Ms. Marvel introduced many new concepts to the MCU, from heroic fandom to even mutants, but it also touched on a familiar concept: time travel. Avengers: Endgame was the first MCU project to dive into time travel and established the rule that venturing into history does not change the past, but rather creates a new timeline – this concept was further reinforced in Loki.
During Kamala’s fight with the illegals, her bracelet ended up sending her back in time to the score she ran into her grandmother in as a child and reunited her with her father just in time to take a train. Many were quick to share their belief that this contradicted existing MCU time travel rules, as Kamala directly affected the existing timeline.
However, a writer who participated in both Loki and Ms. Marvel has given his opinion on whether the MCU’s time travel rules have ever been broken.
MCU Writer Explains Ms. Marvel’s Time Travel
In a recent interview with Cinema Blend, Loki writer and Ms. Marvel Creator Bisha K. Ali has responded to criticism of how time travel was handled during Kamala Khan’s MCU debut.
The MCU writer explained that Ms. MarvelTime travel would not create a Nexus event “because of its inevitability” making it “a closed loop:”
“Yeah, we got Avengers: Endgame [rules] that you can’t go back as a consequence [way]. …However, between Endgame and [Ms. Marvel], another little show came up called Loki, in which I participated a lot to understand how time could work. And I would say I think it wouldn’t have caused a Nexus event due to its inevitability. So it was a closed loop. That’s what happens. …And it was also the fact that a Nexus event is caused by… You know what? I’m going to get yelled at by someone, either by a fan or by Marvel. I can’t say which one. But I’ll say this, that to me it made perfect sense, and it’s consistent with what was established in the VAT, which seemed like the ultimate decision on time, I think.
Ms. Marvel met with intense fan criticism upon its release due to its potential return from Avengers: Endgame and Lokiestablished time travel rules.
@darthwebhead asked if the episode “[broke] the pre-established rules of time travel” in the MCU:
“I hate to be that guy, but doesn’t Ms. Marvel’s latest episode break the pre-established rules of time travel within the MCU”
@droid254 highlighted how the “rules [of time travel] constantly changing” and led many to become confused:
“Marvel people confuse us with time travel… The rules keep changing on some shows like on Ms. Marvel when Kamala goes back in time, she didn’t create a new timeline like we have seen in the movies and Loki”
@TheGamingMag said phase 4 is “a mess so far,” criticize Ms. Marvel for “[throwing] at any time the rules of travel which End of Game established:”
“Mrs. Marvel just created a time loop? Doesn’t technically that throw away the time travel rules set by Endgame? Idk whoever man. Marvel Phase 4 is a mess so far”
@Yourtwelve shared a more canon-based explanation than the series instead “broken Bruce Banner’s time travel theory:”
“Ms. Marvel has officially broken Bruce Banner’s time travel theory ‘If you travel to the past, that past becomes your future and your old present becomes your past that can no longer be changed by your new future'”
Marvel’s Time Travel Rules Are Still Confusing
The MCU may have erred in establishing one of the most confusing time travel rules of all time. These complicated rules were largely designed to make the story of End of Game and Lokibut became confusing when it comes to other projects run by different teams.
In the particular case of Ms. Marvel, there is justification for saying that Kamala saving her grandmother may not break the rules. During Loki’s initial TVA hearing, Judge Renslayer told the God of Mischief that the Avengers’ Time Heist was “it’s supposed to happen” but his escape was not:
“We’re not here to talk about the Avengers. What they did was supposed to happen. Your escape wasn’t.”
Of course, this was all according to the Time-Keepers, who turned out to be the One Who Remains. But it further established the idea that along the singular sacred timeline there are things related to time travel that are “it’s supposed to happen”, and maybe Kamala saving her grandmother was one of them.
After all, Ms. Marvel had always said that Sana had found her father just before the train arrived during the partition, but no one ever knew that this person was Kamala. So there may well be cases of time travel that don’t create new universes, but only if they fulfill this confusing and ambiguous concept of a closed loop like the Time Heist travel and Kamala’s Partition.
Who knows if Marvel Studios will ever further clarify its time travel rules or perhaps simplify them? Time travel is a confusing concept, perhaps even the brightest geniuses in the MCU don’t really understand how it works, as it does in the real world.
Ms. Marvel, Lokiand Avengers: Endgame are all streaming now on Disney+.
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