Marvel Confirms Popular Avengers Fan Theory About Loki

© 2011 Marvel
© 2011 Marvel

*Spoilers ahead for The Avengers and Avengers: Infinity War*

Loki’s death in Avengers: Infinity War was arguably one of the most shocking, as Thanos strangled him right in the opening scene. His death established that The Mad Titan was not one to mess with, and set up audiences for the heartbreaking ending to come, which saw half the population turn to dust at the hands of Thanos.

Though he's often painted as a bad guy, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki has become a favorite character throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe—so much so that fans have been wondering/hoping if there might be more to the complex character than what meets the eye.

A popular fan theory circulating argues that Loki’s mind was being controlled as far back as 2012's The Avengers. As we learn later on, Loki’s scepter contained the Mind Stone, given to him by Thanos when he was sent to Earth in the first film. People have theorized that the scepter could not only take over a person’s mind, but also influence what they do—something Loki didn’t realize was being done to him at the time.

This theory portrays Loki as more of a victim than a villain, something many Marvel fans have debated for years. And now, as pointed out by Screen Rant, it’s apparently been confirmed.

Marvel's official character page for Loki was casually changed, confirming the popular fan theory. It’s not known when exactly the description was updated, but it now reads:

“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.”

This explanation without a doubt explains why Loki started out so villainous in the MCU, then turned into a loving brother to Thor and ultimately died a hero.

Marvel bosses have not commented on the confirmation. Now we can just speculate if/how this will affect the upcoming live-action Loki series, which is set to premiere on Disney+.

[h/t Screen Rant]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods

Target
Target

No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.

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