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Loki made the time travel in Avengers Endgame make even less sense

Loki made the time travel in Avengers Endgame make even less sense

mostly_hrmless

I think the intro to episode six shows there are many timelines or universes in the sacred timeline. The TVA only really cares about a timeline that jeopardizes the status quo, like an adversarial Kang variant or Loki and Sylvie working together. Basically anything that threatens He Who Remains. All other timelines are fine to be part of the sacred one.


throwaway204a63

Oohhhh gotcha. That makes a lot more sense :D


Xygnux

Universes are allowed to exist as long as they follow the general sequence of events which are designed to never give raise to a Kang the Conqueror. That's why universes with female Loki, or even an alligator Loki were allowed to exist until those Loki did something different from that plan. So based on that, since Steve returned all six Infinity Stones shortly after they were missing, there probably weren't significant changes to any of those timelines except for the runaway Loki in this show, and the universe where Thanos went missing. So those universes will be allowed to carry on. Depending on how the reset charges work, like whether they actually rewind time to generate another Thanos or Loki, those two universes where they went missing may be allowed to continue on.


throwaway204a63

Sure but that still goes against the TVA keeping a "sacred timeline". Its them allowing multiple timelines to exist so that endgame can make sense. It feels really forced, and wasnt explained well in the show itself


Divineroc

To me for the most part, the TVA, only really deals with the aftermath of time travel, and not the time traveler themselves. So basically they let the events of Endgame time travel happen, and then they cleaned up all the split time lines that came from that.


Xygnux

It wasn't explained very well. But the way I and most people interpret it is, they are in the same timeline, in the sense that the term timeline doesn't mean a universe, but the same fixed sequence of event. So it's multiple universes following the same timeline.


Elwyn0004

The "sacred timeline" is the timeline of "He Who Remains." If the events play out any differently, it would branch out into a different reality and create a different Kang. There's nothing else particularly special about the timeline that's allowed to exist, other than self-preservation. The TVA wouldn't know that though, to them what the Avengers did didn't create a branch from the "sacred timeline" but Loki taking the tesseract did. Multiple timelines are allowed to exist and they're only pruned by the TVA when they branch off from the "sacred timeline." So those timelines where they return the stones to can continue just as long as most events play out the way they should. The one where Thanos left will either need someone to fill the void or to be reset by the TVA to prevent it from branching into a new Kang's timeline. It's also possible that any timeline where Thanos' snap doesn't happen leads to the world killing itself (as Thanos warned) and if humanity dies before Kang is born then it's not a timeline that needs to be pruned.


throwaway204a63

Doesnt kang live outside of time? Like they find him after going beyond the end of time. Then how can he be part of a timeline still. Also, none of that is explained in the show itself, so where are u getting this from?


Elwyn0004

He does, but he also talked about his past, which I assumed was on the timeline. There had to be a timeline that was preserved or chosen for him to maintain control of to prevent new variants and I assumed he chose the one he came from. I'm trying to make educated guesses based on the information we've been given. Marvel has a tendency to leave out details in order for the audience to think about it, or they just forget and later pretend like it was intentional


throwaway204a63

I agree, they wave away holes in their logic a lot. But those are just educated guess. I would think he would choose to preserve a timeline where he never did and never will exist. And that wouldnt effect him cuz hes already ascended beyond time. He only knows about his past cuz he lived it. But now his past diesnt exist outside of his memory. Thats how I think about about it. But about the avengers thing, I just find it super convenient that he chose to preserve other timelines besides the one sacred timeline seemingly only so that the avengers can pull off their time heist and kill a thanos variant for the final battle