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Loki just premiered on Disney+, and it’s the MCU Phase 4 show most fans have been dying to see. The new TV show isn’t exciting only because Loki (Tom Hiddleston) returns to the MCU after that amazing but short appearance in Avengers: Endgame. We know from the trailers that the Time Variance Authority (TVA) arrested Loki for breaking the proper flow of time in his reality by escaping in Endgame, so it’s clear that the TV show will deal with time travel and the multiverse. In other words, Loki is probably the kind of MCU adventure that Marvel fans will have to see before watching Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Both are supposed to be multiverse films, especially the latter, so Loki will offer us a much better explanation of what the multiverse really is as we get ready for those blockbuster releases. On top of all that, Loki is also expected to tie off the final loose end from Endgame — where did Loki go after escaping and before the TVA got to him?

It turns out that Loki tackles the Endgame connection right from the start of episode 1, providing a few key answers that will make us look at Endgame differently. Unsurprisingly, it also raises a few new questions along the way, which will hopefully be answered in the upcoming episodes. Before we dive in, I’ll warn you that significant multiverse spoilers follow below.

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‘Loki’ starts in the best possible way, giving us a chance to relive his escape in Endgame. We get great cameos from our beloved Avengers as we watch a new cut of the Endgame Time Heist in New York City. We learn that Loki escaped to the Gobi desert and that the TVA apprehended him the minute he landed there. Just like that, we’re told that the TVA gets involved in the flow of time the second it deviates from where it’s supposed to go. And we learn the TVA placed reset charges on that branch of time in order to reset everything.

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TVA animated infomercial from Loki TV series: A Nexus event creates an alternate timeline. Image source: Marvel Studios

Later in the show, Loki faces judgment for interfering with the Sacred Timeline (seen in white in the images above and below). He blames the Avengers in a hilarious exchange with judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), revealing that he knew the Avengers had to travel back in time to fix whatever went wrong. Loki quips that the smell of Tony Stark’s cologne is unmistakable, and he speculates they must have traveled back in time to prevent the actions of a future God-King version of himself.

That’s when Renslayer tells Loki that the Avengers did not disrupt the timeline. Everything was supposed to happen that way. It’s just Loki who wasn’t supposed to steal that Infinity Stone.

This is a revelation with massive implications on the Infinity Saga. It tells us that the TVA allowed Thanos to inflict all that pain and carnage during his early “career” and then let him get the Stones and snap half of all living beings out of existence for five years, only for the Avengers to undo everything with the Time Heist. The TVA then allowed a different Thanos from a different reality branch to head into the future of the primary MCU timeline in an attempt to beat the Avengers at their own game. All of this was apparently predestined to happen, according to the TVA.

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TVA animated infomercial from Loki TV series: Left unchecked, branched timelines can lead to multiverse chaos. Image source: Marvel Studios

Remember, however, that Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) told us in Infinity War that only one scenario from the more than 14 million future replays he saw would allow the Avengers to win. It’s unclear how the TVA’s revelations reconcile Strange’s experience. It might be that the TVA ensures that everything goes according to plan for that one winning future that Strange saw, resetting the rotten branches to prevent instability in any other timeline.

But Strange would have no idea that all the other future versions can’t or won’t happen. Like I said before, Loki raises additional questions that will have to be addressed later on.

What’s also interesting in episode 1 is the excellent infomercial that the TVA offers to all the beings who are awaiting judgment after causing a Nexus event. As you’ll recall, a Nexus event is anything that would disrupt the natural flow of time as dictated by the Time Keepers, like Loki’s decision to escape during the Time Heist.

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TVA animated infomercial from Loki TV series: The TVA captures a Nexus variant, placing a reset charge on the banch. Image source: Marvel Studios

In that brilliantly animated and narrated video, we learn that the TVA monitors the flow of time and intervenes every time there’s a Nexus event, using their charges to reset the new branch and fix the Sacred Timeline. The objective here is to avoid another multiverse of madness event — and that’s brilliant foreshadowing for Doctor Strange 2.

The video also makes it seem like the Sacred Timeline is just a single reality, which contradicts Endgame. The Avengers branched off into various alternate realities during their Time Heist, including the one where Loki escaped. Say the TVA fixed them all; then we have a major problem right there. The TVA allowed Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to retire in that alternate timeline and live a happy life. That implies the Sacred Timeline houses at least two different realities. Why would the TVA do that? Could the 2012 version of Loki be responsible for that?

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TVA animated infomercial from Loki TV series: Reset charges destroy Nexus branches. Image source: Marvel Studios

The simplest explanation is that the Sacred Timeline is a concept of controlled time flow that can include a massive number of parallel realities, all of them occurring in a particular pre-approved order. It’s only the divergent branches that can cause chaos that the TVA cuts down. To keep things simple, the TVA’s infomercial might be implying the timeline contains just one reality. Or the TVA has its own agenda that we have yet to discover.

What is clear from episode 1 is that the TVA takes drastic measures to maintain proper time flow. It can reset the timeline and the deviant Nexus variants to restore order. And it can “prune” objects and beings out of existence. The sequence of events in the screenshots above from that TVA infomercial show how the TVA acts to restore balance. But episode 1 also tells us that a different version of Loki has been stealing Reset Charges from various places, which means that Loki is causing those branches to coexist.

What’s also clear is that the TVA employs a massive number of people. The city that Loki admires serves the TVA, so the TVA must be managing an incredible number of realities. Even the animated information makes the timeline look like a thicker string comprising smaller strings/realities, all flowing in the same general direction.

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The end of TVA’s video file on Loki tells the audience the clips apply to Earth 615 and Earth 616. Image source: Marvel Studios

Also, let’s not forget that the Loki tape that our troubled protagonist watches has Earth 616 (the primary MCU reality) and Earth 615 written on it. The events in the file apply to those Loki versions. That sort of filing system implies there might be more timelines allowed to coexist in the Sacred Timeline.

Episode 2 airs next Wednesday on Disney+, and we expect each new installment to provide additional clues about how time and reality are supposed to flow in the MCU.

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The newest Nest Thermostat rarely goes on sale, but it’s $99.98 for Prime Day

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The first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat crammed a wide range of brilliant convenience and energy-saving features into a design that was sleek and stylish. Needless to say, it was a total game-changer when it was first released. One simple device could not only save you a bunch of money and make controlling your HVAC system more convenient, but it also looked so cool and futuristic compared to all the regular thermostats out there. After all, they were just a bunch of ugly white boxes. Long story short, the Nest Learning Thermostat had it all.

So many people out there think that Nest’s flagship thermostat is still the best smart thermostat on the planet, and you won’t hear any arguments from us. In fact, we use the latest model in our own home and we love it. The problem is that the Nest Learning Thermostat is quite expensive compared to some of the newer options out there. Even while it’s on sale with a deep discount on Amazon, it’s still nearly $200. The good news is that you can get all the smart features that make Nest’s Learning Thermostat so great in the newer, less expensive model called simply the Nest Thermostat. It retails for $130 and that’s already a bargain, but pop over to Amazon right now and you’ll see that the Nest Thermostat is on sale with a rare discount for Prime Day that drops it to the lowest price ever!

The newest Nest Thermostat doesn’t have the same sleek stainless steel design as the flagship model. But if you ask us, it features a different design that’s just as stylish. The face of the new Nest has a unique mirror finish with a digital display underneath it, and it comes in four different colors to match any home decor. Most importantly, of course, the Nest Thermostat includes all of the important smart features from the flagship model. You’ll be able to control your thermostat from anywhere using the Nest app or your voice thanks to Google Assistant and Alexa support, and you’ll save plenty of money on your energy bill thanks to Nest’s intelligent features that tune your settings constantly and learn from your behavior.

With a list price of just $130, Google’s newest Nest Thermostat is a terrific value. All things considered, it may very well be the best value out there and it’s going to pay for itself in savings on your energy bills. But if you head over to Amazon right now and pick one up, you’ll pay just $99.98!

The only bad news is that we’ve seen this discount disappear already on a few different color options, so you probably don’t have much time left if you want to get in on the action. If you do miss out on this deal, the good news is that you can still snag the flagship Nest Learning Thermostat for just $199.

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If you’re a BGR Deals reader, you’ve undoubtedly been following along with our coverage all day and you’ve saved a ton of cash on all the most popular products out there. Highlights from our coverage so far include FREE MONEY from Amazon (send yourself a $40 eGift card, get a free $10 Amazon credit), deep discounts on pretty much every popular Apple device you can think of including AirPods Pro and the Apple Watch, a new all-time low price on the hot new TP-Link Kasa smart plugs that everyone loves so much, the best Instant Pot deals of the year with prices starting at just $49.99, AirPods 2 for just $99.99, the crazy wireless camera that lets your smartphone see anywhere for an all-time low price of $28.85, the Fire TV Stick Lite for a new all-time low price of $17.99 and the Fire TV Stick 4K for an all-time low of $24.99 instead of $50, the $80 Echo Show 5 for the all-time low price of $44.99, an Echo Show 5 and Blink Mini Cam bundle for just $10 more, the best-selling Echo Dot for only $19.99, the new 4th-generation Echo Dot for half price at $24.99, the $50 Echo Auto that adds hands-free Alexa to your car for an all-time low of $14.99 or the $98 Echo Auto bundle with 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited for the same crazy price of $14.99, Echo Buds true wireless earbuds starting at just $79.99 instead of $120, and so much more.

All of those deals are fantastic indeed, but there’s also a slew of Fire TV deals that you need to check out right now. Incredibly, a whopping 18 different smart TV deals are available right now on the site!

The Fire TV lineup is neck and neck with Roku in terms of popularity among our readers (there are a bunch of excellent Roku deals available right now at Amazon by the way, including the hot new Roku Express 4K+ for just $29.99). Now, some of the best products in Amazon’s Fire TV portfolio are even more affordable thanks to deep discounts.

There is perhaps no streaming media player at the $50 price point that comes anywhere close to matching the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is on sale right now for $39.99. But if you’re in the market for a new smart TV, there are so many deals you need to see. Amazon is offering incredible discounts on 18 different Fire TV Edition televisions ranging in size from 24 inches all the way up to 70 inches. “Fire TV Edition” means Amazon’s Fire TV streaming software is built right into the TV, so you don’t need to worry about getting a separate media player.

Prices start at just $99.99 for an Insignia 24-inch Smart Fire TV, and the #1 best-seller of the bunch is the Toshiba 32-inch Smart Fire TV that’s on sale for $129.99 instead of $200. You can also pick up Insignia’s 43-inch Smart Fire TV for $219.99, down from $320, and Toshiba’s 50-inch Smart Fire TV that typically sells for $430 is on sale for $309.99.

Want to go bigger? Don’t worry because Amazon’s got you covered. The Insignia 65-inch Smart 4K Fire TV that normally sells for $630 is down to just $449.99 right now, and the massive Insignia 70-inch Smart 4K Fire TV that retails for $700 is on sale for just $529.99 if you’re a Prime member. That price is so low, it seems like someone made a mistake!

You can see all 18 deals on this special Amazon page, and you’ll find a few of our favorites down below.


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  • Plenty of games and other apps to choose from in Amazon’s app store
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