How Loki’s TVA explains the Avengers: Endgame heist

(L-R): Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios' LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios' LOKI exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

A lot of people were very confused with the way Avengers: Endgame handled time travel and how it affected various timelines that should have been branched out from it and thankfully with the introduction of the Time Variance Authority aka TVA in the latest Marvel series Loki, we now have our answer as to what exactly went down.

During the first half of the episode, we see Loki standing trial for his crime of straying away from his initially charted path in the timeline.

As Loki stands trial before the TVA, he accuses the Avengers of the same crimes instead of pleading guilty, makes sense, since they were the one who traveled through the time first and disrupted the original flow of the timeline in order to get their hands on the infinity stones. While all Loki did was just use the hassle created by that mess and vanished away with the tesseract.

But then the judge reveals that what the Avengers did was something that was supposed to happen while Loki disappearing with the tesseract was not a part of the events from the Sacred Timeline.

This does reveal quite a bit as to how the TVA and Time Keepers work and how it exactly fits into MCU’s canon. Timekeepers and TVA maintain the sacredness of the one true timeline aka the Sacred Timeline, where the events that are supposed to take place have already been predetermined.

What does Loki reveal about the Avengers: Endgame heist?

The time heist in Avengers: Endgame never actually made perfect sense and there were various different theories about how it exactly worked, it was hard to separate logic from us just wanting to save our favorite Avengers. And it is certainly a given that any story which handles time travel is bound to run into its own share of complexity.

So, in Avengers: Endgame, according to Bruce Banner, changing the past does not change the person who traveled back in time’s future or their timeline’s future whatsoever. Instead, the past you just traveled back to is a part of your current self’s future. It is quite confusing and complex, but to simply put, what you do in the past won’t affect the future or your future as a whole. You can stop Tony Stark from dying in the past but when you come back to your reality, he will still be dead in your one true Sacred Timeline.

So Captain, Iron Man, and friends decide to travel to the past in order to retrieve infinity stones and it all goes according to their plan except for the fact that Loki fleas with the Tesseract by mistake. As for the infinity stones, we already know that Steve returned them to the timeline they belonged to.

And with the Loki reveal, it is confirmed that it was exactly what the TVA had decided for them, what Steve Rogers did at the end of the movie was also a part of their plan as well as the one possibility out of the 14 million possibilities which ensured their victory in the Infinity War was all a part of the fate written and approved by TVA.

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