Spider-Man 4 Can Explain No Way Home's Loki Plot Hole

Spider-Man’s adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are not over yet, and his fourth solo movie could explain No Way Home’s Loki plot hole after the multiverse chaos he and Doctor Strange unleashed. After a long wait, Spider-Man finally joined the MCU thanks to a deal between Marvel and Sony, and so the web-slinger made his debut in this connected universe in Captain America: Civil War before starring in his first solo movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Spider-Man continued his adventures in the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and closed the Infinity Saga with Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also brought a major twist when Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) revealed Spider-Man’s identity to the world. This led Peter Parker to ask Doctor Strange for help in Spider-Man: No Way Home to cast a spell that would make the world forget he’s Spider-Man, but the spell was botched and opened the gates to the multiverse, allowing villains from past Spider-Man movies, as well as other Peter Parkers, to cross into the MCU. The only solution was for Doctor Strange to cast a spell that would make the world forget about Peter Parker, and so by the end of No Way Home, Peter was completely alone and starting a new life all by himself – but that won’t be the end of his problems.

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The MCU’s Phase 4 is introducing new events and concepts, and the main one so far is the multiverse and its many dangers, and the TV series Loki introduced a very important organization linked to it: the Time Variance Authority (TVA), located outside of space and time and tasked with preserving the Sacred Timeline and preventing the creation of branching timelines – and Spider-Man’s actions in No Way Home should have caught the attention of the TVA.

Spider-Man and Doctor Strange messed with the fabric of space and time like no one else in the MCU so far. The first spell put the whole multiverse in danger to the point where, in the third act of No Way Home, other enemies of Spider-Man from other universes were starting to cross over into the MCU, meaning their actions had consequences in many other universes/timelines. All this, then, should have caught the attention of the TVA as soon as it happened, and as seen in Loki, the moment a Nexus event starts to happen, the TVA agents arrive to take the variant(s) and thus save the timeline from branching out. With all that in mind, the TVA should have paid Spider-Man a visit in No Way Home, yet the organization was nowhere to be seen.

While it’s strange that the TVA didn’t show up, especially as Loki showed them doing their thing in situations less threatening and chaotic than those in No Way Home, it’s possible that Spider-Man’s multiverse mess was part of their plans from the beginning, very much like the Time Heist in Avengers: Endgame, and the reason for that could be linked to the TVA’s new leader, Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors).

Loki revealed that the person behind the TVA was He Who Remains, one of Kang’s variants who weaponized Alioth’s power to put an end to the Multiversal War started by his variants and isolated the Sacred Timeline, creating the TVA to oversee and manage the flow of time. However, at the end of Loki, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) killed He Who Remains and sent Loki back to the TVA through a Timedoor. Sylvie’s fate was left unknown, but it was revealed that Loki landed on a different TVA, where he wasn’t recognized by his friend Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), while dozens of timelines began to branch due to He Who Remais’ death. The TVA is now ruled by Kang the Conqueror, who isn’t hiding behind a fake identity like He Who Remains Did with the Time-Keepers as the TVA now has a giant statue of him. He Who Remains explained that not all his variants were good people and cared about the multiverse, and Kang is definitely one of those, so the way he manages the TVA, the Sacred Timeline, and its events will undoubtedly be different, and he could be allowing catastrophic events to happen that benefit his own plans.

There’s still a lot to learn and see from the TVA, especially now that it’s under Kang’s control and Loki is, once more, imprisoned there, and given the events in post-Loki movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the TVA has to return soon. The TVA is set to return in Loki season 2 and it’s yet to make its big screen debut, which can happen in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and while Spider-Man 4 doesn’t have a place in the MCU’s plans yet, it can still be involved in it. Depending on when Spider-Man 4 is released, the TVA’s role in the story can change, as it could be explained somewhere else that Kang let the events of No Way Home happen as they benefited his plans (whatever they might be) or Spider-Man could directly pay for them – after all, he and Doctor Strange messed with the fabric of space and time quite badly.

The TVA in Spider-Man 4 could help further prepare the ground for Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, as Spider-Man and Doctor Strange’s actions will surely continue to have a long-lasting impact on the MCU, but whether the opening of the multiverse's gates requires punishment from the TVA or they will benefit Kang’s plans remains to be seen.

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