The primary episode of Loki on Disney Plus did some main lifting. Not solely did the pilot recap the god of mischief’s complete historical past, it additionally launched a complete new swath of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Time Variance Authority, and its mysterious overlords, the Time-Keepers, whose picket visages adorn the wall behind Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked’s Decide Renslayer.
Based on Loki, the Time Keepers are the final word arbiter of future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, deciding what actions belong on the so-called “Sacred Timeline” and what actions have to be policed and eradicated, or “pruned,” and giving these directives to the cosmic paperwork of the TVA. And for now, that’s all we all know in regards to the TV model of the Time-Keepers.
The existence of the Time-Keepers provides the identified Marvel Cinematic Universe a big twist of lore. There’s a larger, cosmic world past essentially the most godlike flexes we’ve seen all through the “Infinity Saga.” The logic of the multiverse will solely turn out to be extra difficult when Spider-Man: No Manner Dwelling and Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity roll round. However for Loki creator Michael Waldron, it was no massive factor to thoroughly shake up the MCU.
“For me it, [Loki] was about working as if we will do something, pitch the most important, craziest concepts we may presumably give you, and after they inform me no, they inform me no,” Waldron tells Polygon. “With Marvel, and Kevin [Feige], there isn’t any ceiling in your creativeness. The cost was to make the Loki present the most effective present we presumably may, and so if we’ve bought a very good argument for why one thing makes this present nice, then, you already know, we’ll go for it and also you belief that it’s going to match into the broader world of the MCU. Pitching and arising with loopy lore: truly not as daunting is one would possibly assume.”
So who’re the Time-Keepers? What function have they performed in Marvel Comics over time? And the way would possibly the occasions of Loki reshape what we all know in regards to the MUC? The books have a lot to inform us.
What are the Time-Keepers like in Marvel Comics?
In Marvel Comics, the Time-Keepers had been created by the final director of the Time Variance Authority on the finish of time, and tasked with usually defending your complete timeline. Identical to in Loki, they’re a triumvirate of robed figures who seldom seem to mortals — normally solely a choose few they’ve determined to work with. Two of them have extra masculine faces, one has a extra female facade, and all seem fairly alien.
Whereas they had been created by a member of the Time Variance Authority, and have comparable targets, the Time -Keepers aren’t supreme rulers of the TVA within the comics. In reality, they’re much more prone to be related to the time-traveling supervillain Immortus.
The Time-Keepers recruited Immortus as a pupil, but in addition as a prisoner. In change for instructing him in regards to the timeline, the Time-Keepers charged him with monitoring a piece of time and undoing the difficult mess left over from the time-travel machinations he dedicated when he was youthful, again when he glided by the title Kang the Conqueror.
And maintain your hat on after I say this, however…
Kang the Conqueror is the villain of the subsequent Ant-Man film
In late 2020, Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft County) joined the forged of Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania. Experiences on the time advised that he was set to play the function of Kang the Conqueror, the time-traveling despot who finally matures into Immortus, servant of the Time-Keepers.
But it surely will get much more tangled! By means of Immortus, the Time-Keepers additionally bought concerned in making an attempt to manage the Scarlet Witch within the comics, whose chaos magic allowed her to warp actuality, and thus made her a menace to the timeline. We’ll see the Scarlet Witch once more in Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, written by Michael Waldron.
It could possibly be that the Time Keepers, Kang the Conqueror, and the Scarlet Witch are all items of the subsequent massive factor coming down the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s time-y-wime-y, multiverse-hopping pipeline. Or it may simply be that over time, all the pieces within the Marvel Comics universe has managed to hook up with each different factor in some method.
Time — and the Time Keepers — will inform.