The events of the Loki season finale had massive repercussions for the rest of the MCU.
However, its been a while since the show centred around the trickster god aired, so you may be wondering if Loki is coming back for a second season on Disney+. Never fear, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know. You can also see our thoughts on the first two episodes in our Loki review.
Will there be a Loki season 2 and when is the release date?
Yes – Disney confirmed in the credits of episode six that Loki will return for a second season.
Backstage magazine has reported that filming will begin in Pinewood Studios this summer, whilst Owen Wilson stated that filming is happening “soon” in February. This probably means that the series is on track for a 2023 release date.
In early July, Tom Hiddleston was spotted filming for the series in London:
What is the plot for Loki season 2?
Spoilers for the first season of Loki below.
Of all the MCU Disney+ shows in 2021, Loki undoubtedly has the biggest impact on the franchise. This is because of the reveal of He Who Remains, played by the brilliant Jonathan Majors.
If you’re unfamiliar with the comics lore, He Who Remains is a variant of a villain called Kang the Conqueror. Kang has many versions of himself across time and usually is set on dominating them all.
The version that Loki and Sylvie met in the Citadel at the End of Time is most similar to Immortus, a relatively fair version of the character who just wants to return the timeline to an orderly form, hence his creation of the TVA and the lie about the existence of the Time Keepers.
By doing so, he’d stop the timeline from branching, and consequently prevent an all-out multiversal war from happening between the different Kangs. He knew everything that was going to happen before it had happened, right up until his conversation with the two Loki variants.
Sylvie decided that the mysterious man couldn’t be trusted, whilst Loki believed that he was telling the truth. The two fought, and it looked like Loki was about to convince her to his way of thinking – but then Sylvie distracted Loki with a kiss and sent him to another timeline and killed He Who Remains herself.
Kang the Conqueror has already been confirmed to be the main villain in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, but we believe that his role is even bigger than that. We could be looking at the next Thanos, a villain that will transcend through many films and shows in Marvel.
Head writer Michael Waldron explains more about Kang in an interview on the Marvel website: “Knowing that Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain, and because he is a time-traveling, multiversal adversary, it just always made so much sense.
“I came up with that big multiversal war mythology and pitched it out in the room one day to our producers. And they said, yeah, let’s go for it. We knew we were going to end up meeting the man behind the curtain.”
When Loki returned to the TVA, in a shocking twist it appeared that he’d been sent to a completely different timeline – one where his old pal Mobius didn’t even recognise him, and where a big statue of Kang stood right in the middle, right where the statue of the Time Keepers used to be.
Everything that He Who Remains warned about seems to have come to pass. The timeline has branched over sixty times according to Mobius, and in the version that Loki has come back to, Kang is a ruthless leader.
Because we now have multiple branches of time, this version of Kang could be different to the one that appears in Ant-Man. It’s likely that we’ll see many versions, creating a never-ending villain that can pop up in many scenarios. This new villain has blown the MCU wide open.
But what of other characters in the show? Judge Renslayer went off to find out who was responsible for creating chaos on the sacred timeline. Whether her search will take her to Kang remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Sylvie was left in the Citadel after killing He Who Remains. After betraying Loki, we imagine that a reunion between the two may not go down so well next season, despite their rather strong and unique bond.
The second season will likely see Loki trying to return to the timeline with the Mobius that he knows, and attempting to restore order from Kang. However, considering how this villain ties into other films – we’ll likely learn more about what season 2 of Loki will deal with as phase 4 of the MCU progresses.
As Kang is now the big bad, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Jonathan Majors make an appearance.
It’d also be great to see supporting characters return, like Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and other variants of Loki such as Richard E. Grant as Old Man Loki, Jack Veal as Kid Loki and Deobia Oparei as Boastful Loki.
We also expect Michael Waldron (head writer) to return, but we don’t yet have confirmation on this.
Sadly, showrunner Kate Herron will not be back. Herron gave an interview to Deadline stating that she’d only ever planned to work for one season and has other projects in the pipeline that she has to work on instead.
The majority of the episodes in season 2 will be co-directed Moon Knight crew Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. They’ve previously worked together on Somewhere in the Dirt, Spring, The Endless and Synchronic.
How to watch Loki
Loki is a Disney Plus exclusive, which means you can only watch it on there. At the time of writing, Disney+ costs £7.99/$7.99 per month for a rolling subscription and £79.90/$79.99 for an annual pass. You can sign up for Disney Plus here.