Will there be a Loki season 3? Latest news and speculation
Marvel fans just can't get enough of the God of Mischief.
Loki season 2 has come to an emotional end on Disney Plus, and naturally MCU fans are already clamouring to see Tom Hiddleston’s character back on our screens in future Marvel films and series.
However, following the season 2 ending, which sees Loki make a huge sacrifice and seemingly marks the end for his character, it’s unclear whether this will even be a possibility anymore.
There could well be more in store for the MCU character, if Hiddleston's recent comments are anything to go by.
After initially indicating that the season 2 finale is the end for Loki in the MCU, Hiddleston recently clarified in an interview with CinemaBlend what he actually meant, saying: "I feel very satisfied with the finale of season 2, because it seems to contain echoes and resonances of the entire journey."
He continued: "It's almost like a piece of music, where in that last episode, you hear strains of, you know, whether it's in lines of dialogue, we are circling the same themes that I've always circled with Loki. But he's a character who is engaged with ideas of belonging, ideas of identity, ideas of purpose.
"That's who he was at the very foot at the beginning in the first Thor film, wondering where he belonged, which family he belonged to, wondering what his role was in all of this. Thor was destined to be king of Asgard. And who am I? Who is Loki?
"And I've been asking that question the whole way. Like, who does Loki think he is? Who's he think he is, and who is he really? And then through the series, in season 1 and season 2, I think the confrontation with Mobius and the mirror of Sylvie is another excavation, we go deeper into those ideas."
It comes after Hiddleston previously told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show the finale is "the conclusion to season 2", before adding: "It’s also a conclusion to season 1 and season 2. It’s also a conclusion to six films, 12 episodes and 14 years of my life."
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Meanwhile, Sylvie actress Sophia Di Martino indicated there could be further instalments.
Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, she said of the season 2 finale: "I don’t know if it felt like the end to me, because, I mean, [Loki’s] gonna be pretty busy holding the whole universe together.
"So I don't know, I think for Sylvie it's an interesting one, because obviously he sacrificed so much for everyone to give everyone a chance, but I feel like she's not just going to sit there and twiddle her thumbs, she's sort of drawn to trouble and danger and the fight.
"So I think she'll end up somewhere else, I'm sure."
Read on for everything we know so far about the future of Marvel's Loki.
Will there be a Loki season 3?
Disney Plus is yet to announce whether Loki will return for season 3.
Loki season 2 was memorably announced in a post-credits sting at the end of the first finale, which was a show of confidence in what proved to be one of the biggest hits of summer 2021.
That the streamer opted not to do the same this time around is perhaps evidence of uncertainty at Marvel, with Variety recently claiming that executives are concerned by the franchise's fading fortunes.
However, producer Kevin Wright gave RadioTimes.com an alternate view.
"Season 1 ended with such a cliffhanger that [for] season 2, we didn’t want to do that again," he told us in October.
"These are two chapters of the same book, we wanted the end of that book to be really fulfilling - and now there’s other books on the shelf we can tell stories from.
"In all of our streaming going forward, the idea going forward is that all of these should be continuing series, but I would say with this series you have to watch and see!
"It’s teeing up a lot, and there’s a lot of other books we can pull from that shelf and tell stories from."
Wright went on to say that, while season 3 wasn't in the writers' minds during development, that isn't to say it isn't possible.
He added: "We certainly did not develop this season going, 'We have to tee up season 3,' in the way that we did with season 1, where there was a very specific, 'Hey, we’re coming back.'
"But I also think that where this show goes, there certainly can be many, many, many more stories told with Loki in the 'Loki' world, and in other worlds connected to Loki, the character."
This echoes comments previously made by the show's head writer Eric Martin, who has suggested the series was always planned as a story of two halves.
Martin told CinemaBlend: "We approached this as, like, two halves of a book. Season one, first half. Season two, we close the book on Loki and the TVA. Where it goes beyond that, I don't know.
"I just wanted to tell a full and complete story across those two seasons."
There is, of course, still enough leeway in Martin's answer to suggest a third season could be produced.
When could a potential Loki season 3 be released?
The second season of Loki took more than two years to get to our screens, so we could be in for another long wait if the show does get renewed again.
For that reason, if Loki does continue, we wouldn't expect season 3 until late 2025 at the earliest.
Who could be in a potential Loki season 3 cast?
If Loki were to come back for a third season, Tom Hiddleston would surely have to return to the title role that made him a household name.
Supporting cast members are less certain, but we wouldn't be surprised to see more from Sophia Di Martino's Sylvie, Owen Wilson's Agent Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Renslayer and Wunmi Mosaku's Hunter B-15.
Here's a reminder of the Loki cast:
- Tom Hiddleston plays Loki
- Jonathan Majors plays He Who Remains/Victor Timely/Kang
- Sophia Di Martino plays Sylvie
- Owen Wilson plays Agent Mobius
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Ravonna Renslayer
- Wunmi Mosaku plays Hunter B-15
- Tara Strong plays Miss Minutes
- Eugene Cordero plays Casey
- Rafael Casal plays Hunter X-5/Brad Wolfe
- Ke Huy Quan plays Ouroboros/OB
What could happen in Loki season 3?
A key focus in Loki season 2 was the title character's race to understand emerging foe Kang and his variants – such as Victor Timely – all of whom are played by Jonathan Majors, an actor currently at the centre of controversy.
There has been reported uncertainty over whether the storyline involving his time-hopping Marvel villain will continue as planned – but if it were scrapped, what would that mean for Loki season 3?
Loki has been at the forefront of establishing this new character for the MCU, so a sudden change in course could eliminate the need for a third season – or at the very least, drastically alter what it would involve.
Meanwhile, other entries in the franchise could also impact what any future Loki seasons could explore, with the much-anticipated Deadpool 3 speculated to toy with multiversal ideas – although this is unconfirmed for now.
As is often the case with Marvel, we'll just have to wait and see what they have planned.
Is there a trailer for Loki season 3?
Since season 3 is yet to be confirmed, there is no trailer just yet. If one is released, we'll make sure to update this page.
Until then, look back on the madness of season 2 with the most recent instalment's trailer.
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