As the Disney Plus series turns the DNA of the Marvel Universe upside down, some questions arise retroactively.
By introducing the Time Variance Authority (TVA) and the Keepers of Time, the series Loki turned the Marvel Cinematic Universe upside down on a cellular level. Certainly the biggest big bang since the debut of the Guardians of the Galaxy, who had extended the Earth history of the MCU to the Infinite Cosmos. And the Disney Plus series goes even further, taking it to the next level, introducing the notion of the Sacred Timeline, nurtured by mysterious space lizards who rule the timeline of the entire Universe … Mind blowing n ‘ is not it?
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These Almighty Timekeepers were created in 1978 in the comics Thor by Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio (nothing to do with Karate Kid), presented as creations of “He Who Remains”, the last holdover from the previous universe, which guide and shape the new multiverse. These Time-Keepers are thus described in Loki, by Miss Minute, like survivors of a massive war between universes, on the verge of annihilating everything. In order to prevent this from happening again, they cultivated a sacred temporal flow, ensuring that no alternate reality can ever emerge again.
Because who says temporal manipulation, necessarily says creation of a parallel timeline. However, since Doctor Strange in 2016, the MCU introduced this idea that time travel was possible. That we could change the past. In 2019, it was even the central idea ofAvengers: Endgame, where Stark’s gang set out to find the Infinity Stones in the past, before they were destroyed by Thanos. But why the Time Variance Authority did not intervene at this moment? Why did the Keepers of Time let the Avengers change the past?
With a wave of his hand, Mobius (Owen Wilson) simply says in Loki that it was “supposed to be like this “. And then that’s all.
A little easy. In fact, there is a real explanation, which can be found in Avengers: Endgame himself. Remember: when the Hulk goes to fetch the Time Stone from Yao, aka The Elder, the mighty witch played by Tilda Swinton, she shares with Bruce Banner her intimate knowledge of time mechanics, after spending centuries to watch over this Infinity Stone. She tells him that stealing the Stones and removing them from their appropriate locations in the timeline would create alternate branches, other realities. Everything that Les Gardiens du Temps hates in short! So, she tells the Avengers that returning the Stones to their original position would seal the fate of those parallel branches and help maintain the integrity of the sacred timeline. In fact, if they hadn’t returned the Stones after defeating Thanos, at the end of Endgame, the VAT would certainly have intervened.
In the end, at no time did the Time-Keepers need to interfere with the plan of the Avengers, knowing in advance that things would eventually get better … Except for the little bug Loki, which was clearly not expected!