As Season 1 of Loki hurls towards its conclusion, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Naturally, a big one is the truth behind the Time Keepers and the TVA, something Episode 4 made a lot more complicated. There’s also the impact of Sylvie carpet-bombing the Sacred Timeline with reset charges. There have to be some serious repercussions to that whole deal.
But one deceptively important detail that has yet to be addressed is where the TVA is actually located. While a few hints have been dropped, there’s nothing concrete to work with. That being said, it’s incredibly likely that the TVA is situated in a part of reality that fans have already seen. And there’s a real chance that the TVA inhabits the Quantum Realm.
The Quantum Realm is prime real estate
For those who don’t remember, the Quantum Realm was introduced to the MCU in Ant-Man. Hank Pym’s technology allowed someone to shrink down to much that they actually left reality behind and ended up somewhere completely different. In fact, the very concepts of reality and time have absolutely no meaning in the Quantum Realm, at least in the traditional sense.
The Quantum Realm would return in Doctor Strange. His mystical abilities allowed Stephen Strange to gain access to this place and the powers related to it. So far, the Quantum Realm has played a huge role in the abilities of some of MCU’s biggest heroes. In truth, its real impact wouldn’t show up until the final plan to defeat Thanos was in play.
Until Ant-Man was able to escape the Quantum Realm in Avengers: Endgame, it seemed like Thanos had won. But Scott Lang, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, and more put together a plan that used a bridge through the Quantum Realm to travel through time and collect past versions of the Infinity Stones. But there’s one more appearance of the Quantum Realm that may hold the key to the location of the TVA.
In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hank Pym made a trip into the Quantum Realm. After Scott survived his trip in the first movie, Hank realized that his missing wife, Janet van Dyne, may also have survived. He descended into the realm, found Janet, and brought her back to reality. But in the background of that scene, there was what looked like a city, something that has never been explained. That city might have been the headquarters of the TVA.
The TVA may be in the Quantum Realm
From Loki, fans know that time moves differently in the TVA. And from other MCU films, fans also know that time and reality are borderline irrelevant in the Quantum Realm. As such, it makes sense that the TVA would set up shop in such a place. From there, they could safely maintain and manipulate the Sacred Timeline without being subject to time itself.
The look of the TVA might also be a clue. The entire style of the TVA is reminiscent of corporate America in the late 1950s to mid-1960s. While this might be a coincidence, Hank Pym developed his Pym Particles in the 1960s. Someone may have used his discovery to make their way into the Quantum Realm, establishing the TVA with the technology and interior design concepts of the era they left behind. But there’s one more clue to consider.
In Episode 1, Loki discovered that the Infinity Stones don’t work in the TVA. They can’t operate outside of their home reality. Conversely, Scott Lang was able to avoid the impact of The Snap because he was in the Quantum Realm at the time. There aren’t many places in the MCU where the Infinity Stones are powerless. It seems like the Quantum Realm is one of those places, making it an even better spot for the TVA to set up shop.