"Loki" Just Introduced The Time Variance Authority To The MCU, And Here's What That Means
Like Loki, we are burdened with glorious purpose to understand the TVA.
Obviously, 🚨 HUGE SPOILER WARNING 🚨 for Episode 1 of Loki. Please do not proceed if you don't wanna read it. Go watch and come back later!
It was great to see Loki scheming (and alive) again, and Episode 1 introduced the newest intergalactic superpower in the MCU.
Move over, Infinity Stones. Say hello to the Time Variance Authority, aka the TVA.
Now, just what the heck is the TVA?? Thankfully the episode featured a voiceover from the adorable and informative Miss Minutes.
Here's exactly what she said:
"Long ago, there was a vast, multiversal war. Countless unique timelines battled each other for supremacy, nearly resulting in the total destruction of, well, everything. But then the all-knowing Time-Keepers emerged, bringing peace by reorganizing the multiverse into a single timeline, the Sacred Timeline. Now, the Time-Keepers protect and preserve the proper flow of time for everyone and everything. But sometimes, people like you veer off the path the Time-Keepers created. We call those Variants. Maybe you started an uprising or were just late for work. Whatever it was, stepping off your path created a nexus event, which, left unchecked, could branch off into madness, leading to another multiversal war. But, don't worry, to make sure that doesn't happen, the Time-Keepers created the TVA and all its incredible workers. The TVA has stepped in to fix your mistake and set time back on its predetermined path. Now that your actions have left you without a place on the timeline, you must stand trial for your offenses."
*It feels important to note that this introduction contains the words "multiverse" and "madness," and that the title of an upcoming MCU film is literally Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Do with this information what you will.
In case you don't want to read the giant block of text I just put in front of your face, let's summarize.
This is a pretty close explanation to what the comics say about the TVA: Their job is to avoid the entanglement of the multiverse.
Here's what Michael Waldron, the head writer of Loki, had to say about the TVA:
"The Time Variance Authority is an organization that literally manages and polices all of time, [so] we had to define what time is to them and what time is in the MCU. How does it move? What is time travel? How does it operate? And so, we had to essentially create an institutional knowledge among the writer's room. A foundation of what constitutes a broken time law and what doesn't — which is about Loki breaking a time law — and then you have to move all that stuff as far to the background as humanly possible, because you don't want the audience focusing on the rules of time travel during your show.”