Loki has introduced a new supreme power to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Tom Hiddleston in Disney+ 's Loki Photo : Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

(The following contains spoilers for the premiere episode of Disney+'s Loki. Go watch that before you read this.)

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Early in the first episode of Disney+'s Loki, the eponymous God Of Mischief is apprehended by the Time Variance Authority, a comically bureaucratic organization that has been tasked with maintaining "the Sacred Timeline" by a triumvirate of space gods called the Time Keepers (not to be confused with the DC Comics organization of the same name, which does the same thing, as seen in season one of Legends Of Tomorrow on The CW). The TVA is after Loki because, as seen in Avengers: Endgame, he stole the Tesseract and escaped from custody when the Avengers went back in time to collect the Infinity Stones, changing history and thereby disrupting the all-important Sacred Timeline. Naturally, Loki aggressively objects to being told there's a seemingly omniscient organization that not only knows everything that happens everywhere, but also uses its power to maintain one supposedly correct timeline where he happens to lose all the time. He spends the majority of the episode either arguing with or trying to escape from the various TVA employees he meets, including Owen Wilson's delightful Agent Mobius.

Loki realizes during his TVA sentencing that his magic doesn't work in the organization's unnervingly outdated office complex, so his escape plan hinges on recovering the Tesseract and utilizing the limitless power of an Infinity Stone to get away. He pulls off the first part of that plan easily, threatening a TVA office worker (Eugene…
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