The God of Mischief is coming back. Season 2 will begin filming soon.
Marvel fans might still be trying to wrap their heads around Loki's dramatic ending, but it's now time to talk about what's next for the Disney+ series.
Loki concluded its first season on July 14 and left us with an overwhelming sense of anticipation for the future of The God of Mischief and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Loki and Sylvie managed to solve the mystery behind the Time Variance Authority (TVA), but the show did not end according to Loki's plans. A greater threat has been unleashed, and it's now up to Loki and the rest of the MCU superheroes to stop the emerging danger.
Let's find out what's next for the Disney+ series, including season 2 renewal, plot, cast, release date, and more.
In case you missed it, 'Loki' is officially returning for season 2. The God of Mischief's series is the first Disney Plus live-action MCU to get a follow-up season. The news was confirmed in the first season's post-credit scene via a stamp that hits Loki's file that read "LOKI WILL RETURN IN SEASON 2".
Before Marvel and Disney+ confirmed the news, there have been several leaks and rumors that 'Loki' season 2 will happen.
Production Weekly listed a production aiming to begin in January 2022 under the working title "Architect" or Loki 02. A more recent report from Backstage Magazine confirmed that Loki season 2 will start filming in summer 2022 at Pinewood.
Owen Wilson also told WIRED on February 12 that he will be back for season 2, and that they will begin filming soon.
"Is Owen Wilson coming back to Loki? Um... yes. He is coming back to Loki, and I think we're going to begin filming that pretty soon. I had a great time working on Loki. I really enjoyed Tom Hiddleston and all the people on that [show]."
Deadline also reported that 'Loki' creator Michael Waldron signed a deal that will bring him back "in some capacity for Season 2 of Loki."
The first season of 'Loki' ended in July 2021, and we don't have a release date for season 2 yet. If the production listing is right and Loki season 2 will indeed start filming in 2022, then we can expect 'Loki' to return by 2023.
On August 19, 2021, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told Collider that they will begin the search for a new director after director Kate Herron has confirmed that she will not be back to helm the second season.
"Kate is going on to bigger and better things, so the director search will begin shortly, and I’m not being evasive. We have a start date. I’m not sure exactly where it falls between next year or the year after," he stated.
After an epic battle with Loki, Sylvie manages to send Loki away and kill He Who Remains, causing the timeline to branch out like crazy. The final moment sees the God of Mischief rushing to Mobius and Hunter B-15 to tell them what happened. However, the two only looked at him with confused eyes. Loki soon realizes that he is in a different timeline, one that branched out after Sylvie killed He Who Remains. In this timeline, Mobius and Hunter B-15 have not met Loki yet. Based on the first season's ending, it seems that Loki will have to find a way to fix the chaos that Sylvie created while dealing with the heartbreak after she breaks up with him. Hiddleston recently confirmed that the plot will pick up from this scene.
"OK so look, we can't say anything unfortunately, but at the end of episode six, season one, Loki comes back to TVA," Hiddleston told the crowd during the MCM London Comic-Con in October 2021 (via the Daily Mail).
"He's quite traumatised, he's quite emotional and he tries to explain what happens to Mobius [Owen Wilson], and Mobius doesn't recognise him. And then he turns to look at the statue of the Timekeepers, but it's not a statue of the Timekeepers, it's a statue of someone else... And I guess we'll start from there."
We have seen a significant shift in Loki's character throughout the first season. He wanted to take over He Who Remains' responsibility because he fears the ultimate chaos that might ensue once the multiverse gets restored. However, Sylvie thinks that free will and vengeance are much more important. Nonetheless, Sylvie's decision opens doors for the next phase of MCU. It sets up the story for upcoming Marvel projects such as 'Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania', Spider-Man: No Way Home, 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' and the upcoming Disney+ series 'What If'
You can read more about Loki's season 1 ending and how it sets up the future of MCU here.
The main cast members are confirmed to return for season 2. They are:
Tom Hiddleston (Loki)
Sophia Di Martino (Sylvie)
Owen Wilson (Mobius)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Ravonna Renslayer)
Tara Strong (Miss Minutes)
Wunmi Mosaku (Hunter B-15)
With the appearance of Kang the Conqueror's statue in the episode finale, we are expecting to see Jonathan Majors reprise his role as a variant of He Who Remains, and hopefully Eugene Cordero (Casey) as well.
It's a shot in the dark for now. We will most likely have to wait for at least a year before seeing the 'Loki' season 2 trailer. In the meantime, we will leave you with season 1's trailer and a promise that we will update this article once more information is available, including the official trailer.