The effect is powered by Geometry Nodes and can be downloaded for free.
3D Blender Artist and Animator Cartesian Caramel, also known as Bbbn192, has recently showcased a marvelous recreation of the timeline collapse effect from the Loki TV series created in Blender using the software's Geometry Nodes toolset.
According to the developer, the setup works by creating Curves that spawn from the gradient of a source object, which are then simulated. Moreover, the effect is compatible with Blender 3.6 or higher and only supports stationary objects. You can also access and download this effect for free by visiting Cartesian Caramel's Gumroad page.
Here's a detailed tutorial on how this stunning effect was made:
And here's how the timeline collapse effect looks in the original show:
Earlier, the artist also demonstrated an amazing procedural spider robot animation, a neat fence-melting effect, a stunning branching paths VFX, a delicious baking bread animation, a fully-functioning custom machine learning algorithm made with Geometry Nodes, a cool-looking robotic cable arm, fantastic LEGO assembly effects, and more. You can check out all of these projects and more by visiting the author's Twitter page.
We also recommend visiting Bbbn192's YouTube channel to check out some of the artist's detailed guides on how these incredible effects were made.