Loki season 1 ended with a major plot twist and massive changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will impact upcoming movies and TV shows, but there’s one plot hole that made way for a theory that not only fixes this mistake but will also set the basis for season 2. The MCU is now on its Phase 4, which is covering movies and TV shows, with some of the latter directly linking to the former, and one of the most important TV shows so far is Loki, which is connected to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Loki reunited the audience with the God of Mischief, but not the one that served as a Phase 1 villain and slowly redeemed himself, but a variant that was still on the side of, well, mischief. The Loki leading the show was the one who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, thus creating a new timeline and catching the attention of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), an organization that oversees the Sacred Timeline with the purpose of preserving it and preventing the creation of branching timelines. During his time in the TVA, Loki met some of his variants, most notably Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), with whom he uncovered the truth about the TVA but also changed the multiverse forever.
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By the end of Loki, the God of Mischief and Sylvie got to the citadel beyond the Void where they met He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), the real creator and ruler of the TVA and one of many variants of Kang the Conqueror. Although Loki tried to stop Sylvie, she killed He Who Remains and unleashed multiversal chaos, but not before she got rid of Loki by sending him back to the TVA. Unfortunately for Loki, once in the TVA, he wasn’t recognized by anyone, especially his ally and friend Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), which created a plot hole that could have major consequences in the MCU’s multiverse.
Why Mobius Didn’t Know Loki At The End
Loki took a deeper look into the MCU’s concept of “multiverse” and explained that, when a person or creature’s actions deviate from the Sacred Timeline, a Nexus event takes place and the timeline branches out, which is what happened during the Time Heist in Avengers: Endgame. Loki’s escape with the Tesseract was a Nexus event, so he was caught by the TVA. There he met Mobius, and while at first they didn’t get along, Mobius ended up siding with him after learning some dark truths about the TVA. When Sylvie sent Loki back before she killed He Who Remains, Loki rushed to Mobius in hopes that he would help him stop Sylvie, but Mobius (nor B-15) didn’t recognize him.
This showed that the moment Sylvie sent Loki back to the TVA, he landed on a different timeline, one where Kang the Conqueror is the leader of the TVA and isn’t hiding like He Who Remains did. Mobius, then, has no memories of him working alongside Loki to bring the TVA down, and while this makes sense in terms of timeline and the multiverse chaos the MCU is covering in Phase 4, it also creates a major plot hole.
Mobius Not Recognizing Loki Created A Multiverse Plot Hole
As noted by a Reddit user, Mobius not recognizing Loki in the final episode of the first season actually creates a multiverse plot hole. Loki established that the God of Mischief is one of the most common variants, and Mobius even showed Loki a series of images of a number of Loki variants, and of course, there are those he met while at the Void. The plot hole, then, isn’t that Mobius didn’t recognize his friend Loki, as that’s explained by the changing timelines/universes, but that he didn’t recognize him at all as the God of Mischief, Thor’s brother, one of the most common variants out there. Even if he didn’t know what Loki was talking about, Mobius should have recognized him for who he is, not by their past friendship, thus creating an MCU multiverse plot hole.
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Theory: Loki’s New Timeline Is Missing Key MCU Events
The same Reddit user who pointed out this MCU plot hole has an interesting suggestion: perhaps Loki didn’t just land in a different timeline but an entirely different universe, one where he isn’t the outstanding mischievous mind he was in his original timeline. Loki was so recognizable not just because of his many (mostly chaotic) variants but because he was involved in some key MCU events throughout the Infinity Saga, most notably the Battle of New York in The Avengers, the destruction of Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, and Thanos’ massacre at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War. If Mobius didn’t recognize Loki at all at the end of Loki season 1, this could mean that Loki is now in a universe where none of those big events happened or they were heavily altered, to the point where he wasn’t involved at all and thus he isn’t a notable character.
What This Mobius Theory Means For Loki Season 2
Mobius not recognizing Loki at all in the season finale can mean more for season 2 than it might seem. As the author of the post suggests, Loki season 2 could deal more with the multiverse as it is than branches from the Sacred Timeline, essentially a “multiverse of madness” like the one Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch will deal with soon. However, another Reddit user points out another possibility: with He Who Remains now dead and the multiverse “unleashed”, this could have rewritten time, which is why the TVA has a different history and leader, and that would mean that other events, like those where Loki was heavily involved, were also rewritten. Other users have pointed out that the TVA is supposed to exist outside of time, which makes it even odder that Mobius wouldn’t recognize Loki at all, hinting at various TVAs in the MCU. Loki season 2 has a bunch of questions to answer, and surely, most of them will be shaped by the events of movies like Doctor Strange 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will have Kang as the main antagonist, and these could expand a bit more on the TVA, the multiverse itself, variants, and more, thus offering more solutions to this Loki plot hole.
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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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