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'Loki,' Marvel's latest TV show, is a twisted time adventure. Here's the backstory

Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

Why does "Nexus event" sound familiar?

When someone does something that veers them off the proper timeline established by the Time Keepers, it is called a Nexus event. The individuals that step off their paths are called variants.

But this is not the first mention of "Nexus" in the MCU: "Nexus" is the name of one of the products highlighted in a fake commercial that was shown during "WandaVision."

In comics, the Nexus of All Realities is a mystical gateway that links every dimension. Additionally, the comic book Scarlet Witch is one of the rare individuals known as a Nexus being. A Nexus being is someone "who belongs equally to all possible timelines — all realities and divergencies," at least according to Agatha Harkness in a 1990 issue of "West Coast Avengers."

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Is Agent Mobius, played in the series by Owen Wilson, from Marvel comics too?

Yes, there is indeed a Mobius M. Mobius who appears in the comics and works at the TVA. He first appeared in an issue of "Fantastic Four" in the '90s as a lower-management type (though he was later promoted).

 

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How about Judge Renslayer?

Ravonna Renslayer, played in "Loki" by Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is also a character from Marvel comics, one who's used a few aliases since her first appearance in a 1965 issue of "Avengers."

In the comics, Ravonna is a princess from the 41st century of an alternate timeline whose storyline has involved the complicated time-traveling villain Kang the Conqueror, who is expected to appear in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania."

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