The primary episode of Loki did not simply reintroduce the god of mischief and introduce us to the Time Variance Authority – it additionally gave us a giant new chunk of Marvel lore! It is revealed that the entire of time and existence is definitely overseen by three Time-Keepers, and because the Marvel universe strikes an increasing number of into the multiverse, we now have a sense they will develop into more and more essential.
We’re launched to the historical past of the Time-Keepers on the similar time Loki is, due to a retro-animated TVA “orientation” video. In keeping with the narration, eons in the past, there have been an enormous variety of timelines and realities, all of which had been totally different from each other. As a substitute of coexisting, nevertheless, the timelines started basically battling one another for dominance in an interdimensional conflict, which threatened to wipe out all of existence in each universe, eternally. To place an finish to it, the three Time-Keepers took issues into their very own palms and reorganized all of actuality right into a single, harmonious timeline – the “sacred timeline.” It has been the job of the TVA ever since to take care of that timeline, cease branches from forming out-of-sync alternate realities, and keep away from the potential for one other multiverse-encompassing conflict.
Who the Time-Keepers truly are, nevertheless, stays shrouded in thriller. Within the Marvel comics, they don’t seem to be the “founders” of the TVA, however fairly their legacy; they’re created by the final director of the TVA to guard the timeline. They’re additionally related to their servant/prisoner, the time traveler Immortus, who’s a former supervillain now tasked with undoing the harm he did when he was a younger villain referred to as Kang the Conqueror.
That itself could also be essential transferring ahead: in September 2020, rumors swirled that Jonathan Majors would be playing Kang within the upcoming Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania. Kang is related to each the Time-Keepers and Scarlet Witch within the comics, all linked collectively by means of their powers revolving across the multiverse, time journey, and reality-bending. Whereas the Time-Keepers presently simply look like vaguely creepy myths, we now have a reasonably sturdy feeling they will play into rather more of the story because the Marvel universe continues.