The Marvel Cinematic Universe keeps expanding as they go deeper in introducing new key players which will form part of Phase Four. Behold, the Time-Keepers! And who exactly are the Time-Keepers in Loki?
The first episode of Loki Season 1 gives a head start on who they are, what they are doing, and how they work looking closer into what they are bringing into the MCU, they surely have a big part in the canon series and what comes next.
The Time-Keepers were introduced by Miss Minutes as the all-knowing beings responsible for creating the Sacred Timeline, a reorganized timeline after a multiversal war happened.
The 'multiversal war', as the term implies, is when various unique timelines fought for supremacy, which only ended up destroying everything.
The Time-Keepers preserve and protect the timeline by keeping people on the path within.
Miss Minutes added that some people's paths veer off, the variants, resulting in a possible 'Nexus Event' which could cause madness around the Sacred Timeline and could lead to another multiversal war.
In their efforts to prevent this, the Time-Keepers created the Time Variance Authority complete with their workers such as the Minutemen, Chronomonitors, and the likes of Agent Mobius.
The TVA corrects it by erasing the branched timeline and resetting it, then apprehending the person responsible for it.
These variants then face trials before the TVA where they will be asked on how they plead before they could be eradicated from existence by 'pruning.'
Who are the Time-Keepers in Loki?
The Time-Keepers are, as mentioned by Miss Minutes, the creators of the TVA.
They are a triumvirate of hooded beings who keep the Scared Timeline in one place by eradicating the branched timelines made either intentionally or accidentally by those within it.
But come to think of it, how come when the Avengers (during Avengers: Endgame) traveled back in time during the Battle of New York, they weren't pruned?
Well, it was revealed that they were, in fact, meant to do so, which meant the Avengers had no right to get 'pruned.'
In Marvel Comics, these so-called Time-Keepers were made by the last remaining TVA director during the end times.
They were given the responsibility of keeping the Sacred Timeline to protect and preserve it in the prevention of the end of time as we know it.
They rarely appear to mortals. Two of them look masculine while the other seems feminine.
They were associated with Immortus, a supervillain who travels through time.
Immortus had various troubles through time and the Time-Keepers deemed it fit to have him as a prisoner and as a student that they taught him about the timelines, even giving him monitoring on a section of time. (Not so wise a move, right?)
Well, Immortus, when younger, went by the name Kang the Conqueror. (Familiar, eh?)
It was in the Loki Season 1 finale that we learn the three Time-Keepers were fake androids to hide the 'real' controller of the TVA all along: one of the Kang the Conqueror variants (the first in the MCU), He Who Remains.
And since Sylvie was largely driven by her seeking revenge against those who took her away, she also ended up killing He Who Remains, waking up Kang the Conqueror as the MCU's big bad. At least, for a little while.