Loki season 2: Release date speculation, cast, and latest news
Disney Plus has another smash-hit on its hands – and more episodes are on the way. **WARNING: Contains spoilers for Loki season 1**
The god of mischief is on his way back! Loki season 2 is set for release this year, and fans couldn't be more ready.
We've already had glimpses of season 2 and it's clear that cast members including Hiddleston and Di Martino will be returning, alongside Owen Wilson as Mobius.
But there's more - new footage has also revealed a new shot of the Time-Keepers.
A clip of the show, released by Disney Plus, shows Loki stabbing at a wall emblazoned with a mural of the three Time-Keepers. To the side, the head of one of the puppets looks to be decapitated (a big throwback to season 1).
Season 1 saw the revelation that the Time-Keepers are androids, with all three of them being deactivated - so how they could return remains to be seen.
Another clip from the same video shows Loki fighting with magic, giving fans a sneak peek of what he's set to face in the second instalment of the show.
Hiddleston has kept tight-lipped on the events of season 2, but previously told Entertainment Weekly: "At the end of [season 1], Sylvie kind of completes her mission, in a way.
"She’s been trying to get some kind of revenge on the TVA for the whole series, and that sort of ends in this super-complicated fight with Loki and killing He Who Remains, so I’m really excited to see where she goes next and how she feels about that."
Loki season 2 release date speculation
Loki season 2 will be released on Disney Plus in summer 2023.
The planned release of the second season was revealed by Marvel Studios at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
A return for Loki was confirmed by Marvel in the Loki post-credits scene included in the season finale, but the reveal will not have been a total surprise to those who have been keeping up with headlines.
The second season began filming in June 2022 in the United Kingdom with photos showing a 1970s theme to the sets.
The first season of Loki shot for approximately six months (not including a pandemic-related hiatus), before going into post-production for an additional half-year.
In April 2021, executive producer Nate Moore told IndieWire that Loki is a project envisioned for "multiple" seasons, suggesting it might continue even further than the second instalment.
"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," he said. "Tom Hiddleston, I think, is doing some of his best work on that show.
"It really is kind of amazing. I think of all the great stuff he’s done, but this show is going to show such different sides and really the true scope of his range. I think that show is going to surprise a lot of people."
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Loki season 2 cast
A number of Loki cast members will be returning for season 2, including Tom Hiddleston back in the title role. The following have been confirmed.
- Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson
- Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie Laufeydottir
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer
- Eugene Cordero as Casey/Hunter K-5E
- Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius
- Ke Huy Quan as TBC
Of course, he isn't the only Loki in town anymore, so we could very well see more from his mischievous Loki variants, of which Sophia Di Martino's Sylvie has been the most prominent.
We could very well learn more about DeObia Oparei's Boastful Loki as well as Jack Veal's Kid Loki, but it looks unlikely that Richard E Grant's Classic Loki will be able to come back from his encounter with Alioth – then again, the Lokis do pride themselves on finding sneaky ways to stay alive.
Fans will be keen to see what happens next for the TVA's top agents, now revealed to be brainwashed variants, after Owen Wilson's Agent Mobius and Wunmi Mosaku's Hunter B-15 appeared to have forgotten Loki in the final scene.
If the comic books are any indication, we'll definitely see more of Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer given that she's one of Kang the Conqueror's closest allies – with the ruthless TVA judge going on a search for free will in the series finale.
However, it's possible she could instead follow Loki episode 6's breakout star Jonathan Majors to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, rather than stick around for Loki season two.
Fans were thrilled to see the actor show up in the season finale – thank goodness we didn't have another Mephisto situation on our hands – with an electric performance that takes cues from some truly iconic sources.
"Some cultural pop references were, of course, The Wizard of Oz, Sunset Boulevard, Citizen Kane, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” Majors told Empire Magazine. "The archetype of the wizard and what happens to him when he gets bored, you know? And he becomes a trickster.
"I think when we meet He Who Remains, he’s on the borderline of those two things. You don’t really know where he’s at. And I think the ambiguity of that is one of the wicked things about it."
Director Kate Herron said she felt a "big responsibility" to get the casting of Kang right given how significant the character will be to the future of the MCU, revealing the decision to hire Majors was made in collaboration with Ant-Man's Peyton Reed as well as Marvel Studios executives Kevin Feige, Lou D’Esposito and Victoria Alonso.
She told The Hollywood Reporter: "Jonathan Majors is an actor that we were all just blown away by; I think everyone who knows his work is blown away by him. He’s an amazing actor, and the thing that I love about him is that he’s this chameleon.
"He’s so different in everything he does, and that’s exciting, obviously, when you’re asking an actor to play a character who’s going to have a lot of different versions of himself. So for us, that was a thrill."
Utopia star Sasha Lane seems to have made an early exit from the MCU as Hunter C-20, who was killed by Renslayer after realising the truth about the TVA – although there could be variants of her out in the universe too.
But one of the biggest departures from Loki has happened behind the camera, as director Kate Herron has confirmed in a surprise move that she won't be returning for the second season.
The filmmaker detailed her decision in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter: "I would say that when I joined Loki, it was always going to be those six episodes. We were treating it like a movie, and we were running it like a movie.
"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. So I always intended just to do these six.
Loki season 2 theories: What could happen next?
Loki episode six gave fans what they had long been hoping for, delivering the formal introduction of Jonathan Majors as comic book villain Kang the Conqueror – kind of.
It appears that the eccentric figure we meet in the series finale is not the ruthless maniacal villain from the comic books but rather a somewhat more reasonable variant under the alias He Who Remains.
In the source material, He Who Remains and Kang are separate entities, but it appears the characters have been merged for the MCU adaptation as a way to streamline the story.
While his authoritarian grasp over reality as puppet-master of the TVA can certainly be considered evil, there is a virtuous side to this version of Kang as he strives to prevent the outbreak of a cataclysmic multiversal war.
After Sylvie kills him in the closing moments, he utters "see you soon" as the Sacred Timeline branches into countless alternate realities, one of which is sure to contain an even more dangerous version of himself.
It's unclear whether Loki season 2 will feature Kang in a more prominent role given that the character is already confirmed to be appearing in the next Ant-Man film, due for release in early 2023.
But even if the Kang subplot is diverted to the big screen, there will still be plenty for Tom Hiddleston's epic sci-fi drama to unravel as it deals with the ramifications of a tweaked timeline in which neither Agent Mobius nor Hunter B-15 can remember who Loki is.
From the jaw-dropping final scene, it seems that Loki may have ended up in a parallel universe where his exploits with the TVA never happened, but it's unclear if Sylvie intended to send him there or if it's a sign the cosmos is already out of control.
The addition of a giant Kang statue in the TVA headquarters, taking up the space once held by a shrine to the fictional Time-Keepers, suggests that perhaps an egotistical variant of the time-traveller is behind this meddling.
Things have been left similarly ambiguous for Judge Ravonna Renslayer, who exited the TVA headquarters through a TemPad portal on a quest to find free will.
In the comics, she becomes a love interest and right-hand woman to Kang the Conqueror, so it's possible we could see the two villains first cross paths in Loki's second season.
Season 1 showrunner Kate Herron isn't returning for the next chapter, but she too has a lot of questions about where the story will go next, discussing the show's renewal in an interview with Collider.
"I would say the decision for that came from Marvel and Disney, and I thought it was just the highest compliment to everyone's work on the show," she said. "They were just excited by the stories and by the amazing work that the writers and the actors were doing.
"And I thought that was so cool because there's so many unanswered questions. It's like, where did Renslayer ago? What are B-15's memories? Who is she? And also beyond that, where the hell is Loki?
Herron added: "Yeah, I think there's definitely more road to travel. And as everyone knows, in the comics, even with six hours, we scratched the surface of who Loki is, so I think there's so much more to be explored.
Is there a Loki season 2 trailer?
The new Disney Plus clip is available to watch below:
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