Avengers: Endgame introduced time travel to the MCU, but with strict rules. Now Loki writer Michael Waldron talks about time travel within the show. As we all know from the many trailers and TV spots. Loki ends up working for the TVA, the Time Variance Authority. As head writer Waldron points out in a recent interview with Vanity Fair, having Loki be able to see different versions of himself has advantages.
“You can literally hold up a mirror to your characters. Perhaps they can encounter other versions of themselves at different points in their lives. In the case of Back to the Future’s Marty McFly, he can encounter versions of his parents and then he understands himself better.”
Waldron was also asked if Loki could run into ‘himself’ in the show?
“It certainly could,” Waldron says. “What being is more chaotic than Loki? What do you have to learn from any version of yourself?”
However, whilst Avengers: Endgame came at time ‘travel’ for the first time in the MCU, one would expect the TVA to have a little more knowledge of the process. So Waldron had to define some rules for time travel within Loki.
“We had to create an insane institutional knowledge of how time travel would work within the TVA so the audience never has to think about it again. It was a lot of drawings of squiggly timelines.”
“Marvel already made its case for how time travel works in Avengers: Endgame, but that, Waldron points out, “is the way the Avengers understand it.” With a TV show it’s a little different. “I was always very acutely aware of the fact that there’s a week between each of our episodes and these fans are going to do exactly what I would do, which is pick this apart. We wanted to create a time-travel logic that was so airtight it could sustain over six hours. There’s some time-travel sci-fi concepts here that I’m eager for my Rick and Morty colleagues to see.”
Waldron also wrote Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so he does understand that if he ‘makes a mess’ it’s on him to clean it up as well. Though, making a mess is pretty fun with a character like Loki.
“‘Yeah, we’ll leave that for the next writer.’ But then you do that on Loki and you find yourself writing Doctor Strange and you have to clean up your own mess.”
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