Loki head writer, Michael Waldron, explores the ideas at the core of the Marvel show and how the remainder of the show was built around them.
Creator of the series Loki, Michael Waldron, said that the show was built around a couple of the most important story concepts. While the Disney+ show introduces a lot of new characters, concepts, and settings, it still exists within the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It takes place after Avengers: Endgame, following an alternate version of Loki. Included as part of Phase 4 of the MCU, its setting up a lot of what’s to come in future Marvel titles.
In the first episode, audiences are introduced to the Time Variance Authority (TVA), a bureaucratic organization that has the supposed goal of keeping the Sacred Timeline safe from those who risk destroying it. While Loki initially believes that this is just another silly group of people that he can outsmart, he realizes that all magical power is useless in the TVA. He would eventually meet a supposed variant of Loki, named Sylvie, who ultimately works with him to survive and find out what’s really going on behind the TVA.
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At Screen Rant, we had the opportunity to chat with Waldron. He talked about some of the most central concepts of Loki which the rest of the series is based upon. Waldron stated that the TVA and Sylvie were the two big ideas going into the writers’ room. He explained that the TVA in particular allowed them to take the story to so many potential places. See below for his full statement:
“The TVA was obviously the first idea that we built the show on, and the nice thing about the TVA is you can go anywhere and any time off of that. So, we knew we were going to be able to cover a lot of ground in this series if we wanted to. I think that it was the TVA and then it was Sylvie, Those were the two big lighthouses for us.”
There are some striking differences with the TVA and Sylvie between the comics and Loki, although their story is not quite done being told. For example, in the comics, the TVA employees are all clones rather than previous variants. However, since the TVA hasn’t been explored in any prior MCU projects, they’re truly able to take this in any way that makes sense for phase 4. Given that Waldron also wrote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, he’s certainly in the loop for how the TVA will impact things moving forward.
With only one episode of Loki remaining, it’s unlikely that all of the questions that audiences have regarding the TVA will be answered. However, the mysteries uncovered about the TVA so far and the impact of Loki and Sylvie’s actions will surely be referenced in future MCU projects. Given all of the material surrounding the Multiverse, it’ll certainly contribute to some of what’s to come in films, such as Doctor Strange 2.
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