Loki’s timeline problem repeats the end of Umbrella Academy


Loki’s Season 1 ending showed that the MCU is now sensitive to the same time travel issue that The Umbrella Academy faced at the end of Season 2.

WARNING: Spoilers for Loki Episode 6, “For All Time. Always.”

The Season 1 finale of Loki, “Forever. Forever,” revealed that time travelers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe multiverse will face the same problem as those in The Umbrella Academy. While one can expect similarities between two shows dealing with superheroes and time travel, the end of The first season of Loki and that of The Umbrella Academy second season are remarkably parallel. This is due to similar issues in the universe with the way time travel has been operated.

On the Disney + Marvel show, time is limited to a single sacred timeline and any deviation from that timeline is quickly reset by VAT agents. Time Travelers in the MCU use special devices called TemPads to move along the Sacred Timeline as well as through space (or, in the case of Avengers: Endgame, a slightly more complex technology is implemented). In The Umbrella Academy, based on Gerard Way’s graphic novels, the VAT equivalent, The Commission, works to keep The Timeline going through small acts that provoke ripple effects, as well as more overtly violent means. Time travelers here use special briefcases to travel back and forth along the timeline, with the exception of Five (Aidan Gallagher) whose superpower allows him to move through time and space at will ( with varying degrees of success).

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At the end of Loki season 1, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia di Martino) destroy the sacred timeline creating a complete multiverse of branching timelines. When Sylvie uses the TemPad of The One Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) to fire Loki to TVA, he arrives in a parallel timeline where, although Mobius (Owen Wilson) and Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) are still present and working on the damage. control, no one recognizes it. Five and the rest of the Umbrella Academy face the same issue at the end of Season 2 when they attempt to return to their own timeline. Instead, they arrive in an alternate timeline where Umbrella Academy never existed, Sparrow Academy was founded instead, and Ben (Justin H. Min) never died.

The Umbrella Academy poster

In The Umbrella AcademyDespite their actions in the past, their future original timeline still exists: They are able to open a portal to the future from the start of Season 1 and send the old version of Five there. In The Umbrella Academy, briefcases allow time travelers to ensure that they are traveling at exactly the right time and, most importantly, not to stray from the timeline to another divergent timeline. With Five’s powers being less accurate than briefcases, it’s possible that the calculations could be wrong, which can accidentally land him in the 1960s, the distant future, or even in a completely different timeline.

The problem encountered by Loki is probably caused by almost the exact same problem. While The Umbrella AcademyBriefcases are calibrated to the timeline, the MCU’s TemPads were created with only the sacred timeline in mind. When Sylvie pushes Loki through the door at the end of Season 1, this is the first use of the TemPad we’ve seen since the Nexus event timeline in Loki has created a complete multiverse where there are so many possible timelines to land on. So just like with The Umbrella Academy, while TemPads presumably have varying inputs for time and location, there was no way to choose which timeline to land on as that was never their function.

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