Thor V3 #12
So lets talk about Loki and the Time Travel paradox.
See, this is why people hate time travel paradoxes. While there is some room for interpretation, I think JMS makes it pretty clear that despite Hela saying Loki cannot change the past, Loki actually changed the past
I believe that what JMS meant is that ‘what we saw happen is what actually happened. ’ Above, Loki says “I can’t change what happened, but I can make what happened, happen.”
Loki knows he can’t make something that didn’t occur, occur - he can’t murder Thor as a babe, because he grew up with Thor his entire life… but because Loki very possibly remembers Loki’s own intervening in his past to cause his own adoption (as evidenced by Loki wondering which came first), Loki will always be able to influence events to cause his own adoption.
For those who are familiar with the show ‘Gargoyles’, they had a similar time travel paradox there – ‘I can’t change the past, but I CAN go back to the past to make this event happen, because I DID go back to the past to make this event happen!’
What Loki did STRONGLY appears to follow similar logic, and even uses similar wording. (I wouldn’t be surprised if JMS is familiar with the show - I’ve known many writers who enjoyed that show, even as young men and young adults)
In fact, the magus who did that time travel had a similar mantra as what Loki mentioned to Hela “[Time]’s rules can be bent, but not broken.’
Because Loki does not try to change the events he (likely) remembers, but ‘changes’ events so that they happen as they should, he has bent the rule, but not broken them. And even adult loki seems to remember events as he created them to occur, as evidenced by his statement “And spend the rest of my very long life wondering which came first.” (wondering if he acted in the past as an adult because he remembered being visited as a child, or if he remembers being visited as a child, because of his actions as an adult in the past).
The logic is that Loki always goes back to change his past - this is why he can change his past. He is making what happened, happen, and he will ALWAYS make what happened, happen. (And I think the fact that Loki was able to summon snow-borr in the present is a good deal of proof that what Loki did in fact cause events past actually have an effect, because he was able to pull consequences and people from the past to the present)
(As a final note, do not send ANYONE anon hate over this post.)