Warning: if you haven't seen the debut episode of Loki, this article contains spoilers so read at your own risk!
Marvel Studios' latest Phase 4 offering Loki is finally here and one episode alone was more than enough to get the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom talking. Unlike WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's premiere episodes, Episode 1 of the Tom Hiddleston-led series was surprisingly pretty straightforward as it already gave fans an idea of what was going on.
Apparently, Loki's Tesseract heist during one of Avengers: Endgame's time travel sequences weren't supposed to happen, and although it may have looked like it was nothing serious, the God of Mischief's actions have caused a discrepancy within the timelines which will affect the entire multiverse.
In the show, the 2012 version of Loki is considered a "variant" by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) or a person who branches away from the MCU's main timeline by creating an alternate version of events. In Loki's defense, he wasn't aware that he caused some disparity in the timelines after he gained possession of the Space Stone but the TVA is still determined to maintain coherence within the main timeline.
If you may recall, in Endgame, Steve Rogers aka Captain America traveled back in time to return the Infinity Stones in their respective timelines. This led a lot of fans to assume that Rogers can also be considered a variant and that the TVA should be after him for potentially messing up with the timelines as he returned the stones.
The argument sounds pretty logical when you think about it but what some fans failed to understand is that Steve going back in time was actually meant to happen according to the TVA itself and as it turns out, the other timelines weren't affected or altered when the Avengers attempted to retrieve the remaining Infinity Stones in Endgame. The only thing that wasn't supposed to happen was Loki gaining possession of the Tesseract.
Loki is now streaming on Disney+.Also Read:Loki: Episode 1 Makes Stunning Revelation About Loki's Infinity War Fate