This week saw the premiere of a brand-new MCU TV show on Disney+ in an all new timeslot. Loki will be released weekly on Wednesdays, rather than Fridays like its precursors WandaVision and Falcon and The Winter Soldier–but all this change really means for most fans is their theorizing and speculating will now have to be done mid-week rather than over the weekend. And Episode 1, “Glorious Purpose,” left plenty to start theorizing about–including the introduction of a brand-new (to the MCU, at least) bureaucratic body that is more powerful than even the Infinity Stones.
The premiere picked up where you’d expect, with Loki’s surreptitious escape from the Avengers back in 2012, thanks to the Tesseract. This event was shown in Endgame, leading fans to speculate that Loki, the show, would actually follow Loki’s adventures using the Tesseract, which contained the Space Stone, as he hopped around the universe causing chaos. It turns out that isn’t the case–Loki’s teleportation with the Tesseract from Avengers Tower sent him to Mongolia, where he was able to give about a minute’s worth of villainous monologue to the locals before he was interrupted and apprehended by the Time Variance Authority (TVA).