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|“||If you think too hard about where any of us came from, who we truly are, it sounds kinda ridiculous. Existence is chaos. Nothing makes any sense, so we try to make some sense of it. And I'm just lucky that the chaos I emerged into gave me all this... my own glorious purpose. 'Cause the TVA is my life. And it's real because I believe it's real.||„|
|~ Mobius to Loki.|
|“||You could be whoever, whatever you wanna be, even someone good.||„|
|~ Mobius to Loki.|
Mobius, also known as Agent Mobius, is a supporting character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the tritagonist of the series Loki and will return in some capacity in the upcoming second season
He is an agent working for the Time Variance Authority to maintain order on the Sacred Timeline, including detaining Variants and preventing alternate timelines.
He is portrayed by Owen Wilson, who played Jedediah in the Night at the Museum films, Lightning McQueen in the Cars films, Reggie in Free Birds, Roy O'Bannon in Shanghai Noon and Shanghai Knights, Marmaduke in the 2010 film of the same name, John Beckwith in Wedding Crashers, Kenneth "Ken" Hutchinson in Starsky & Hutch and Hansel McDonald in Zoolander and its sequel Zoolander 2.
Mobius was once a normal human living on the Sacred Timeline until he was either kidnapped by the Time Variance Authority or did something that created a nexus event and made him a variant. His memories were wiped, and he was lead to believe he was created by the Time-Keepers to be an agent of the Time Variance Authority, tasked with maintaining order on the Sacred Timeline, a chosen timeline that the Time-Keepers made the primary and only allowed timeline. His tasks including preventing Nexus events and subsequent alternate timelines, and detaining Variants, people who left or interfered with the Sacred Timeline.
Later, a Variant form of Loki Laufeyson, a woman named Sylvie Laufeydottir, began creating chaos, killing TVA Hunters, and stealing the reset charges that TVA Minutemen use to destroy alternate timelines. Morbius investigates the scenes of the crimes, eventually finding that the Variant has been tampering with the timelines by bringing future objects to the past, such as a pack of gum to 1549 France.
When another Variant of Loki, who broke off from the Sacred Timeline in 2012, is detained and about to be sentenced, Morbius sees an opportunity to analyze and work with the version of Loki to help capture the elusive Variant. He takes custody of Loki and interrogates him, showing him points of his past and explaining to him that, in the Sacred Timeline, he is just a means to allow the heroes to come into their own. He then shows Loki a point in his chosen future where he will indirectly lead to his adoptive mother Frigga's death in an attempt for revenge against his adoptive brother Thor. This enrages Loki, who tries to attack Mobius, but Mobius uses a device to rewind Loki in time to prevent the attack.
Mobius is called away to investigate another attack from Sylvie Laufeydottir, and returns to find Loki escaped. He teams up with Hunter B-15 to find him, but eventually finds him back in the interrogation room, dejected after seeing his future and eventual death, as well as seeing the seemingly all-powerful Infinity Stones regarded as nothing but paperweights to the TVA. Mobius appeals to Loki's inner sense of righteousness as well as his vanity, offering him purpose in catching the other Loki, to which Loki accepts.
Despite his initial agreement to cooperate, Mobius has difficulty with Loki when they go out on their first investigation of another massacre and kidnapping, this time in 1985 Wisconsin. Loki attempts to bluff and stall for time, bargaining a meeting with the Time-Keepers, but Mobius calls his bluff and takes him back to TVA headquarters while the alternate timeline is erased.
In order to encourage Loki to cooperate, Mobius task him with researching the cases to see what he can find. After a botched attempt to find files on the TVA, Loki is given his own file and looks over it. After reading about Ragnarök, the destruction of Asgard, Loki realizes something. He goes to Mobius and explains his theory (all while demonstrating on and subsequently ruining Mobius' lunch) that the Variant Loki is hiding in apocalypse-style events, as any and all activity there would be nullified and unnoticed by the later destruction. They test the theory by traveling to Pompeii in 79 AD, where Loki creates chaos, but the timeline is unaffected due to the volcano's eruption and the destruction of all evidence they were there.
Loki and Mobius research potential apocalypse events the Variant could be hiding in, and eventually take a break. Mobius explains that he has always had a fascination with jet skis, and has always wanted to ride one, but cannot without disturbing the Sacred Timeline. The two have a civil debate about the existence of free will on a pre-determined timeline and how it will end. The conversation reminds Mobious of the pack of gum, and realizes that the apocalypse event must contain the brand of gum for the Variant Loki to acquire it. The two reasearch again, and Loki figures out that the event is a hurricane in 2050 Alabama, where people attemted to hide out in a superstore that carried and owned the gum brand.
Mobius, Loki, and the Minutemen go to Alabama in 2050 to investigate. While Mobius finds the kidnapped Hunter, Loki encounters Sylvie Laufeydottir, who sends reset charges across the Sacred Timeline to create a vast amount of alternate timelines. As she leaves, Mobius sees Loki follow her before the time door closes.
Mobius looks for Loki and Sylvie throughout the Sacred Timeline. He is informed by Ravonna Renslayer that the kidnapped hunter had died due to her mind being broken by Sylvie. He eventually finds Loki and Sylvie in an apocalypse, where the two together created a unique nexus event.
Mobius interrogates Loki, asking him what happened to create such a large and unique nexus event. He discovers that Loki has fallen in love with Sylvie, and mocks him for falling in love with another version of himself. Loki informs Mobius of something that he learned from Sylive, that he and all the agents of the TVA are Variants who had their memories wioed. Though Mobius is skeptical, he invistages and, after stealing Renslayer's TemPad, discovers that the hunter that Sylvie kidnapped was actually pruned after she remembered her old life.
Realizing that Loki was telling the truth, Mobius goes to free him from the TVA, but is caught by Renslayer. She has her agents prune Mobius. Mobius is sent where all things that are pruned are sent: a Void at the end of time where everything sent there is consumed by a cosmic entity known as Alioth. Once there, Mobius comandeers a car and rescues Sylvie from Alioth, and soon meets back up with Loki, as well as various other variants of Loki from other timelines. Loki and Sylvie elect to defeat Alioth and find out who is behind the TVA and the kidnapping of Variants. Mobius bids farewell to the Lokis, even getting a hug from Variant L1130, and uses the TemPad that Sylvie brought to return to the TVA headquarters.
Mobius returns to the TVA and confronts Renslayer. After she apologizes to him, she packs up and flees, claiming she is in search of "free will". Mobius returns and finds the branching timelines beyond repair, and accepts the TVA's fate.
Later, after Sylvie murders the one behind everything, He Who Remains, the timeline branches irreparably. Loki is forced back to the TVA, only to find he is in an alternate timeline where Mobius does not know him, and He Who Remains' other variant, Kang the Conqueror, has taken over reality.
Mobius is a loyal and practical agent, doing his job without argument or hesitation and truly caring for the state of the Time-Keepers and Sacred Timeline, despite never having met the former. He is not afraid to work off of instinct and gut reactions, usually calmly and responsibly working with any situation presented to him. He takes advantage of opportunities when he can, looking for the most practical and ethical means of handling situations.