Crossing The Threshold: Fans Have Noticed An Interesting Detail Potentially Linking The 'Loki' And 'WandaVision' Finales
A Nexus event?
The MCU was changed forever in the season one finale of Loki, with Sylvie's murder of He-Who-Remains resulting in the rebirth of the Multiverse. Officially, the Loki series is set between Avengers: Endgame and WandaVision, however there has been some speculation that, since Loki takes place mostly outside of time, there may be some overlap of events in WandaVision and Loki.
Now, fans have noticed a small detail that both potentially confirms these suspicions, and sets up massive things for the future.
As with all television finale's, WandaVision's finale, 'The Series Finale', and Loki's season one finale, 'For All Time. Always.', feature pivotal moments in the stories of each series as a whole, and possibly, the wider MCU. In WandaVision, the finale's pivotal moment is Wanda Maximoff embracing her powers and becoming the Scarlet Witch. Loki's finale has a few pivotal moments, but here, we will be discussing the moment that He-Who-Remains, a variant of villain Kang The Conqueror informs Loki and Sylvie that they have crossed the threshold, meaning they have moved beyond the planned timeline and he no longer knows what will happen next.
Interestingly, both of these moments happen at exactly twenty-seven minutes and fifty-five seconds into their respective episodes. Some fans have also noted that the window behind He-Who-Remains is tinged red at this point. A few seconds later, He-Who-Remains drops something on his desk, at around the same time Agatha Harkness hits the ground after her battle with Wanda. Some fans also believe that the sound of the timeline branching can be heard in both shows.
It is also worth noting that in Marvel's original Phase Four relase schedule, before the COVID-19 Pandemic delayed the release of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki would have come out after WandaVision rather than FatWS. While in this case, the switch caused no major timeline issues, there has always been a reason behind the MCU's release order in the past.
What could this all mean?
Apart from the events discussed above, WandaVision and Loki were also connected with references to the word 'Nexus'. In WandaVision, it is seen as an Easter egg in a commercial for 'Nexus' brand depression pills.
Loki provides a deeper explanation, delivering the information that a Nexus event occurs when a person diverges from the TVA's Sacred Timeline, creating a new branch of reality. In the second episode of the series, Loki realises that it is difficult for the TVA to detect timeline variations in times of great chaos, such as an apocalypse.
Some fans speculate that, at some point in WandaVision, Wanda may have caused a Nexus event that went undetected by the TVA due to her use of Chaos Magic. However, the truth may be even bigger.
The Birth of a Nexus Being?
In Marvel Comics, each parallel universe has one Nexus being. Nexus Beings have the power to affect probability, therefore potentially altering the future. They are keystones of the Multiverse, and crucial to their own universe remaining stable. They are also the node of mystical energy in their world, and usually represent the overall character of their universe. Two Nexus beings cannot exist in the same universe, meaning that Nexus beings from different parallel universes can only safely communicate through non-corporeal methods such as astral projection.
Many fans pointed out the Nexus commercial as an Easter Egg referencing Wanda's status as the Nexus being of Earth-616, the core universe of the comics. Now, fans are theorising that with the birth of the Multiverse, the main MCU Timeline needed a Nexus being. Wanda's transformation into the Scarlet Witch made her the perfect candidate.
If this is the case, then any harm coming to Wanda could be a bad thing for the main MCU Universe. Wanda's presence could also potentially cause problems for Kang, who in the comics is the Nexus Being of at least one parallel universe
Of course, this is all just speculation for now. We'll likely have to wait until the release of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness in March, 2022, to see if any of these theories are confirmed.
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