Loki: Why Don't Marvel's Infinity Stones Work in the TVA? | CBR
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Loki Episode 1, "Glorious Purpose," streaming now on Disney+.
The series premiere of Loki was as full of huge revelations as Marvel fans have come to expect, but the most important of them arrived deliberately as an afterthought. Loki, having escaped his TVA captors, makes his way to the Tesseract, only to find it stuffed in a drawer with a number of other Infinity Stones. The most powerful items in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were lying forgotten in a pencil-pusher's drawer in some grand cosmic office.
It’s a shattering moment for Loki, who sees his dreams of conquest and rule dissolve into existential despair. But beyond that, it suggests that the wayward god is dealing with powers on an absolutely terrifying scale. The implications for him and the MCU as a whole are profoundly unsettling, which also makes them full of narrative potential.
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There are specific reasons why the Infinity Stones won’t work in the TVA, and indeed they were necessary to make …
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