Loki Time Stone Theory Sets Up Marvel’s Multiverse Future

The Loki season 2 finale proves that the Infinity Stones might not be out of the picture just yet.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) stabilizes the Temporal Loom and achieves his Glorious Purpose
Photo: Marvel Studios

This article contains spoilers for Loki season 2, WandaVision, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Trying to understand how time and the multiverse work in Marvel after Loki season 2 is headache-inducing, even for someone who has kept up with the MCU since its creation. Each project has had its own methods and means for introducing new characters and worlds from outside of the “Sacred Timeline,” but the season 2 finale sees them all come together somewhat as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) takes control of the Temporal Loom and its branches, forming a multiversal Yggdrasil.

But because TVA exists in a realm outside of time, it’s not clear when this climactic moment takes place in comparison to the events of WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and now The Marvels. Does Loki become the guardian of the timeline before all of these multiversal stories? After? Somewhere in the messy middle of it all?

While there’s been no clear answer from MCU overlord Kevin Feige or any of the other powers that be, there are plenty of theories circulating that explain what this moment in Loki means and how it connects to the rest of the MCU.


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