Following its first year on Disney+ and three theatrical releases, Marvel rounded out 2021 with the box office smash, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which broke all previous records. What blew fans away was seeing the three Spider-Men on screen together; while that itself is a component of movie magic, descriptively it wouldn’t have worked without Marvel’s Loki.
Fans were first introduced to the TVA and the concept of “variants,” or different versions of oneself, when Loki premiered on Disney+ on June 9th, 2021. “Prune” Variants who were a threat to the “Sacred Timeline” through Nexus events was TVA’s job, which was done without the organization’s knowledge.
In light of the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, one would expect TVA to have been there when Peter entered the snowy Sanctum Santorum. However, they were nowhere to be found. So why did they not? It’s possible that this new theory can explain not only their absence but also how Loki ended up causing the events of No Way Home.
A time heist in Avengers: Endgame allows Loki, the villain from the original 2012 film, to steal back the Tesseract and use it to flee. Nevertheless, he does so as a Variant, and if his actions had been allowed to continue, they would have led to a branch in the “Sacred Timeline.”
Forcing Loki to help Mobius capture Sylvie, who is on a mission to destroy the TVA after the TVA “pruned” this branch is how Mobius and Sylvie first meet in this story. Sylvie, Mobius, and Loki work together to uncover the truth about He Who Remains’ involvement in the TVA by the end of Season 1. “Sacred Timeline” had been threatened by Kang of the Conqueror’s version of himself, which led him to form the organization.
As a result, the Multiverse and all of its branching timelines and Variants are set free. Sylvie kills He Who Remain despite his protestations.
According to Marvel Studios’ Disney+ timeline, Loki is technically the first story in the MCU’s Phase 4 arc. Hawkeye is scheduled to be released in the latter stages of Phase 4, while Spider-Man: No Way Home will follow shortly afterward.
Sylvie killed He Who Remains and freed the Multiverse before Strange cast that first spell in No Way Home, so it’s fair to presume that the occurrences of Loki helped contribute to the madness Strange and Spidey encountered, such as the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Peter Parker Variants and the fresh, crosslinked timelines their villains likely generated upon being cured.
It’s also the reason why the destruction of Strange’s Multiversal villain fail-safe cube could tear the fabric of reality. He Who Remains’ murder wasn’t a total loss, though. For example, Loki’s redemption was a central theme.
They were shown to be relegated to the Void whenever Loki attempted to fix themselves. This all changed when Loki, Sylvie, and Classic Loki defeated Alioth and through Loki’s own arc from villain to hero all through the show’s run.
One of the recurring themes in No Way Home is the notion of redemption. Every one of Spider-Man’s antagonists was brought to justice. Yet another example of how events surrounding Loki played a role in what happened. Although He Who Remains has been killed and timelines are splintering, Strange and Spidey nearly broke reality, where was TVA during all of this madness?
Mobius and Hunter B-15 don’t recognize Loki when he shows up at TVA headquarters for the final time in Loki Season 1’s final act. The show’s production designer, Kasra Farahani, claims that Loki and this TVA are in “a different place” and “a different timeline.”
Loki now perceives a statue of Kang the Conqueror rather than a statue of the fictional Time Keepers, implying that Kangs are now free to roam the Earth. That’s unsettling on its own. Because of where No Way Home falls in Phase 4, the TVA exists but no longer tries to stop Nexus events or Multiversal entanglements. In fact, these kinds of events may be exactly what Kang needs or wants.
Spider-Man 3 writer Erik Sommers said that the events of Loki “weren’t planned to coincide” with the events of No Way Home, but it happened to work out as it shows “there is trouble in the multiverse.”
When asked if the events in “Loki” line up with Doctor Strange’s spell, his No Way Home co-writer Chris McKenna said, “Whether certain things that were happening in ‘Loki’ line up in terms of the timeline exploding,’ I don’t know.
Even though Loki and No Way Home were made independently, Marvel Studios is the ultimate Time Keeper and the studio was well aware of their Multiversal stories. In addition, there’s already evidence that the two plots will be linked on-screen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Loki’s Mobius and Sylvie are rumored to return for Doctor Strange 2, along with the appearance of one of Loki’s orange-tinted Time Doors in the trailer. No Way Home star Doctor Strange might be a “Nexus” that connects Spider-Man’s threequel with Loki. Fans will know soon as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to be released on May 7, 2022.