Many years ago, I learned about Allspeak and how the Asgardians used Allspeak which was basically like a magical way that no matter how they spoke, it was translated into the vernacular of the person hearing them. I've always just assumed this was the case for any advanced civilization in the MCU, whether it was by magic or technology.

The TVA, however, is a bit odd. They have a lot of printed material which is obviously printed in English, and so did He Who Remains when he was demonstrating he knew what was happening up until that point.

Do we assume that this is allspeak, or is it English for some reason? Or is this the kind of thing we're not supposed to ask questions about?

  • I’m not sure Allspeak is a thing in the MCU, unless Drax and Mantis picked it up somewhere too (or learned English from Quill). Jul 26 at 22:53
  • Well that poses an even more interesting question, how do they speak English? They spoke it before meeting Quill. Jul 26 at 23:05
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    @JacobJones a lot of the characters we see have use of universal translators. See here and here.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 26 at 23:17
  • Ah, solid. Thanks @TheLethalCarrot Jul 27 at 21:26

I don't think Allspeak exists within the MCU, or at least, I don't see any clear evidence that it does. In Avengers: Infinity War, Thor mentioned that Groot (the language) was taught as an elective on Asgard.

ROCKET: You speak Groot?

THOR: Yes, they taught it on Asgard. It was an elective.

This suggests that he took classes in it, as a normal human might take classes in French or German. Whereas in the comics, the Allspeak works like the Universal Translator in Star Trek, where you just speak in your own language, and are heard by the person or people you're speaking to in theirs.

KID LOKI: What language are you speaking? You're not speaking French.

THOR: Neither are you. Are you?

KID LOKI: I don't understand.

THOR: You speak with the All-Tongue. Every man hears it as his native language.

Thor Vol 3 #617

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Also, in Loki Episode 1, Loki speaks in English to some Mongolians in the Gobi Desert, and they seemingly don't understand a word he's saying. He does speak Latin to people in Pompeii in Episode 2, but the very fact that we hear him vocalising his words in a different language -- rather than having his words magically translated, irrespective of what language he was speaking in -- again contradicts how the Allspeak is said to work in the comics.

The most logical conclusion to be drawn from the above evidence is that in the MCU, Asgardians have to take classes to learn other languages, and that they probably don't get around to learning all languages, such as Mongolian in Loki's case.

I see no reason to think it's any different within the TVA. In the scene in the church in Episode 1, Mobius is shown to speak French, and one of the Hunters states that he can speak every language on the timeline, implying that all TVA staff likely can.

MOBIUS [in French]: I'm sorry... my friend is an imbecile.

HUNTER U-92: Hey, yo!

HUNTER U-92 [in French]: I speak every language on the timeline too. Jackass.

But there's nothing preventing them from just learning all these languages. Mobius states that time passes differently within the TVA, and He Who Remains said more or less the same thing about the Citadel at the End of Time. So for all we know, these people are hundreds, thousands, perhaps even millions of years old, meaning they have plenty of time to learn as many languages as they want.

And again, the fact that we hear them vocally switching between different languages contradicts the way the Allspeak is said to work in the comics.

One other thing to note is that pretty much all the TVA staff we've seen -- including He Who Remains -- are seemingly human, and moreover American, if their accents are any indication. So while they may be capable of speaking any language on the timeline, their first language would presumably be English, and it therefore makes sense that they'd communicate with one another in English most of the time.

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    "and moreover American, if their accents are any indication" — or crafty Brits pretending, as per usual. Looking at you, Judge Rennslayer. Looking at you, Hunter B-15. Jul 27 at 0:30
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    We don't know for sure that the Mongolians didn't understand him, they may have just been too stunned by seeing a random white guy in a goofy suit appear out of nowhere in the middle of the desert to respond. And they didn't have much of a chance before the TVA showed up and took control of the whole situation. Jul 27 at 14:42
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    @Darrel Hoffman - Loki tells them (in English): I am Loki, of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose,", and a woman responds (in Mongolian) "Who are you? Why have you come to our home?" If she actually understood and spoke English, it seems unlikely that she'd reply in Mongolian, without having any reason to believe that he could speak it too. One could suppose that the Allspeak was translating his words here, but if Loki can speak in English and be understood by non-English speakers, then why did he speak Latin in Pompeii? Jul 27 at 15:20
  • @LogicDictates: For fun? And nothing says he needs to use Allspeak consistently for languages that he knows. We can surmise he might have spent some time wreaking havoc in ancient Rome, so picked up Latin, but never learned Mongolian. Jul 27 at 16:46
  • @ThePopMachine - MCU Loki was born circa 965 AD, nearly 500 years after the fall of the Roman Empire. And if the Allspeak exists within the MCU, it begs the question of why Loki would bother learning other languages, especially one that had mostly fallen out of use by the time he was born. I get why Picard speaks some Klingon despite having the Universal Translator; it helps him earn their respect. But no human would be able to tell the difference between Loki actually speaking their language and him using the Allspeak. Jul 27 at 21:37

Spoilers for episode 6!

He Who Remains tells the Lokis: "Eons ago, before the TVA, a variant of myself lived on Earth in the 31st century." Therefore, it is quite plausible that the speech and text are English because that is the language He Who Remains used on Earth. It's a simple case of He Who Remains making the TVA use what he was comfortable with.

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