims. In a way it makes Odin's story a sort of Faustian one.... where Death gives him a child with which he can conquer the 9 realms, but the child will of course be Asgard's undoing.

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  • 4. The Only Way To Beat Thanos Was In A Timeline Where He Thought He Won

    Photo: Avengers: Infinity War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/big_pecs:

    Thanos destroyed the stones and died smugly because he saw his future through the time stone, successfully creating a new universe. He naturally didn't look at 14,000,605 timelines like Dr Strange, was not aware of the timeline he loses, giving an advantage to Strange who already saw what strings he needed to pull to win. The only way to beat Thanos was in a timeline where he thought he won, and met himself die. 

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