November 30, 2023

Loki season 2 is lastly out, with the primary episode now streaming on Disney Plus. The Loki 2 premiere features a credit scene, as I already knew. What I didn’t assume was potential was for Marvel to introduce a brand new time journey rule that contradicts what we noticed within the MCU thus far, particularly in Avengers: Endgame

Usually, that will be an enormous downside for the complete MCU and probably an enormous plot gap. Nonetheless, the brand new time journey guidelines in Loki season 2 make sense for a particular motive.

I can’t clarify it earlier than warning you that large spoilers will observe under. Be sure you watch Loki season 2 episode 1 earlier than going any additional.

Endgame’s time journey guidelines

Between the Avengers: Infinity Warfare and Endgame premieres, the prevalent idea was the Avengers would journey again in time to beat Thanos (Josh Brolin) and undo the snap. These rumors have been virtually correct. Little did we all know on the time that Endgame would current time journey otherwise than what we anticipated.

Going again in time wouldn’t change the long run, as Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) defined to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Warfare Machine (Don Cheadle) in a hilarious scene.

By the way in which, that scene has been fully modified now by the large Secret Invasion reveal. The Warfare Machine in Endgame may need been a Skrull all alongside, which makes his ardour for time-traveling motion pictures all of the extra fascinating.

We then discovered that going again to the previous will solely create an alternate timeline just like the one the place Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) retired on the finish of Endgame. Any small change made to the previous will create a brand new department of actuality the place occasions circulate otherwise.

(L-R): Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Ke Huy Quan as OB, and Owen Wilson as Mobius in Loki season 2. Picture supply: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

Time circulate and the TVA

It wasn’t till Loki season 1 that we discovered what altering the timeline means. Beneath the route of Kang, however not figuring out whose orders they’re following, the TVA has been systematically pruning alternate timelines, basically wiping out billions of residing beings from existence. They did it to forestall different Kang variants from rising, which might inevitably result in multiversal wars.

Because of Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), these wars are right here, and solely Loki (Tom Hiddleston) appears to have realized it.

The Loki season 1 finale additionally confirmed us the place the He Who Stays Kang variant lived. He resided outdoors of time, which permits him full management over the circulate of time. He doesn’t age so he can dwell for eons, policing the timeline’s previous, current, and future. Nicely, every little thing could be thought-about the current from his vantage level.

OB (Ke Huy Quan) in Loki season 2 trailer 1.
OB (Ke Huy Quan) in Loki season 2 trailer 1. Picture supply: Marvel Studios

Equally, the TVA doesn’t understand the circulate of time. It’s nonetheless unclear the place the situation of the TVA is. However Loki season 2 simply advised us the TVA has an analogous vantage level as Kang. Subsequently, they don’t actually expertise time.

Hilariously, we discovered that Mobius (Owen Wilson) first met OB (Ke Huy Quan) some 400 years in the past. However the former has no reminiscence of that assembly since Kang systematically erased everybody’s reminiscence over time.

Time journey inside TVA

Nonetheless, time does go on the TVA, even at a distinct price than in an everyday timeline. Give it some thought: the folks serving Kang need to have some assemble of time. There should be a yesterday and a tomorrow. That OB tells Mobius precisely how lengthy it has been since they final met proves that time.

Then again, Kang constantly erasing the reminiscences of TVA brokers means they gained’t bear in mind every little thing of their TVA profession.

That is the place the MCU time journey anomaly occurs. Loki is being pulled by time, visiting the TVA’s previous, current, and future. When going again to the previous, he can change the long run by having a dialog with OB about his situation.

Previous-OB comes up with a repair that’s then accessible within the current time instantaneously. And Current-OB conjures reminiscences of a previous assembly with Loki though he technically simply met him for the primary time. All of it occurs in real-time, as the 2 OB variants individually speak to Loki and Mobius. 

Is that the Time Loom rearranging realities into a new Sacred Timeline?
Is that the Time Loom rearranging realities into a brand new Sacred Timeline? Picture supply: Marvel Studios

It will probably all be mind-boggling, particularly given the Endgame guidelines. Once more, altering the previous of a timeline won’t change the way forward for that timeline.

Nevertheless it works on the TVA, given the group operates outdoors of the common circulate of time. That is the one place the place you may change the previous to change the long run.

Additionally, this clarification prevents Marvel from having to provide you with alternate TVA organizations, every governing a timeline from the universe. As a substitute, there’s only one entity policing the multiverse. And having a disaster of conscience now that Loki and Sylvie uncovered the reality.

That’s why time journey in Loki season 2 shouldn’t be a plot gap, not but, not less than. And never so long as it occurs on the TVA.