Loki’s Time Travel Link Has Been Redefined In Marvel Comics
The MCU’s Phase 4 is all about connection points and the multiverse – and Immortal X-Men #3 has finally explained what a bond really looks like.
This article contains spoilers for Immortal X-Men #3.
marvel’s x-men comics just got better Lokithe link of time travel. Time travel and the multiverse are central to the MCU’s Phase 4 slate, but unfortunately the concepts haven’t been handled particularly consistently. Marvel Studios only held a summit to figure out the rules of the multiverse a few months after it wrapped production on a number of movies and TV shows exploring the idea.
The idea of alink“seems to be the key to the MCU’s multiverse. According to Loki, the timeline is naturally chaotic. Any moment has the potential to create a branch in the timeline; the universe is so dynamic that one person’s decision to be late for work can create a separate universe. The moment a branch is created is called “link,” and the Time Variance Authority traditionally patrolled the multiverse, seeking out these connection points and clearing the branches.
Marvel Comics, however, just redefine the idea of a bond in Kieron Gillen and Lucas Werneck. Immortal X-Men #3. Each number of Immortal X-Men is told from the perspective of a member of the X-Men’s Quiet Council, and issue #3 is dedicated to the precognitive mutant called Destiny. She reveals that her mind is exploring not just one timeline, but all branching timelines. “A nexus is an event that pulls timelines towards it,” she explains. “This means things after are more predictable, for better or worse. There are other links, big or small. They are stages of a journey — or their terminus. Think of me as a chess player – looking for such moments, then moving the story further or closer to each link’s gravity probability well.“
This is a much more elegant explanation of a link than the one provided in Loki, but with good reason. Destiny sees Nexus from the perspective of someone inside time, trying to navigate it, which means their experience is understandably very different from anything depicted by the MCU’s Time Variance Authority. There are similarities between the perception of Destiny and the experience of Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, when he used the Time Stone to display over 14 million alternate timelines to try and find one where the heroes defeated Thanos. He was able to identify the only one who offered hope and organize events in the right direction. Unlike Doctor Strange, however, Destiny’s power means she has this experience at regular intervals.
A good understanding of a link allows Destiny to navigate on time. Immortal X-Men #3 suggests that some links are minor, with only the smallest differences between timeframes; while Destiny will want to explore them, to see if the differences increase over time, in general it will choose to leave them alone. Instead, she focuses her attention on the biggest connections, the moments that shape history. These are the links that it must influence, in order to achieve the result that x-men – and, indeed, the entire mutant race – long.
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