Loki Season 2 Has Just Thrown the MCU’s Most Important Concept Out the Window
The debut episode of season 2, while quite good, destroyed the whole concept of time travel in the MCU.
After more than two years, the highly anticipated season 2 of the Loki TV series has finally arrived, and the debut episode didn't disappoint, making it clear that the best MCU TV show in the eyes of many fans is back.
Compared to Marvel's latest bland embarrassment, Secret Invasion, Loki is indeed a breath of fresh air with its colorful visuals, intriguing story, and great acting, as Tom Hiddleston is as good as ever in the role.
That doesn't mean that the episode was without its flaws, though, as unlike the premiere of season 2, the debut of the next chapter has less going on, mostly dealing with the direct aftermath of the season 1 finale (which isn't necessarily a bad thing).
But it also suddenly breaks the whole time travel mechanic, shamelessly contradicting what was said in Avengers: Endgame.
In the 2019 movie, Hulk explicitly states that changing the past doesn't change the future, and instead creates a new, separate parallel timeline, which is why the Avengers couldn't prevent Thanos from using the Infinity Stones in the first place.
However, the very first episode of Loki season 2 completely ignores this, as clearly demonstrated by Loki and Mobius' visit to Ouroboros, aka OB, played by Ke Huy Quan, to stop Loki from "time slipping."
During this sequence, the former God of Mischief slips back into the past, where he talks to OB about his condition, while Mobius remains in the present, talking to the present-day OB.
OB's interaction with Loki in the past instantly creates new memories for him in the present, and now he suddenly has a device that can help Loki when he did not have it moments before.
This completely breaks the previously established concept, and the only possible explanation (which the show doesn't provide, by the way) that "time works differently in TVA" feels incredibly forced.
While it doesn't immediately ruin the show, it's unfathomable how the writers could overlook such a massive detail, since the whole reason this variant of Loki exists in the first place is because the Avengers created a separate timeline by interfering with the past.
The second episode of Loki season 2 will be released on October 12, 2023.