A new game sets the stakes high for the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe as a new player gets introduced in Loki – the Time Variance Authority. They have been in existence for so long yet no one has ever heard from them until now, but as Agent Mobius said, they don’t have to be known for people who are in their proper timeline as long as they remain in it, the TVA will not intervene. But first, who are they?
The plot of Loki thickens in his very own canon series and people are going wild over the revelations that the first episode has revealed and as usual, we all want more because we definitely need some answers especially with the MCU taking a turn with the debut of the Time Variance Authority and seeing how powerful they are, their presence is known in the MCU surely makes a mark.
Warning! This portion may contain spoilers for Loki. Read at your own risk!
In Episode 1, after Loki escapes with the tesseract, everything happened so fast yet so slow at the same time as the TVA arrives swiftly to where Loki is and to apprehend him, he had to face a blow 1 over 16th of the time while feeling the pain in real-time. If that doesn’t make them a real powerful bureau, you might want to revisit your memories of the whole MCU again.
As Loki arrives, he sees firsthand what the TVA is and he went through a process where he would be checked in as a “variant,” some term that the TVA has for a prisoner who committed a crime against time. The tesseract went into evidence, Loki gets through a change of clothes, signing of everything he has said, and even though determining whether he is a robot or not.
Then, here comes the fun part, Miss Minutes appear on various screens where she introduces the Time Variance Authority, how they came into existence, and what they do. Apparently, it all started when a massive multiversal war happened and literally destroyed everything. The Time-Keepers made the Sacred Timeline and created the Time Variance Authority to watch over and preserve it.
It has been explained that those who committed infractions on time, no matter how small it is, make a branched timeline which may cause a nexus (yes, like the fake commercial in WandaVision) and such may be a trigger to the alteration or change on the Sacred Timeline. Sworn to protect the timeline, the TVA cleanses it through resetting time and making those responsible for it liable either by a reset or pruning.
Just before Loki faces the judge, he sees a Skrull sampled with pruning, and apparently, it erases one from existence. Before the judge, Loki was asked how he would plead, and still confused as to what is happening, he asked if he could directly talk to the Time-Keepers, and the judge immediately slams this idea as they are busy dictating how the timeline should go.
Agent Mobius steps in and takes Loki into his custody. As they wander the walls, Loki sees how big of a bureau the TVA is and the place was just magically stunning. They also have technology where one’s file contains how their lives should go within the Sacred Timeline. Through the episode, Loki escaped once more looking for the tesseract thinking it could be the way out.
Loki meets Cassey, the person holding the evidence, and a surprise to Loki, the infinity stones turn out to be useless in the TVA, some others even just use the stones as a paperweight. With this, he kind of concluded that the TVA holds the most power in the universe. But who exactly are they anyway?
In Marvel Comics, they were first introduced in Thor Issue #371 with Justice Peace, a TVA agent, wherein they stop a threat that has something to do with time traveling.
The TVA is also known as the “Null-Time Zone” where the organization is keeping tabs on everything that is happening in the universe. They monitor all the realities in existence and they do not interfere unless needed. Time runs differently in their dimension, a pocketed one outside of time, and all their employees were created to fulfill their functions for the bureau.
They have quite an infinite number of Chronomonitors or men who monitor everything that is happening in the timeline to make sure that no one messes with it. They have soldiers as well, the Minutemen, and they cleanse the timelines in case it was breached.
As for Loki, it seems that the TVA is quite the same. However, their existence opens more doors in the future especially with upcoming films like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Spider-Man: No Way Home which is both expected to deal with alternate universes. It is expected that Loki will be taking on the explanatory part as to how the TVA really works.