In Infinity War, Thor tells the Guardians of the Galaxy that

the Time and Mind Stones are safe on earth, they’re with the Avengers.

The Mind Stone is OK (it’s part of Vision, after the events of Age of Ultron), but the Time Stone was with Dr. Strange and he was not part of the Avengers. In fact, nobody from the Avengers knew about the Time Stone.

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    Strange is wearing the amulet when he talks to Thor in Ragnarok, so maybe he sensed it?
    – CBredlow
    May 3, 2018 at 18:17
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    Technically speaking, at the start of Infinity War, Vision isn't part of the Avengers either. He and Scarlet Witch are fugitives following the events of Civil War.
    – F1Krazy
    May 3, 2018 at 18:21
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    Was Strange wearing it when talking to Thor in the mid credits sequence of Dr Strange [2016]? Or were they talking in near enough proximity for him to know it was there?
    – JohnP
    May 3, 2018 at 18:33
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    Perhaps by 'safe on Earth with the Avengers' he meant that the stones were on Earth, and thus safe because the Avengers were around to defend them? As in, the Avengers didn't have the stones, but would stop Thanos from coming through and stealing them? May 3, 2018 at 18:57
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    Don't forget that Thanos' minions also went directly to Vision in Scotland to take his stone. They knew where he was when Stark did not (locators were turned off). So they seem to have some way of detecting the exact location of the stones. It wasnt shown how they did this.
    – JK.
    May 7, 2018 at 3:54

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Thanos told his minions to find the two stones that are on Earth just after he kills Loki and before he uses the Power and Space stones to blow up the Asgardian ship and escape (respectively). Thor already knew the location of 4 of them: he knew the Space and Power stones were with Thanos, he knew the Mind stone was on Earth, and he knew the Reality stone was with the Collector. He states when talking to the Guardians that nobody has ever seen or knows where the Soul stone is, so by process of elimination the other stone that Thanos said is on Earth must be the Time stone. That doesn't necessarily mean that he knew who on Earth actually had it though.

It is possible that Heimdall knew that Dr. Strange had the Time stone and told Thor at some point prior to his death. When he wants, Heimdall can see anyone in the nine realms.

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    Except Thor specifically says that the time and mind stones are 'with the Avengers'. Process of elimination doesn't tell him that.
    – Jherico
    Jun 15, 2018 at 15:46
  • I already added that caveat - read the final sentence of the first paragraph of my answer.
    – Derek
    Jun 18, 2018 at 22:03

When Thor says those two stones are safe on earth, and with the Avengers, he may just mean that they’re on the same planet as the Avengers, and will thus be protected by them (even if they don’t currently possess the Time Stone).

It’s also worth remembering that Thor is King of Asgard — in his mind, earth is probably somewhere he occasionally goes, and the Avengers are lucky people who get the honour of fighting with him when he does. He may have assumed Strange, who he met in Thor: Ragnarok, was part of the Avengers because he’s from earth and has powers - he’s King of Asgard, he’s not checking the membership rosters personally. (As his “he hasn’t fought me!” comment about Thanos a little later suggests, he’s not really a details guy.)

  • Hi Paul. When Gamora asks Thor , where Thanos might go next , Thor says he is going to Nowhere. He explains , Thanos took Power stone when he decimated Xandar , took Power stone from him killing Loki , and then he says Mind and Time stone are safe on Earth , Nobody knows about Soul stone where it is , therefore he is going to Nowhere to collect Reality stone from the collector . May 4, 2018 at 14:54
  • @AmbernathI: “ then he says Mind and Time stone are safe on Earth” — right, but like you said in your question, he also mentions the Avengers. May 4, 2018 at 15:58
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    Would be worth watching their meeting again; I'm pretty sure the entire thing was onscreen. Some of, if not all of, the scene cuts weren't movie magic but Strange teleporting them around. Thor gets woozy from it at one point.
    – Izkata
    May 5, 2018 at 0:44
  • @Izkata: yup, having re-watched, it definitely plays as if we’re seeing the whole encounters and there’s no discussion of Infinity Stones. Aug 24, 2018 at 21:57

In the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor said he was actually looking for Infinity Stones. In his research, he migt have heard of the Eye of Agamotto and more precisly what is inside the amulet.

Even if he looks surprised by the presence of wizard on Earth, it could explain why he knows that the Time Stone was near the Avengers.

  • Hello and welcome to SFF! This is a nice first answer but it would be improved if you could add the relevant quotes to your answer!
    – TheLethalCarrot
    May 4, 2018 at 8:33
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    From the film's transcript: "See, I spent some time on Earth... Fought some robots, saved the planet a couple of times. Then I went searching through the Cosmos for some magic, colorful Infinity Stone things." May 4, 2018 at 14:59

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