When Loki picked up the Tesseract at Avengers Endgame, raised an important question about the aesthetics of the Russo brothers’ time travel. Loki’s sudden disappearance puzzled many fans, who were even more confused as to what Steve Rogers actually did by returning the stones. Fortunately, Kevin Feige, the man who monitors all the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that the particular scene in question was meant to give Loki his own crime thriller. And everything would be answered.
Then, a few months ago, the official trailer of the series Loki was released, explicitly confirming that Loki’s attempt to escape with the Tesseract had created secondary realities (in the same way that The Ancient One had warned Bruce Banner before lending him the Time Stone). Now, Loki must help the Time Variation Authority, the guardians of the sacred timeline, fix it. However, that is not what the first episode indicates. That’s how it is Loki Isn’t it really about the God of Mischief fixing his own mess? If we judge something at the end of the second episode, it is that it has made things worse.
The first episode starts from the moment in 2012, when Loki escaped with the Tesseract. This was due to a bad attempt to steal the Tesseract by Scott Lang and Tony Stark in 2023. The sudden escape causes Loki to land somewhere in the middle of the Gobi desert. And then the series premiere wastes no time introducing the Time Variation Authority, as Hunter B-15 arrests Loki for sequence violation causing a rift in the sacred timeline.
As the hunters grab Loki and return to TVA headquarters through some magical doors, Hunter B-15 orders his subordinate to reset timeline. Then the subordinate places something like a timing device that contains some blue item. Activate the device, which begins to converge towards its rear as if pressed. The sequence then cuts to Loki, who is then shoved through the front door to the TVA headquarters. It is not really displayed on the screen what restore charge it really did. However, shortly after, Miss Minutes partially explains it.
When Loki is sent to the courtroom, he is shown an animated description of what the TVA stands for, as an organization. The narrator, Miss Minutes, tells how the TVA was formed by Timekeepers to monitor the flow of time and prevent any entity from distorting it. The narration suggests that TVA monitors minute details, such as being late for work, in case there is any chance the action spills over into a new timeline. She describes it as a Nexus event. As we see at the end of episode 2, several Nexus events occur at once and it almost seems impossible to fix. And it also establishes the idea of a Marvel multiverse, which will be further explored in Doctor Strange 2 Y Spider-Man: No Way Home.
In episode one, Miss Minutes explains in more detail how TVA agents interfere and take any rifter, which they eventually name, Variants, catching them. They are replaced by the original variant when resetting the timeline. Description issues The Adjustment Agency vibes, but that animated story shows how the reboot charges just get everything else back on track and somehow shift events back to their original intended chronological order. Since the variant that broke the timeline has no place in your world, it will be pruned / destroyed. Now what happens after the events of episode two? Fixing a Nexus event seems like an easy job for TVA, but what about multiple branches occurring at once?
Going back to the first sequence, Hunter B-15 made sure the reset charge was on before returning to the TVA. This implies that any rift Loki caused by escaping through the portal and stealing the Tesseract is already fixed in the first episode. And it’s further validated when Agent Mobius stops TVA from pruning him and makes Loki look at his previous life.
Loki realizes that there is no way he will go back to his timeline, because he has probably already been replaced as Miss Minutes explained. Also, Agent Mobius hires him not to really fix his own mess, but to stop a fugitive variant who kills TVA’a Minutemen. The trailers indicated that Loki it would try to correct the discrepancy in the timeline of Avengers Endgame. Clearly, there is much more at stake.
It’s too early to come to a conclusion, but the end of episode 2 raises a lot of questions. Even if Loki’s disaster Avengers Endgame fixed by resetting the load, wouldn’t that cause more changes to the way the events of Endgame turned out? Or who is the fugitive variant? Agent Mobius actually gave a very questionable and confusing detail regarding that aspect, but there is nothing to confirm or even know what is next. Loki.
After all, time itself is a mystery to TVA, as it works differently everywhere. Also, we never know how powerful the TVA really is because, in the comics, the TVA is not as formidable as Loki thinks. However, we have four more episodes to watch and see what Loki and your next thriller and crime experience with Mobius will unravel.
The first two episodes of Loki they are currently broadcasting on Disney +. Five more weekly episodes will follow, airing every Wednesday. The show stars Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Sophia Di Martino, Richard E. Grant, and Tara Strong (as Miss Minutes).