Loki Episode 2 Ending Looks To Be Shaking Up the MCU’s Future

The first episode of Marvel Studios’ Loki introduced the Time Variance Authority in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an organization tasked with protecting the Sacred Timeline. Those veering from the Sacred Timeline are called variants, and if they go unchecked, they could cause the multiverse of madness.

Thanks to the events of Avengers: Endgame where Tony Stark dropped the Tesseract near Loki’s feet, the god of mischief took the opportunity to grab it and disappear. This, however, has turned him into a variant, and he is captured by the TVA. While waiting to be processed inside the organization’s building, he stumbles on a short animated sequence narrated by Miss Minutes (Tara Strong). It explains how there was a previous multiverse of madness, and this is a big wink at the name of the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The Loki series explains that the Timekeepers, the three “space lizards” in charge of the TVA, have stopped the multiverse from spreading, and as a result, they were able to turn everything back to normal in a singular Sacred Timeline. Well, it looks like all that’s about to change with the ending to the second episode of Loki.

Loki Episode 2

Spoilers Ahead!

It was revealed that there was a greater threat against the TVA with a Loki variant, who is deemed superior to our Loki played by Tom Hiddleston. In fact, this mysterious Loki turns out to be the Lady Loki variant, who has been planting reset charges all over a department store from our future. The reset recharges traveled to different timelines and locations, causing many to diverge from the Sacred Timeline. Here are a few of the timelines and locations that were affected in Loki Episode 2.

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  • 1522 – Phong Nha, Vietnam
  • 1492 – Lisbon Portugal
  • 2301 – Vormir
  • 1551 – Thorton, USA
  • 1999 – Cookeville, USA
  • 2004 – Asgard
  • 1390 – Rome, Italy
  • 1984 – Sakaar
  • 1808 – Barichara (Col)
  • 1708 – Porvoo, Finland
  • 1382 – Ego
  • 1982 – Titan
  • 1947 – New York, USA
  • 1984 – Tokyo, Japan
  • 0051 – Hala Planet
  • 1999 – Kingsport, USA
  • 1001 – Xandar
  • 2005 – Beijing, China
  • 19– – Madrid, Spain

Some locations should be familiar to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Hala Planet is home to the Kree, Titan is the homeworld of Thanos, Xandar is home to the Nova Empire, Ego is the living planet, Sakaar is the trash planet, Vormir is the location of the Soul Stone, and Asgard is Thor’s home. There are other locations spread all around Earth and in different timelines.

Loki Episode 2 ends with the Sacred Timeline no longer being sacred. What’s going to happen in the next episode? Will Loki be able to save the universe? This episode is definitely gearing up towards the beginning of a new multiverse in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see this bleed into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. We’ll have to wait and see.

Hiddleston has portrayed the god of mischief for some time now, and he discussed during the Loki global press conference about how he kept Owen Wilson up to speed.

“It was such an interesting time trying to compress the experience of my time in the MCU and six movies,” Hiddleston said. “And, Mobius is an expert in Loki. He knows more about Loki than Loki does. I was trying to help Owen with some of my memories and my experience. Owen asked such insightful, intelligent questions that made me rethink various aspects of the character. I think our conversations found their way into the scenes themselves, which is really nice.”

Loki is now streaming on Disney+.

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