I feel like pruning people from timelines is a major plot hole in the way time travel in the MCU is handled.

In the TV series Loki, you learn the Time Variance Authority (TVA) is controlling the timeline to make sure certain events happen the exact same way across all the timelines.

However, Kang clearly states that there are other versions of himself, across other timelines in the multiverse, that do not share his thoughts on this. This in itself seems contradiction - for Kang to control the timeline and avoid branches, wouldn't every Kang across every timeline in the multiverse, would have to be doing the exact same thing? Otherwise the timelines controlled by conflicting Kangs would have branched into each other a long time ago.

Furthermore, the TVA explain how crucial Loki is in making sure others reach their fullest potential. But, if Loki is pruned from his own timeline, would that not affect, and potentially change the outcome of the timeline in itself? It's not like they can slide in another Loki from another timeline, as that timeline would then be without a Loki.

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    This all seems very opinion-based. It works the way it works because that's how it works...
    – Valorum
    Nov 16, 2021 at 0:27
  • Opinion based in what regard? I'm asking a question based on the supplied facts.
    – Brandon
    Nov 16, 2021 at 0:31
  • Your idea of a "plot hole" seems to be based on what you didn't like and felt should have been written differently.
    – Valorum
    Nov 16, 2021 at 0:33
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    Hi and welcome to the site, it looked like you had an interesting core question hidden in there, and I've taken the liberty to make a few (possibly large) edits to pull out the salient points. You're free to rollback those changes, and edit your own. As for the reaction you're getting over the initial question being opinion based, check out the tour and How to Ask. The problem with asking about plot holes in general is that because fiction requires a certain amount of 'suspension of disbelief' it can be subjective whether a work is consistent or not in what it tells you based on personal views
    – AncientSwordRage
    Nov 16, 2021 at 18:10
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    @AncientSwordRage I wanted to say I appreciate the info. I will try to be better at conveying my question in the future. Sometimes my thoughts are coming at me so fast, I have a hard time organizing them in a coherent manner. Being told my question is opinion based when the topic is sci-fi, threw me for a loop. Basically any question asked about that specific subject matter, could be considered subjective. Yes, claiming there is a plot hole is definitely opinion and maybe I should have left that part out. However, I felt the actual question was legitimate.
    – Brandon
    Nov 17, 2021 at 0:46


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