Who Created the TVA on ‘Loki’? Our Top Theories

Major Spoilers for Loki Episode 4 “Nexus Event” Ahead!

Loki Episode 4 “Nexus Event” simply challenged the whole lot we thought we knew about the Time Variance Authority, or TVA. As it occurs, the dreaded Time Keepers should not in command of the TVA or something! After our boy Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and girl love Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) are introduced earlier than them to be “pruned,” a determined struggle breaks out. Sylvie lands a killing blow and divulges…the Time Keepers are senseless androids.

So who actually created the TVA in Disney+’s Loki? And does this imply Kang the Conqueror’s introduction to the MCU is nigh?

Before we break down the most compelling theories about who created the TVA, lets again up and clarify how we received right here. Loki Episode 3 “Lamentis” ended with Loki and Sylvie caught in the center of a serious apocalypse. However the tender love that blooms between the two Loki variants sparks a serious “Nexus Event” that pulls Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) to them. Once in custody, Loki and Sylvie reveal the TVA’s first huge unhealthy secret — that everybody working in the TVA are mind-wiped variants — to Mobius and B-15, respectively. The one downside? Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) needs to smite down this rumor in any respect prices. She prunes pal Mobius and leads a high-stakes struggle in opposition to B-15 and the Loki Variants in the Time Keepers’ secret sanctum.

The episode ends with Sylvie studying the reality about the Time Keepers, B-15 and Loki being pruned, and Sylvie and Ravonna being the final ones standing. (Until, after all, that mid-credits scene reveals that every one the pruned characters are transferred to a Variant-riddled hellscape.)

So what’s the reality? If the Time Keepers aren’t actual, who actually created the TVA? Is one other Loki secretly working the TVA? And if not, might the actual huge unhealthy man be Kang the Conqueror, Ravonna, or another person we all know?

Here are our greatest guesses as to who created the TVA after Loki Episode 4…

Sylvie holding Time Keeper head in Loki Episode 4
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Did a Loki Variant Create the TVA?

For now, Team Decider’s hottest idea — judging by our Slack convos — is that there’s a Loki Variant controlling the TVA. That would clarify why there’s been such a panicked curiosity in pruning Lokis from the Sacred Timeline from the begin of the sequence. Any different rival Loki could possibly be a menace to the TVA Loki’s energy.

Ironically, by doing so, the TVA has created its best menace so far: Sylvie. Sylvie solely grew to become so hellbent on tearing the TVA to the floor as a result of she was pursued by them for therefore lengthy. And now Loki is firmly in her camp. How’s that for dramatic irony?

Loki Episode 4 appears so as to add a variety of gasoline to this idea. For one, plainly Loki and Sylvie’s connection is making a disruption like nothing else the TVA has ever seen. Maybe that’s as a result of the TVA at its core is the lonely challenge of a Loki determined for energy. Not to say that the second that Sylvie learns the Time Keepers are robots smacks of the second in The Wizard of Oz when the nice and highly effective Oz is revealed to only man from Kansas working a puppet present behind a curtain.

But provided that allusion, does it make extra sense {that a} Loki is working the TVA or only a dude…?

Time Keepers in Loki Episode 4
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Is Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror in Charge of the TVA?

Once once more, we should put forth the idea that Loki will introduce the MCU’s Phase 4 villain, Kang the Conqueror. Last September, simply as Loki was going again into manufacturing, Marvel let it slip in the trades that Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors could be taking part in time-traveling, reality-hopping villain Kang the Conqueror in the subsequent Ant-Man and the Wasp flick. Given how early this deal was inked, it’s potential that Majors was first forged to look in a cameo in Loki. 

Okay, however that’s not the solely motive we have now to suppose Loki is setting the stage for Kang the Conqueror. Besides the reality that he’s a timeline-surfing villain, his conventional costume appears to be like an terrible lot like the Time Keepers’ outfits in Loki. Moreover, his backstory is tied to 1 Ravonna Renslayer. Could or not it’s that the particular person in command of the TVA that Ravonna is de facto making an attempt to guard is…Kang?

But circling again to the concept that Kang, a personality we have now not seen earlier than in the MCU, is secretly in cost. Would that reveal make sense? Wouldn’t it make extra sense to place somebody in command of the TVA that we’ve already ostensibly seen behave as in the event that they’re in command of the TVA???

Ravonna Renslayer in Loki Episode 4
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Did Ravonna Renslayer Create the TVA?

Who is the solely particular person with full entry to the Time Keepers? Who indicators off on all the missions in the TVA? Who will kill folks to maintain the secrets and techniques of the TVA alive? Who is hellbent on pruning Lokis from the Sacred Timeline? Ravonna Renslayer.

If we’re in search of the character who advantages the most if the TVA stays as is, it needs to be this crafty decide. She’ll prune her buddies and her enemies with equal abandon, prioritizing the sanctity of the “Time Keepers” and the TVA in any respect prices. She additionally has the swankiest digs, full command over others, and a shelf stuffed with “trophies.”

The solely factor throwing chilly water on this idea? The starting of Loki Episode 4. We be taught that at one level Ravonna was Hunter A-23 and it was her job to apprehend Sylvie as a toddler. That implies that Ravonna began in a decrease place in the TVA in some unspecified time in the future. Ergo the TVA existed with out Ravonna being in energy. So another person needed to be in energy…

Mobius in Loki Episode 4
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Is the Answer to Who Created the TVA Going to be a Wild Twist?

With two episodes in Loki Season 1 but to premiere, there’s nonetheless loads of time for twists and turns and divulges. The actual energy behind the TVA could possibly be an entirely totally different character we’ve met or somebody utterly new! It might even be meta! My Decider co-worker Brett White has joked that Stan Lee might be revealed as the “creator” of the TVA. And my colleague Alex Zalben has spitballed a extremely scorching take: Mobius created the TVA and had his personal reminiscence wiped to neglect about it/guarantee nobody particular person managed the Sacred Timeline. Not certain the place the jet ski ties into this idea, however who is aware of!

(Personally, I believe Kang is the unknown rival Analyst that Ravonna is tight with; I believed that different Analyst that Mobius was jealous of might have been a Mobius Variant, however having a number of Variants of 1 particular person working round the TVA seems like a recipe for catastrophe if Renslayer et al need to hold the secret everybody’s a Variant going. I believe that when the mud settles on Loki Season 1, there might be an influence vacuum at the TVA that opens the door for Kang’s rise. JUST MY THEORY!)

Whoever or no matter is in command of the TVA, although, their time is ticking. If nothing else, the mid-credits scene after Loki Episode 4 revealed that if two Lokis working collectively might have spelled doom for the TVA, then 4 extra added to the combine is more likely to blow up the Sacred Timeline as we all know it.

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