Loki: Time Variant Authority and Time-Keepers Explained

The first episode of Marvel Studios’ third TV series to be released, Loki, premiered Wednesday, and it officially introduced the multiverse to MCU, something Spider-Man: Far From Home and then WandaVision were expected to do.

The multiverse was touched upon on the show in the context of the Time Variance Authority, or TVA, an organization that has arrested Loki for meddling in what they call the Sacred Timeline. In case you didn’t know, Loki’s escape after stealing the Tesseract was not intended, according to TVA.

What is TVA? Let’s explain.

TVA in Marvel Comics, as mentioned above, is an organization that is beyond the reach of reality and works at the focal point of every timeline – it calls it “sacred timeline.” The employees of this huge institution, who are literally faceless in lore, are in fact clones of the original genetic stock, so there will be no dissidents.

Just like in the show, TVA claims it keeps an eye on all reality, but in the comics, that’s not true. Kang the Conqueror, a character to be played by Jonathan Majors in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is in conflict with the TVA over “temporary rule.”

TVA is supposedly run by a trio of entities called Time-Keepers. The show makes their existence ambiguous because the TVA employees believe in them as one would believe in a deity. Loki, who really doesn’t believe in anything, certainly has his doubts. But in the comics, they really exist. Or existed.

Time-Keepers were created by He Who Remains, TVA’s first chairman, to replace Time-Twisters, which was reportedly more flawed.

In lore, Time-Keepers were quite protective of themselves, trying to kill Avengers, who they said were meddling, and nexus creatures like Scarlet Witch. Basically anyone with the power to destroy them. They enlisted the help of Immortus (Nathaniel Richards) to do the job, but he joined the Avengers instead. He was also the reason Wanda and Vision started a relationship.

Kang, with the help of Rick Jones, continued to destroy them while removing various realities to weaken humans and ensure that they last forever.

This comes from the comics, of course, and MCU is known for never changing its source material panel by panel, so expect something different and surprising in the upcoming episodes of the show.

Loki is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar Premium.

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