“For All Time, Always” Brings The Multiverse To Life

We came for a “Multiverse of Madness,” and “For All Time, Always” kicks it off in a big way. The episode probably isn’t the action-packed coda to an MCU show you were looking for. It does leave you wanting all the movies set in the Multiverse now. For an extra surprise, it’s also announced a second season. Excellent news when we all thought there would be only one. What a great way for “Loki” to complete its run, or now first run.

“For All Time, Always” had two missions. Wrap up Loki and Sylvie’s plotline, and introduce us to who or what was driving the time variance authority. The first mission doesn’t exactly get the service it deserved. Setting aside the awkwardness of Loki and Sylvie being different universe versions of the same being, there is no actual resolution between these characters. Sure, we may get a deeper dive in season two or on the big screen, but some pay-off in-show would have been nice. It’s the only flaw in an otherwise satisfying ending.

The big bad of “Loki” and the upcoming phase of Marvel films also makes his debut here. Kang marches rather quietly onto the scene. Jonathan Majors packs a lot into a little with this version of Kang showing both menace and kindness in turns. Indeed, he offers the chance to prevent the “Multiverse of Madness” from ever happening. He allows Loki and Sylvie to oversee the sacred timeline in his place. Or they choose to ignore this offer and the alternative unleashes all the different Kangs on an unsuspecting timeline. Choosing the first path would leave the next phase of the MCU eight films of Professor Hulk and Fat Thor trying to find the best pizza in New York. Maybe that is one of the Multiverses we’ll see. I would watch that “For All Time. Always.”

Alas, our featured players don’t see much in the way of resolution either. Ravona Renslayer gets a new mission, but we have no idea what that might be. Kevin Feige has said that the new series of films will take inspiration from but won’t tie themselves to the comic universe. In the comics, Renslayer’s path in the comics is, well, confusing. Kang’s journey has also been a bit convoluted. At points, they are both good and bad, so how this plays out will be interesting. Has she given up on the mission of “For All Time. Always” or is she continuing it elsewhere?

The heartbreak of the episode is watching Loki, having been sent back to what appears to be the TVA by Sylvie, reunite with Mobius only to find Mobius doesn’t recognize him. We spent the series routing for their friendship, and nothing sends the idea that there are different timelines home more than a relationship denied. This Mobius’ TVA drops the pretense of the Time Keepers altogether in favor of Kang, though. One assumes this Kang is aware this Loki is out there. He’s also probably aware this Loki would prefer this Kang didn’t exist, so we’ve got the start of a new Loki story. Thank goodness the MCU overseers reversed Loki’s death because it looks like the start of a great future for the movies.