The Multiverse Saga of the MCU introduced several new concepts and villains. The most prominent theme so far is the notion of parallel universes serving as the home of several versions of well-known heroes. Keeping track of all possible realities and timelines is an exhausting and difficult task, and this is why TVA – The Time Variance Authority was created to take over the exhausting task of preserving the sacred timeline. TVA was introduced in the ‘Loki‘ series, and it will most likely be mentioned again, considering the direction in which MCU is going. Today we decided to explore the connection between TVA and the main villain of the next few phases of the MCU, Kang the Conqueror. Let’s see whether TVA was created by Kang, and if it wasn’t, who did it?
Time Variance Authority (TVA) wasn’t created by Kang the Conqueror. Instead, it was created by the original Nathaniel Richards, aka He Who Remains, who is, in turn, just one of many versions of Kang across the Multiverse. He Who Remains won the Multiversal War against the other variants and founded the TVA to protect the Sacred Timeline, prevent additional timeline branches from happening, and conserve the scripted Multiverse as it is.
Now that we’ve given you the short answer, you’re probably even more confused than before, and we get it. We aim to explain He Who Remains, The Sacred Timeline, and Multiversal War in a bit more detail, so if you’re interested, stay with us and keep reading!
Original Nathaniel Richards and Multiversal War Explained
Now to explain everything in the least confusing way, we need to start with the original Nathaniel Richards from the 31st Century, who we met in the ‘Loki’ series as He Who Remains.
Now Nathaniel, or rather He Who Remains (we will refer to him as such from this point onward), was a brilliant scientist hailing from the far future who came into contact with numerous other alternate universes, and also it was inevitable that he would come into contact with several other, hundreds of in fact, versions of himself.
He Who Remains had good intentions, and you know what they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and by meeting other versions of himself, He Who Remains was driven by scientists and the burning wish of exploration of realities. He started sharing technologies and knowledge with his other variants, but not all variants had such noble intentions.
Other variants, such as Kang the Conqueror (whom we met in the ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Qunatumania), saw the Multiverse as a potential for conquering, and Kang was not the only malicious version of He Who Remains; he was one of them. The malicious versions eventually formed the so-called ‘Council of Kangs,’ and through their conquests, different branches of scripted timelines known as unscripted unstable timelines started appearing, which would inevitably lead to the collapse of the Multiverse.
He Who Remains realized what was about to happen but stumbled upon Alioth, a trans-temporal entity (multiversal) entity whose powers he used to stop the Multiversal War. The Council of Kangs was disbanded, and the Sacred Timeline was preserved.
But what is the Sacred Timeline & Why did He Who Remains decide to protect it?
After the Multiversal War, He Who Remains created the Sacred Timeline by isolating realities that all led to his birth and prevented the existence of evil variants of himself. The inhabitants of these realities lacked true free will as the timeline followed a strict script, and any deviations (Nexus Events) were pruned by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) to avoid chaos in the Multiverse.
The TVA allowed alternate realities to exist as long as they stayed in line with the baseline and didn’t give rise to new evil variants of He Who Remains. To summarize, Sacred Timeline is a strict timeline that follows “destiny.” All other timelines that deviate from “destiny” are supposed to be destroyed or pruned and reset, as keeping such a timeline would lead to the collapse of Multiverse and everything within it.
Organizing so many timelines has to be a hassle, and this is why He Who Remains created the Time Variance Authority to keep watch over the Sacred Timeline.
What happened to the TVA when He Who Remains died?
Now that we’ve cleared up that TVA was set up to keep watch over the Sacred Timeline to make sure that no other evil versions of Nathaniel could exist, the question remains what happened with the death of the original benevolent Nathaniel?
Well, when Sylvie killed He Who Remains, TVA of that timeline immediately lost control over the sacred timeline, and branched parallel realities were created rapidly that gave rise to the new evil versions of He Who Remains. We don’t know what exactly happened with the TVA as somewhere in the parallel reality, the organization has to exist in this form, or their role was possibly changed.
We do know that as soon as the TVA changed, the role they played was filled by the newly-organized Council of Kangs, who put themselves forward as the new ultimate authority overseeing the whole Multiverse, and we also know that one of the first decisions they made is banning Kang the Conqueror to the Quantum Realm because of his aggressive nature and the fact that he threatened the stability of the Multiverse.
However, during the events of the ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania,’ it was clear that Kang the Conqueror was not the real threat to the Multiverse, and he warned Ant-Man of this several times.
He implied that the Council of Kangs is a true threat, and he is only powerful enough to stop them. We met the newly-reformed Council of Kangs, currently consisting of Immortus, Rama-Tut, Scarlet Centurion, and Mister Gryphon. These are all evil versions of the original Nathaniel Richards, which proves that TVA has lost control and its original purpose.
So, the conclusion is, The TVA was not created by Kang the Conqueror. It was created by He Who Remains to stop Kang (and other evil versions) from existing in the first place. The whole premise of the TVA and Kang the Conqueror existing at the same time is an impossibility in the Sacred Timeline.
This is, so far, all the info we have as the multiversal story is set to be continued in the upcoming MCU projects. Have something to add? Let us know in the comments!