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]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.