Spoilers for Loki season 1 follow.
Loki season 2 is officially happening. Marvel Studios revealed that a second instalment in the trickster god's journey is coming in the future, but you might be wondering when that'll be.
It may be sooner than you think, or it could be a long way off. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently provided an update on season 2's development, but you'll have to read on for more details on what he actually said.
That aside, what else do we know about the second season of Loki? The season 1 finale left plenty of story threads to pick up, such as how it'll affect other parts of the MCU (and the recently introduced multiverse). The show's cast and crew have also provided us with some details on next season that make for interesting reading, but details are vague beyond that point.
Still, we've here to bring you everything worth knowing about Loki season 2 including its possible launch date, confirmed cast members, impact on the MCU and more. Spoilers for Loki season 1 and some upcoming Marvel movies follow, so proceed at your own risk.
Release date: Far away. Kevin Feige has stated that principal photography may not begin until 2023, so it could be a long wait for season 2's arrival.
Cast: This hasn't been announced yet, but we'd at least expect to see Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15), and Owen Wilson (Mobius) again next season – with many more likely joining them.
Plot: Loki has found himself back in the TVA, but nobody knows who he is, and it appears that a statue of Kang the Conqueror is in the lobby. Is he in a different timeline now? What were the consequences of Sylvie's actions in the finale? This is what we expect to form the basis of Loki season 2, at least at the start.
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Loki season 2 release date
Loki season 2 release date: what we know
There isn't an official release date for season 2 yet and, judging on what you read, it may be a while off yet.
According to a Production Weekly November 2020 listing, filming may commence on Loki season 2 in January 2022. Principal photography is also believed to be taking place under the show's working title 'Architect'.
Of course, these details may have changed since that initial listing. Judging by comments that Kevin Feige made during a Collider interview, we might not see the cameras roll on season 2 until 2023.
Confirming that development on Loki's second season was "underway" and that a director search would "begin shortly" – previous incumbent Kate Herron won't be returning – Feige also hinted at when filming may begin.
"[I'm] not being evasive," Feige said. "I'm not sure exactly where it falls between next year and the year after.”
Given that its second season is sure to continue exploring the multiversal plot threads that its predecessor set up (more on this later), we had expected season 2 to begin shooting sooner rather than later. Based on Feige's quotes, though, that might not be the case after all.
While Herron won't be back in the hotseat, Loki head writer Michael Waldron will return to pen season 2. So there'll be some form of continuity between both seasons if nothing else.
Loki season 2 cast
Loki season 2 cast: who is returning?
There's been no confirmation on which actors will return, but we can speculate who may reprise their roles based on season 1's ending:
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki
- Owen Wilson as Agent Mobius
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer
- Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15
- Eugene Cordero as Casey
- Tara Strong as Miss Minutes
Hiddleston, Wilson and Mosaku should all return as Loki, Mobius and Hunter B-15, respectively.
This prediction is based on how season 1 ended, with Loki running into alternate reality versions of Mobius and Hunter B-15 at a different Time Variance Authority (TVA). This is the most logical assumption we can make, based on the duo not recognizing Loki.
It's plausible that season 2 will see a reversal of roles between Loki and the other two, too.
At the end of episode 6, Loki knows more about He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) and his other variants (including Kang the Conqueror) than Mobius and Hunter B-15. So he seems better placed to take on the role of 'teacher' in season 2 and bring Mobius and Hunter B-15 up to date on what's happening.
Mbatha-Raw's Renslayer may also return. In the season 1 finale, we saw Mobius' former ally leave the TVA to search for whoever is responsible for the lies she's been fed. We know that this individual is Majors' He Who Remains, but Renslayer – unwilling to listen to Mobius before she left – wants to find out for herself.
A Renslayer variant could be the leader of the alternate reality's TVA, too, much like she does in the TVA that we saw in season 1. This would be the easiest way for Mbatha-Raw to return but, if this isn't something Marvel decides to do, Loki and company might meet her again somewhere in the multiverse.
Cordero's Casey may feature in some way. A bit-part (but fan favorite) character in season 1, Herron has revealed that Casey is "fine" by season 1's finale and that she hopes "there will be more Casey to be enjoyed" in season 2 (per THR).
In a separate interview with Variety, Herron also teased that Casey is employed in a different role in this alternate version of the TVA, and eagle-eyed fans may have already noticed – in season 1's final episode – what role he's likely to have next time around.
One character whose future is up in the air is Sophia Di Martino's Sylvie, with Herron hinting that Sylvie's journey could be over, even if it ended on something of a downer.
"In my head, it was always a horrible goodbye," Herron told THR of Sylvie and Loki's parting of the ways.
It's been a long journey! All episodes of Marvel Studios' #Loki are now streaming on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/EbkkJeDWz7July 18, 2021
Herron's comments may just allude to the fact that Loki and Sylvie are on separate paths now, but they could also be interpreted as Di Martino not reprising her role.
However, that doesn't mean Di Martino won't return. In the same THR interview, Herron states that "on her (Sylvie) journey of self-healing, she’s not where he (Loki) is."
This means that Sylvie still has some way to go to finding inner peace, which may suggest her story in the MCM isn't over – something Di Martino also alluded to.
“What she does with [that sadness] is yet to be seen," Di Martino teased to Marvel.com. "It’s an interesting place to start another chapter.”
Furthermore, Di Martino said "never say never" to the prospect of reprising her role in Loki season 2. Speaking to Collider, the actress thinks that Loki and Sylvie will see each other again, but kept schtum on when that might be.
Adding to this particular piece of speculation, Waldron told Polygon that there wasn't enough time in Loki season 1 to explore Sylvie's backstory in more detail. The show's lead writer didn't rule out that viewers may learn more in season 2 ("I guess we'll see"), as well as hinting that we could even be introduced to another MCU version of Thor.
Finally, we would expect Tara Strong to lend her voice to sentient AI program Miss Minutes in season 2. There's been no confirmation (or hints) towards her inclusion next season but, if the TVA is a prominent location in Loki season 2, Miss Minutes should be a part of it.
Loki season 2 plot
Loki season 2 plot: what will the story be about?
Unsurprisingly, plot details are extremely scarce. However, Hiddleston told Marvel.com that there have been "deep, deep discussions" about what season 2 will entail, and that he hopes it'll be "full of even more" surprises.
As we mentioned in the cast section above, one of season 2's early plot points should deal with the fallout of Loki turning up in a different TVA to the one he's used to.
Head writer Michael Waldron told Marvel.com that there were "different versions" regarding how season 1 would end, but this one felt like the logical step for the series' creative team to take.
Loki finds himself in a TVA that he recognizes, alongside people that he knows, but none of them are aware of who he is.
Season 2's opening episodes can go one of two ways, then, in our view.
The first would see Loki interrogated by Mobius about who he is, he'll reveal all to Mobius about the real identity of Kang (Jonathan Majors) and they'll join forces to stop him. That would let Mobius and Loki reprise their buddy cop relationship from season 1's early episodes – something that fans wanted to see more of before the show went in a different direction with Sylvie's introduction.
Alternatively, Loki could decide to take a leaf out of Sylvie's book. Knowing that He Who Remains' variants (Kang included) are a danger to the MCU, he could decide to destroy the TVA to get Kang's attention, try to take Kang down himself and become a hero.
That 'hero' idea is more plausible when you take comments from Waldron into account. In the same Polygon article we linked to earlier, Waldron said: "I think that you’re gonna see a Loki that looks at himself in a different way certainly that at the top of this [season 1]", which teases the prospect of the god of mischief continuing on his heroic path.
Kevin Feige, about the Season 2 of #Loki. We just want this! 👇 pic.twitter.com/2baAb0XiMKJuly 14, 2021
We might also find out more about the inner workings of the TVA. As Hiddleston explained to Marvel.com, the "moral complexity" of the TVA is a fascinating subject. It was only touched upon throughout season 1's six episodes, so we could get a better look at how it functions, its values and the moral compass of its work force.
As for He Who Remains, will he reappear? Seeing as he was killed by Sylvie in season 1's finale, no – but we may see one of his variants. It remains to be seen if that variant will be Kang or not. The season 1 finale ended with Loki looking at a statue of what appeared to be Kang in the TVA, so it's possible that Majors could feature in some capacity.
If he does, and if Loki season 2 begins filming early next year, it could precede Kang's next appearance in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. We dive into what Loki season 1's finale means for other Marvel projects in more detail below, but Majors was staying silent when asked when his character would turn up next in an Entertainment Weekly interview.
"You take it a day at a time. That's all I would say about that," he said. "You take it a day at a time and clean your plate and see what tomorrow brings. See what the next story is, and then take it from there."
Speaking of Kang, Renslayer has a close relationship with the time-traveling evil genius in Marvel's comics, so we're sure to see more of Mbatha-Raw in season 2. If she does appear, Mbatha-Raw hinted at where Renslayer's head will be at.
“We just dipped our toe into [this] at the end of the show, but you realize that the Multiverse just is so epic," she told Marvel.com. "The possibilities are endless. There's so much potential for what's on the other side of that Time Door. And ultimately, she wants revenge with whoever put this whole facade together.”
Herron also expressed her interest in seeing the show's supporting cast, such as Hunter B-15, have their backstories fleshed out.
In the same Variety interview regarding Casey's new TVA role, Herron said: “I was like, we shouldn’t see her memories [as part of episode 4]. It’s a character that thought they had power and realizes they have no power. It felt really powerful to at least give her some power in that scenario. The memories are private. They’re hers. Also, as a fan, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, who is she?!'”
As for whether we'll get multiple seasons of Loki, Waldron remained tight-lipped when Polygon inquired.
"Time will tell, but I do my hope is that season 1 stands on its own," he said. "We always wanted to tell a complete story there. And in whatever the next chapter may be will stand on its own as well."
Loki season 2 trailer
Loki season 2 trailer: is there one?
Not yet. Season 2 hasn't entered production, so a trailer won't arrive for some time. Once one is released, we'll update this section.
Loki season 2: how will it impact future Marvel movies and TV shows?
By now, Marvel fans will know how important Loki season 1 is for the MCU's future after it introduced the multiverse.
It's inevitable that Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be impacted. No Way Home's first trailer confirmed that Spider-Man villains, from previous live-action incarnations of the webslinger, will appear so there's a multiversal crossover here.
Meanwhile, Doctor Strange's next adventure will cover the multiverse extensively – it's in its title after all. Loki is rumored to make a cameo appearance (per THR), although Marvel is yet to confirm this.
What If...?, Marvel's animated anthology series, is also loosely connected to Loki's first season, based on the fact that it explores alternate versions of MCU characters and the dimensions they inhabit.
Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show (at the 8:27 mark in the video below), Hiddleston suggested that What If...?'s premise was built on the foundations laid by Loki season 1's ending:
Majors, meanwhile, will star in at least one other Marvel property. Kang the Conqueror, one of He Who Remains' variants, will be the villain in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which will launch in February 2023.
During a chat with Variety, Herron revealed that Majors' casting was simultaneously made alongside Peyton Reed, who directed the first two Ant-Man films and is returning to helm the third. It's currently unclear if Majors has been cast as Kang (or another variant) in other Marvel movies or TV shows.
Loki season 2 could have ties to Marvel's Fantastic Four MCU film, too.
Comic fans will know that Kang is linked to Doctor Doom, the Fantastic Four's most famous villain, so it's plausible that this superhero group could end up battling Doctor Doom and a Kang variant in their first solo MCU adventure. There's no release date for Fantastic Four as yet, so it will be a while before we can say we got this piece of conjecture right or not.
As for Marvel's TV show line-up (outside of What If...?), this is harder to predict.
Loki seasons 1 and 2 could tie into Hawkeye if Kate Bishop ends up being a variant of Jeremy Renner's Clint Barton. That's just us guessing, though, so take it with a pinch of salt.
We've also speculated on She-Hulk villain Titania being from another universe, so this could be another multiversal tie to the fallout of Loki season 1 if our prediction is correct. Secret Invasion may have multiversal elements, too, if Samuel L Jackson's Nick Fury has to deal with a secret influx of time variants of MCU characters.
Finally, Armor Wars, which will star Don Cheadle as War Machine/James Rhodes, might link to Kang if Marvel decides to bring Iron Lad (another Kang variant) into the equation.
We hope that one or two of our predictions will be right but, honestly, we're just happy that Loki season 2 is in the works. We can't wait for more Loki-centric adventures and we're sure they'll be worth the wait.
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