Hey, remember that one time, in the first Avengers movie, when the god Loki (Tom Hiddleston) killed a bunch of people and opened a wormhole above New York that let in a bloodthirsty alien race? Those were the days.
"Arriving at the Sanctuary through a wormhole caused by the Bifrost, Loki met the Other, ruler of the ancient race of extraterrestrials the Chitauri, and Thanos. Offering the God of Mischief dominion over his brother’s favorite realm Earth, Thanos requested the Tesseract in return. 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 and the inhabitants of Earth."
So, Thanos — who was hellbent on getting all the infinity stones — gave Loki a staff with the mind stone in it, so Loki could help him retrieve the Tesseract, which contained the space stone? That doesn’t quite hang together, but I’m not a mad titan or trickster god, so maybe I’m not seeing the big picture.
This change to Loki’s story comes at a fortuitous time, as we know he is getting his own live-action show on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, which goes live later this year. And yes, Thanos did kill Loki in Avengers: Infinity War, but death has never stopped a comic book character from living their best life.