Rejoice in the glorious goal as everyone’s favorite trickster is back. Loki returns in the second season of his Disney+ series, appropriately titled Loki. Before that happens, we’re here to speed up the first season and try to unravel the time travel confusion.
Season One begins during the events of Avengers: Endgame as Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Scott Lang travel from 2023 to 2012 to steal the Tesseract from their 2012 counterparts during the events of Avengers.
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During the distraction, the 2012 Hulk accidentally knocks over the 2023 Tony and drops the Tesseract. 2012 Loki (Tom Hiddleston), always the sneaky type, takes a stone and disappears.
We find him lost in the desert when he meets the Time Variance Authority or TVA. It was brought to their headquarters, sort of a 1970s bureaucratic nightmare.
TVA is an organization that exists outside of time and keeps the sacred timeline in check. Whenever there is a discrepancy in the timeline, they go to that point in time and reset events, “pruning” variants of people from existence.
Loki is introduced to Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), a TVA social worker who decides to recruit him to work under the malevolent Time Keepers, ancient beings who demand the preservation of the timeline.
This choice brings Mobius into conflict with his long-time – and high-ranking – friend Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who would prefer this variant of Loki to be erased from existence.
Joining the TVA agents, Loki goes on a mission to stop one of his variants that kills the TVA agents and takes their TemPads timeline. Loki and Mobius deduced that this variant, a female version named Sylvie (Sophia di Martino), used charges to hide during various world-ending events such as Pompeii to avoid detection.
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Both Loki and Sylvie come to terms and decide to try to meet the Keepers of Time and make a case for staying alive only for Renslayer and her agents to attack them.
Loki uses one of the TemPads agents to take Sylvie and himself to Lamentis-1 in 2077, a moon about to be crushed by the planet. Planning to board the ark, they force their way forward, but the ark is destroyed before they can get inside.
Sylvie reveals to Loki the truth that all TVA agents are memory-wiped variants of real human beings on Earth. The two form a romantic bond, and Loki learns that Sylvie has been on the run from TVA since she was a child. This bond forms a branch of the timeline that TVAs are able to track. Mobius puts Loki in a memory loop where he confronts his childhood friend Sif (Jaimie Alexander).
Meanwhile, Sylvie charms Agent B-15 (Wumni Mosaku), helping her regain her past life memories. Mobius learns that valuable TVA agent C-20 (Sasha Lane), who he was told is dead, is alive and claims to be a variant.
Believing Loki’s claims, he frees him from the loop. Renslayer clips Mobius for his insubordination and takes Loki and Sylvie to the Keepers of Time. There, Renslayer is to take out both Loki and Sylvie, but the two, along with B-15, battle the Guardians and defeat the Guardians of Time, who turn out to be nothing more than androids.
A shocked Loki is clipped by Renslayer. Loki is sent to the void at the end of time, where he is confronted by other variants of himself. One is the presidential warlord (Hiddleston), Classic Loki (Richard E. Grant) a more dignified version, Loki Boastful (DeObia Oparei) who constantly lies, Kid Loki (Jack Veal) a child variant, and Alligator Loki, Loki who is an alligator.
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The other Loki warn Loki that a giant cloud similar to a being called Alioth is destroying everything in the void. Loki escapes through the Void and meets Mobius and Sylvie. Mobius decides to return to TVA with Sylvie’s TemPad, but Sylvie stays.
Neither Sylvie nor Loki can stop Alioth, but Classic Loki summons an illusion of Asgard to draw Alioth away, dying in the process. Charming him, Alioth shows Loki and Sylvie the way to the citadel beyond the Void.
Back at TVA, Renslayer goes on a mission to find free will while B-15 shows the other agents that they are variants by showing a variant of Renslayer who is the vice principal of the school. At the citadel, Loki and Sylvie meet He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors).
He Who Remains informs both of them that he has ended the multiverse war between his variants by using Alioth to destroy the alternate timelines and created the TVA to keep the peace.
On Who Remains offers them a choice, kill him and allow another multiverse war to take place, or replace him as the head of TVA and the single timeline.
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Loki pleads with Sylvie not to kill the One Who Remains. The one that remains warns them that his variants are much worse than he is. Sylvie sends Loki back to TVA and kills He Who Remains, unleashing the multiverse of alternate timelines.
In TVA, Loki warns Mobius and B-15 about the variants, but neither recognizes him. Instead, Loki sees that the statues of the Keepers of Time that adorned the walls have been replaced with variant statues of He Who Remains.
Loki S1 is streaming on Disney+. Season 2 will start in 2023.
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