Streaming on Disney +, Loki, the third original series from Marvel Studios, plunges the God of Mischief embodied by Tom Hiddleston into a crazy temporal adventure. Where does this show fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline?
After WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it is now Loki who is making the heyday of Marvel Studios on Disney +. This new series, written by Michael Waldron and directed by Kate Herron, centers on the MCU fan favorite villain, Loki, aka the God of Mischief, played for 10 years by Tom Hiddleston.
Without the Avengers on the trail but especially without his half-brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki finds himself alone in a crazy time adventure with the TVA, the Time Variance Authority, which manages the Eternal Time Flow. Problem, Loki is considered a variant by this agency …
AFTER ENDGAME BUT …
Loki has once again escaped death. The God of Mischief was killed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War after unsuccessfully trying to help Thor. Still, the series centers on the living God of Mischief.
In Avengers: Endgame, the superheroes go back in time to collect the Infinity Stones in order to defeat Thanos. The small group that returns to New York in 2012, the battle of the first Avengers movie, find themselves confronted with their own people from the past and the plan doesn’t go as planned: The Loki of 2012 manages to take the Tesseract and s ‘escape.
It is therefore the Loki of 2012 who is the hero of this series. We would then be tempted to think that the series is located after Avengers in the MCU timeline but it is well after Endgame since this adventure could not exist if the Avengers had not returned to the past in the first place.
Loki is therefore located after Avengers: Endgame but the subtlety lies in the character himself who is that of 2012 and who created a new branch of time by fleeing thanks to the Tesseract. By creating chaos in the Eternal Time Flow, the 2012 Loki has become a variant hunted by the TVA.
Quickly spotted, Loki is then taken to the premises of the TVA and finds himself out of time since the agency is outside the Eternal Time Flow. Loki is therefore in no specific timeline and even travels with Mobius (Owen Wilson) to hunt down another version of Loki who wreaks havoc in the Multiverse.
Ultimately, the Loki series is well after the events of Avengers: Endgame but it is the God of Mischief of 2012 that we are dealing with and who has a new chance to evolve outside of his timeline.