Spider-Man: No Way Home premiered in theatres on December 17, 2021. In no time, the movie established itself as the best Spider-Man movie of all time. Currently, the movie is the 8th highest-grossing movie of all time, capping at $1.629 billion*, and still growing. The movie literally brought a blast from the past by bringing all three Spider-Men in a single frame. However, with great team-ups, comes great plot holes. And for viewers who have been following MCU in its continuity, the biggest one was the absence of TVA from No Way Home. I mean, where was the TVA when the multiverse cracked open?
Spider-Man: No Way Home gave us a glimpse of what the future of MCU holds for us. The movie picked up right where its predecessor left off. So, Peter’s life is in a huge mess, and his friends and family have never been more unsafe. To make things better, he sought Doctor Strange, who comes up with a memory spell but the spell goes awry. Instead of making people forget that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, the spell cracked open the multiverse and brought in all those people who knew that Spider-Man is Peter Parker (before Mysterio revealed it to the world), from every universe. However, if you have watched Disney+’s Loki, this question would have been raised in your mind too!
WHY DIDN’T THE TVA STOP THE VILLAINS AND THE SPIDER-MEN FROM ENTERING THE MAIN TIMELINE?
Loki dropped on Disney+ on June 9, 2021, and introduced the world to the Time Variance Authority. The TVA’s job was to stop the multiverse from stripping open and prevent the madness that could follow. The main job of the TVA officers was to prune any people or variants, who could pose a threat to the main timeline. However, NWH introduced 8 intruders who didn’t belong to the MCU. So, where the hell was the TVA?
Everyone who has watched Loki knows that by the time Mysterio messed up Peter’s life and he messed up with the space-time continuum, the multiverse was already in play. So, we know that the death of He-Who-Remains was directly connected to what happened when the spell backfired. It is safe to believe that the series of events in Loki caused the multiverse in NWH. Although, the destruction of the mystical cube didn’t help.
The first and foremost thing to remember here is the ending of Loki. Loki ended with Loki (apologies for the wordplay!) in a TVA that was no longer governed by the three fake Time Keepers, but by an unknown variant of Kang The Conqueror. Nobody, including Loki’s newest friend, Mobius, remembered anything about Loki’s and Sylvie’s escape. They were all deeply confused as to what or who triggered the horde of nexus events. So, to contain them, which is their job, they would have tried to hit every breaker of the timeline and prune them to the end of time. So, the events of NWH weren’t considered worthy of a nexus event?
NWH WAS ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN?!
In Loki’s trial in front of Judge Renslayer, he defends himself by giving the precedent of Avengers’ time-heist. In reply, Renslayer denied his defense by saying that that was always their destiny. So, the question needs to be asked- Was NWH always supposed to happen, too? And that is what our theory is. We say yes, and it is not only because of the dream team-up of the three Spider-Men.
We know that Tom Holland’s version of Spider-Man has gone through enough grief, over losing his parents, uncle Ben and Tony. But it was not until May died that he fulfilled his destiny and became the lone web-slinger, just like his multiversal counterparts. We say this because both the MCU projects’ crews didn’t coordinate enough to connect the events of the shows.
NWH co-writer Chris McKenna further confirmed the lack of coordination between the Spider-Man threequel and Loki, saying:
Whether certain things that were happening in ‘Loki’ line up in terms of the timeline exploding and is that the same time that Doctor Strange is casting the spell, I don’t know.
If you were confused by this kerfuffle, as much like us, don’t worry. Both of these works gave us a glimpse into the madness that the multiverse holds for us, MCU fanatics. And now that we know that both of these projects will finally lead up to the Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange will solve this problem. Or, worsen it. After all, you never know what to expect when Kevin Feige is involved.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit the theatres on May 7, 2022. As for Spider-Man: No Way Home, the movie is already on the big screen. So, watch it while it’s on.