Loki spoilers follow.
Lokis survive, that’s what they do, so if any Marvel Disney+ show was going to be renewed, it’s this one. And now, thanks to a quick title card at the end of episode six, we know for certain that Loki is indeed returning for season two.
Before Disney officially confirmed this renewal, Marvel producer Nate Moore told IndieWire that Loki season two was pretty likely, saying: “The one that comes to mind – and that probably isn’t a secret – I think there’s a lot of storytelling in Loki that’s really irreverent and clever and cool, but also lends itself to multiple seasons in a way where it’s not a one-off.”
Let’s also not forget that Deadline reported, all the way back in January, that a second season of Loki could be on the cards, with with head writer and executive producer Michael Waldron involved in some capacity as part of a bigger deal with Disney.
Back in May, Agents of SHIELD star Clark Gregg let slip that Tom Hiddleston might be working on 10 or 12 episodes of the show, which suggests there might be more coming than those initial six chapters in season one (via Variety).
“I’d be lying if I didn’t say boy, that would really be interesting to start the experiment over,” Clark said. “Doing 10 episodes or 12 episodes the way Tom Hiddleston told me he was doing on Loki with that kind of budget and that Marvel Cinematic production team.”
Was Tom lying? Well, he is playing the God of Mischief… but now we know he was telling the truth to Clark after all. And given that Loki has already broken some big records for Marvel, it was only a matter of time before that official renewal came through on the bifrost.
Reacting to this confirmation, Hiddleston told Marvel.com: “I am so grateful that we got to do season one, I still am not quite able to process that we get to have another go at this. I am so excited by the possibilities. We are already in discussions. Deep, deep, deep discussions. I can’t wait to get started.”
During this chat, the Loki star also said: “I want to say thank you to the audience because without the audience, we wouldn’t be able to make a season two. I hope season one was full of surprises. And I think season two will be full of even more.”
Loki season 2 release date: When will it return on Disney+?
We’ve had no official confirmation of when we might expect new episodes of Loki to be released on Disney Plus.
But, if we’re to believe a recent report by Production Weekly, Loki season two will reportedly start production in January 2022. If so, then season two could arrive by the end of next year or early 2023, although Disney hasn’t verified anything on that front just yet.
And given that Marvel has now confirmed season two’s existence, production could start even earlier. If that turns out to be the case, then we could even be looking at a summer 2022 release. It’s probably wishful thinking on our part, but fingers crossed!
Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige teased a slither of an update in recent weeks, telling Collider that “it is underway” and that “we’re developing it as we speak”.
Loki season 2 cast: Who will be in it?
Again, there’s no official word on who might be joining Loki on his time-hopping adventures.
But, given how season one ended, we’d be expecting most of the following cast members to return in Loki season two:
• Tom Hiddleston as Loki
• Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer
• Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15
• Tara Strong as the voice of Miss Minutes
• Owen Wilson as Mobius M Mobius
• Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie
Don’t be surprised if Jack Veal reprises the role of Kid Loki at some point too, whether it’s in a second season of Loki or some kind of Young Avengers project. With multiple members now lined up, it’s only a matter of time before Marvel’s legacy team arrive, and we’re hoping that Kid Loki will be a part of that, just like in the comics.
That’s not the only Loki we’re hoping to see return, either. Richard E Grant made a huge impact on fans with a brief but already iconic take on Classic Loki, complete with his Golden Age comic book outfit. Although this variant sacrificed himself to help Sylvie and Loki escape The Void, Grant told Entertainment Tonight that his character could still return one day.
“Everything’s possible,” he said. And although Grant doesn’t know how this would work after “going out with such a bang”, he did reveal that he “wouldn’t say no” to coming back.
“I think that because his sacrifice is so huge and it’s going out with such a bang, how do you top that if he had to come back? I have no idea. You know, it’s not within my arena to do that. But I wouldn’t say no, if asked. Put it that way.”
What about the talent behind the camera?
“I think for me, I’m just so focused on this story and I’ve been so wrapped up in it for two years. I think I poured every aspect of my soul and my time into the show, and I think for me, that’s where my head’s at really, is just focusing on this.”
Along with Michael Waldron, Kate played a huge role in shaping this show, so it’s a pretty big deal that she’s since confirmed her exit ahead of the second season.
Explaining the decision to The Hollywood Reporter, she said that she “always intended just to do these six [episodes].”
“We were treating it like a movie, and we were running it like a movie,” Herron explained. “We weren’t doing it in the showrunner system. So it was a lot to direct these six episodes, and I gave it all of my energy and everything I had in my soul and in my heart. I threw everything I loved about Marvel at it.”
“I just feel like my part is done,” she added, “but I’m really excited to see where it’s going to go next.”
And, of course. Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors will most certainly return as He Who Remains – and not just one of him either. Expect to see an infinite number of Jonathan’s return as the Big Bad(s) in season two.
Loki season 2 plot: What will the second season be about?
As expected, season one ended with a cataclysmic event that sets up the multiverse’s return, which in turn directly sets up the chaos of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, along with Wanda’s role in the film too. Don’t forget that the Scarlet Witch is a Nexus Being, which means that she could definitely be a big help in the upcoming multiversal war.
That movie is currently scheduled for a March 25, 2022 release, so we expect that whatever happens in the Doctor Strange sequel will also impact Loki’s second season in some way. Meanwhile, Loki has to contend with Sylvie’s betrayal and the ramifications of what she did.
With Kang (He Who Remains) gone, an infinite number of his variants will rise up and take control of the multiverse. We’ve already seen that happen in “our” TVA with the arrival of Kang’s statue.
Then there’s also Mobius to deal with too. Given that he no longer remembers who Loki is, it looks like “our” Loki has been erased from this universe, or replaced by a different version. What will our Loki do now that he’s all alone again? Things aren’t looking too good for the God of Mischief, especially now that he’s turned over a new leaf.
And don’t think for a second that this is the last we’ll see of Sylvie either. The last time we saw her, the Goddess of Mischief was dealing with the ramifications of her choice in Kang’s Citadel. But now that she has a Tempad, expect Sylvie to pop up again very soon. But will she be a friend or a foe? Or even a lover? That kiss sure carried a lot of emotional heft right before that betrayal.
Maybe, just maybe, we’ll see “our” Loki enjoy a romantic connection with another man following episode three’s groundbreaking reveal. Bisexual people don’t need to demonstrate same-sex attractions in order to be validated, but Marvel has notoriously shied away from anything like this in the past, so Loki season two could be a good way to address the character’s queerness in a physical way.
When Collider asked director Kate Herron about this possibility, she said: “Basically I don’t know plans for the future with Loki – I’m so focused on this story. But I would say that part of my thinking was, well, if it’s canon and it’s acknowledged, then yeah I hope there’s obviously more road to travel with that aspect of his personality. And I hope it has opened the door to more stories, definitely.”
Loki season 2 trailer: When can we see a promo?
It’s going to be a while before Loki returns with season two, probably a year at least, so while you’re waiting, grab a cuppa and enjoy this video of Tom Hiddleston being Tom Hiddleston.
Loki is streaming exclusively on Disney+.
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