Loki season 2 to start filming ‘soon’ as major character confirms return

Vote for Loki variant and his followers in Loki episode 5
President Loki and his gang look into the camera in Loki season 1. (Image credit: Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)

Owen Wilson has confirmed his return as Mobius in Loki season 2.

The actor clarified his continued involvement in the Disney Plus series during a recent Wired Autocomplete interview, in which he also revealed that shooting on Loki season 2 would begin “pretty soon.”

The renewal of the Marvel Phase 4 show was confirmed during the final episode of its debut season (a stamp visible on Loki’s case file read: “Loki will return in season 2.”). Meanwhile, Tom Hiddleston’s return as the titular trickster has already been confirmed, while Guga Mbatha-Raw has confirmed that she'll reprise her role as Ravonna Renslayer.

We don’t have a release date yet but, judging by reports from outlets like Backstage Magazine and The Cosmic Circus – taken in conjunction with Wilson’s recent comments – a production schedule set to begin this summer (June-August) could see Loki return in early 2023

It probably won’t come as a surprise, though, to hear that Wilson is reprising his role as Mobius. The character was an integral part of Loki’s season 1 journey and, given the events of the series finale (which you can find explained in more detail here), we expect Mobius to play an equally crucial role in season 2.

Unsurprisngly, plot details surrounding Loki season 2 are extremely thin on the ground. Hiddleston told Marvel.com in June last year that there have been "deep, deep discussions" about new narrative threads to explore, and admitted to Variety in December that audiences “want [Loki] to get past his internal and external obstacles [...] and step into the hero that he can be” – but that’s about all we’ve got to go on as regards story right now.  

Analysis: multiverse manipulation

Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson as Loki and Mobius in Loki episode 1

Owen Wilson will return in Loki season 2. (Image credit: Marvel/Disney)

After almost every major film and TV show destined for release in 2020 fell victim to pandemic-induced production obstacles, 2021 turned out to be a truly phenomenal year for Marvel fans (in terms of new content to access, at least).

WandaVision arrived in January to kick off Disney’s ambitious slate of Marvel shows, being swiftly joined by debut seasons of Loki, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, What If...? and Hawkeye

On the big screen, the likes Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals and Spider-Man: No Way Home continued the studio’s Phase 4 ambitious, with the latter, in particular, expanding on the multiverse themes established by Loki to open some pretty big doors for upcoming Marvel projects. 

We already know that Doctor Strange 2 will again deal with the consequences of opening multiple dimensions. The clue is the movie’s full title, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, after all, and our recent trailer breakdown article explains why in more detail.

Based on how the show's first season played out, all signs point towards Loki season 2 continuing the trend when it finally returns to Disney Plus. As for which alternate realities the show will play with, the jury is out – but at least we now know that Owen Wilson will be returning for the ride.

Axel Metz
Phones Editor

Axel is TechRadar's UK-based Phones Editor, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest AI breakthroughs as part of the site's Mobile Computing vertical. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.  Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.