Loki episode 1 just explained how the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse works

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Spoilers for Loki episode 1 on Disney Plus.

Loki's TV series has finally arrived on Disney Plus – and, true to what its cast and crew have been saying in the lead up to its release, it's on track to be the most important story in the MCU yet.

There's lots to take in during the show's premiere, but the most interesting part of Loki episode 1 (in our view anyway) happens less than 15 minutes into the series: we find out how the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse (MCM) works.

Here, we'll take a more in-depth look at how Loki episode 1 sets up the MCM and what impact it'll have on future Marvel movies and TV shows.

Suffice to say, we're about to enter spoiler territory for Loki episode 1. If you haven't watched the show (or at least the first 15 minutes), turn back now.

The Marvel Cinematic Multiverse: who are the Time Keepers?

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As animated character Ms. Minutes explains to Loki before he stands trial inside the Time Variance Authority (TVA) for his crimes, the Time Keepers are a group of cosmic beings who protect the flow of the Sacred Timeline.

Long ago, a large war was waged between numerous universes. Known as the Multiversal War, each universe battled against one another to ensure that their timeline of events reigned supreme. This conflict was so fierce that it almost resulted in the destruction of everyone and everything.

However, the emergence of the Time Keepers put a stop to the Multiversal War. Reorganizing the MCM into a single timeline – known as the MCU, or Sacred Timeline – the Time Keepers brought peace to the cosmos.

It's unclear at this stage how the Time Keepers were created or where exactly they came from, but we're hopeful that this will be answered in a future episode of Loki.

The Marvel Cinematic Multiverse: what is the Time Variance Authority?

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To ensure that another Multiversal War wouldn't break out, the Time Keepers also created the TVA. This…
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