Loki presented the Time Variance Authority, one of the most intriguing notions ever seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it looks like the sinister groups will continue to be introduced since the teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness purports to incorporate the Illuminati. With each of them interfering in the politics of the universe, a new fan theory claims that Kang was previously a member of the Illuminati before being expelled and founding the TVA.
While the TVA is a powerful organization tasked with restoring the “holy chronology” over all of space and time, its style and technology appear to have been frozen in the 1960s and 1970s. When Loki travels to explore the secret version of himself, for example, all of the TVA data is kept in paper files, and the computers have ancient, clunky displays and keyboards. While this might all be due to the TVA’s creative choices, a new Reddit speculation by user Wonderbread1999 claims that the design is being employed to conceal the Illuminati.
Fans believe Kang the Conqueror (also known as He Who Remains) was formerly a member of the Illuminati, as he is easily one of the most powerful beings in the cosmos. Kang was driven out for whatever cause, and in response, he founded the TVA, owing to his desire for control and fear of his multiversal variations.
Following this line of reasoning, the argument implies that retro technology aids in Kang’s concealment from the Illuminati. The organization’s structure, as shown in the Doctor Strange 2 teaser, looks quite modern, with pristine white walls and elegant designs. So, if Kang wants to stand out from the crowd, the TVA design would be the way to go. Its outward look makes it appear much less evolved than it is, and no traces of Kang can be seen in its designs before Sylvie kills him and another Kang version takes control.
The Time Keepers, a fictitious squad created by Kang to appear as the TVA’s leaders, help to support this. This helped erase any ties between the TVA and himself, ensuring that nothing was amiss if the Illuminati and their Ultron-bots examined it. It’s also conceivable that safeguards were put in place to prevent the bots from attacking, as the TVA has devices that can tell if someone is a machine or an android, as shown in the first episode of Loki.
Kang may be strong enough to rule the whole MCU history, but that doesn’t mean he’s immune to the Illuminati’s wrath. In Doctor Strange 2, they might very well be taking over the entire multiverse, so even Kang needs to stay out of their way. While there isn’t much evidence to support or refute the notion, it would explain some of the TVA’s odd design decisions.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits cinemas on May 6 to investigate if the Illuminati had anything to do with the TVA’s beginnings.