Mrs Miracle brought many new concepts to the MCU, from heroic fandom to mutants, but it also touched on a familiar one: time travel. Avengers: Endgame was the first MCU project to explore time travel and set the rule that adventuring in history doesn’t alter the past but instead creates a new timeline – this concept was further reinforced in Loki.
During Kamala’s battle with the Clandestines, her bracelet finally sent her back to the time of the Divide, where she ran into her grandmother as a child and reunited her with her father just in time to catch a train. Many at the time were quick to share their belief that this contradicted the MCU’s existing time travel rules, as Kamala was directly affecting the existing timeline.
Well, an author who was involved in both Loki and Mrs Miracle has voiced her thoughts on whether the MCU’s rules on time travel have already been broken.
MCU Writer Explains Ms. Marvel’s Time Travel
In a recent interview with Cinema Blend, Loki writer and Mrs Miracle Creator Bisha K. Ali responded to criticism of how time travel was handled in Kamala Khan’s MCU debut.
The MCU writer explained that Mrs MiracleThe time travel of would not generate a Nexus Event “Because of the Inevitability” what it does “a closed loop:”
“Yes, we had Avengers: Endgame [rules] that you can’t go back like a sequel [way]. … However, between Endgame and [Ms. Marvel], came through another little show called Loki that I was very involved in trying to figure out how time can work. And I’d say it wouldn’t have caused a Nexus Event in my opinion because it’s inevitable. So it was a closed cycle. That’s what’s up. …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 a fan or Marvel. I can’t say which. But I will say that it made perfect sense to me and fits within the logic of what was laid down in the TVA, which I believe was the final decision over time.”
Mrs Miracle was heavily criticized by fans at the time of release due to its potential retcon Avengers: Endgame and Loki‘s established rules of time travel.
@darthwebhead questioned whether the episode “[broke] the predetermined rules of time travel” in the MCU:
“I hate being that guy, but doesn’t the latest episode of Ms. Marvel break the pre-established rules of time travel within the MCU?”
@droid254 pointed out how the “Rules [of time travel] keep changing” and have confused many:
“Marvel people confused us about time travel… the rules keep changing on some shows like Ms Marvel when Kamala goes back in time, she didn’t create a new timeline like we’ve seen from the movies and Loki.”
@TheGamingMag stated that phase is 4 “a mess so far” criticize Mrs Miracle to the “[throwing] removes all time travel rules that are endgame established:”
“Ms. Marvel just created a time warp? Doesn’t that technically throw away all the time travel rules that Endgame made? Idk whatever man. Marvel Phase 4 has been a mess so far.”
@Yourwelve instead shared a more canon-based explanation than the series “shattered Bruce Banner’s time travel theory:”
“Ms. Marvel has officially shattered Bruce Banner’s time travel theory ‘when you travel back in time, that past becomes your future, and your past present becomes your past, which now cannot be changed by your new future’”
Marvel’s rules of time travel are still confusing
The MCU may have made a mistake by creating one of the most confusing time travel rules of all time. These complicated rules were designed largely to simplify the story endgame and Lokibut have now become confusing when it comes to other projects managed by different teams.
In the particular case of Mrs Miracle, there is some justification to say that Kamala saving her grandmother might not be breaking the rules. During Loki’s original TVA hearing, Judge Renslayer told the God of Mischief that the time heist was the Avengers “should happen” but his escape was not:
“We’re not here to talk about the Avengers. What they did should happen.
That was all according to the time-keepers, of course, who actually turned out to be He Who Remains. But that still established the idea that there are things to do with time travel along the unique Sacred Timeline “should happen” and perhaps Kamala, who saved her grandmother, was one of them.
After all, Mrs Miracle had always said that Sana was reunited with her father just before the train came during the partition, but no one ever knew that person was Kamala. So there may be some instances of time travel that don’t create new universes, but only if they fulfill this confusing and ambiguous closed-loop concept, like the time heist and Kamala’s dividing journey.
Who knows if Marvel Studios will one day further refine, or maybe simplify, its time travel rules? Time travel is a confusing concept, maybe even the MCU’s brightest geniuses don’t really understand how it works like it does in the real world.
Mrs Miracle, Lokiand Avengers: Endgame are all streaming on Disney+ now.