Welcome to the TVA, One of the Most Important Parts of the MCU
With just one episode of Loki, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already rebooted itself. In a likely homage to 2008’s Iron Man, Loki crashes in a desert after escaping captivity—just as Tony Stark did shortly after forging the suit that bought his freedom. Loki, though, is captured again, and he soon travels to a previously unseen, timeless place that is impervious to magic. Before long, Loki’s entire past (and even future) becomes moot, as he realizes he ended up in the hands of perhaps the most powerful organization in the entire multiverse: the Time Variance Authority.
The series premiere of Loki not only revived the character who met his demise in the opening minutes of Infinity War, but it quickly reset the power structure of the MCU. Suddenly, Thanos’s coveted Infinity Stones and even the Avengers seem inconsequential when compared to the all-knowing Time-Keepers and the bureaucracy they created in the TVA. Loki finds out the hard way that he has no “glorious purpose” in life, just a set path dictated by the Time Keepers that he’ll inevitably follow over …
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