Loki joins a TVA mission following an ambush by the fugitive Variant of Loki in 1985 Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He wants assurance that the TVA will let him meet the Time Keepers instead of disintegrating him, but Mobius figures out that he is stalling. Back at the TVA headquarters, Mobius convinces Renslayer to give Loki another chance. After research, Loki proposes that the Variant is hiding in spacetime near apocalyptic events like Asgard’s Ragnarok, where the impending destruction means their actions cannot change the timeline, thus concealing them from the TVA. Loki and Mobius confirm this possibility by visiting Pompeii in 79 AD.
The duo then figure out that the Variant is at a hurricane in 2050 Alabama. Loki, Mobius, and TVA agents travel there. The Variant ambushes them, using body possession to control TVA’s Hunter B-15 and other locals. The Variant rejects Loki’s offer for them to work together to overthrow the TVA’s Time-Keepers. The Variant reveals itself as a female version of Loki. She executes her scheme, teleporting the TVA reset charges she stole to various locations in spacetime, thus creating many new timeline branches. She teleports into a timeline, and Loki follows her.