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Loki’s Time Travel Rules Don’t Matter


In Marvel’s Loki, the MCU’s time travel rules have become a real headache. Does it really matter?

Tom Hiddleston in Loki Season 2
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In a recent episode of Loki season 2, Ravonna Renslayer and Miss Minutes travel to 1863 Chicago. There, they find a young boy and give him a TVA handbook written by Ke Huy Quan’s TVA technician, Ouroboros. The next time we see that boy in 1893, he’s a man going by the name of Victor Timely who has studied the details of that book and is now able to invent the contraptions inside it, including the temporal loom that will become the center of the TVA. 

This, of course, raises a question. Who really started the TVA? We’ve been told that the TVA was founded by He Who Remains, the man who Victor Timely will become. But now Loki shows that Victor/HWR got the idea for the TVA from OB’s book. How can He Who Remains be both the inspiration and be inspired? 

The answer, of course, is time travel. Some might point out that the paradox at the heart of Loki season two breaks those roles. To that, I offer the following thoughtful rejoinder: “So?”

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“So Back to the Future is a bunch of bullshit?” 

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