Loki season 2 will be on Disney Plus this year, which means we don't have long to wait at all until the God of Mischief returns to our screens. So far, the only footage from the new season has been included in a trailer for Disney's upcoming shows and movies, which means the series is almost a complete mystery.
But, there's still some information to sift through that gives us an idea where Loki season 2 is headed. We've got casting updates and theories, along with quotes from the cast and crew about what to expect. Plus, there's the small matter of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which gives us our biggest hints yet at what season 2 of the Disney Plus show could cover. It goes without saying, but be warned there are major Quantumania spoilers ahead! Turn back now if you haven't seen the latest Marvel movie!
Loki season 2 release date: Kevin Feige confirmed a release window
Loki season 2 has been given a reduced release window on Disney Plus by Marvel boss Feige. As part of Marvel's slew of Comic-Con announcements, the MCU head shared that Loki will be out in summer 2023. We didn't get a more specific date, but it seems we won't be waiting too long to see the God of Mischief again.
Loki season 2 trailer
While Marvel hasn't released a trailer for Loki season 2 yet, we did get our first glimpse at new footage in the Disney Plus 2023 trailer. Among some shots of Loki looking concerned and Sylvie looking fed up, there was also a glimpse at the God of Mischief and Mobius clad in suits. "A little over the top, don't you think?", asks Mobius in the quick clip.
Disney also debuted some footage at the D23 Expo 2022 in September as well. Total Film was on the ground in LA to give us a rundown – the clip hasn't made its way online yet – and detailed how the teaser had a creepy vibe to it.
In it, Loki clues Mobius in on what went down with He Who Remains (Jonathan Major) in the season 1 finale, revealing the villain's face behind a wall in the TVA. He then says he saw terrible, awful things when the timeline broke apart after Sylvie attempted to kill the baddie at the end of season 1. Eerie, huh?
Loki season 2 cast and crew
Tom Hiddleston, Jonathan Majors (as Kang), Owen Wilson (as Mobius), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (as Ravonna Renslayer), Wunmi Mosaku (as Hunter B-15), Eugene Cordero (as Casey AKA Hunter K-5E) and Sophia DiMartino will all be returning in Loki season 2. The latter's comeback as Sylvie was confirmed fairly recently after she was spotted on set with Hiddleston. In some leaked pictures, she could be seen outside a McDonald's, sipping from a straw and disposable cup. Some fans have spotted that her outfit bears a striking resemblance to the McDonald's employee uniforms in the '70s.
At D23 Expo 2022, which saw Disney tease a whole bunch of its upcoming projects, it was announced that Rafael Casal and Everything Everywhere All at Once star Ke Huy Quan had joined the cast.
Showrunner Kate Herron previously revealed her departure from the show, stating that she never planned to do a second season. "I'm really happy to watch it as a fan next season," Herron told Deadline (opens in new tab). "I just think I'm proud of what we did here and I've given it my all."
Instead, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have signed on as directors. According to Deadline (opens in new tab), they will "co-direct a majority of the episodes for season two." The duo most recently directed two episodes of the Marvel series, Moon Knight, which stars Oscar Isaac as a superhero who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder.
The first season's writers Michael Waldron and Eric Martin are geared up to return, though Martin is taking over head writing duties from Waldron.
According to Inverse (opens in new tab), an MCU leaker known as Cinestealth has claimed that Henry Cavill is in talks to play Marcus Milton/Hyperion – though we might have to take this one with a grain of salt.
Loki season 2 plot
The Loki season 2 plot is being kept under wraps, though it was pointed out at D23 that the second chapter will connect to the Multiverse Saga in a big way. Hiddleston (via Marvel (opens in new tab)) previously stated that he was "excited about the possibilities" and that the team was in "deep, deep, deep discussions" following the announcement of season 2 – but the actor has kept a tight lip since.
Mbatha-Raw told Popculture.com (opens in new tab) that she's excited for her character to go to "some deeper, darker places." Ravonna Renslayer was initially introduced as an anti-hero of sorts and potential love interest of Mobius, but was ultimately revealed as a villain who values her loyalty to the TVA above anything else. The season finale saw Ravonna go off on her own in search of free will. "She wants to [find] who pulled the wool over her eyes. That's what she's going to go out in search of," head writer Michael Waldron commented. (opens in new tab) "She is a scary customer to be out there in the Multiverse. So we'll see what happens."
The finale also saw Sylvie, Loki variant and love interest, send Loki into another dimension so she can finally kill He Who Remains. The slaying doesn't fulfill her like she thought it would, and she is left all alone at the Citadel at the End of Time. While Sophia Di Martino told RadioTimes (opens in new tab) that she's not sure whether or not her character will return, she did comment that Sylvie's final scene is "an interesting place to start another chapter" (via Marvel (opens in new tab)). Although, we now know she's coming back.
That brings us to the Kang of it all. He Who Remains is a Kang Variant, and, in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we're finally introduced to Kang the Conqueror properly. Here's where the spoilers kick in, but Kang had grand plans to traverse the multiverse, destroying entire timelines as he went, to prevent his other variants from meddling with time and causing catastrophic incursions. Luckily, the ant-family were able to put a stop to his plans, and he was seemingly killed.
But, in the Quantumania post-credits, we're introduced to the Council of Cross-Time Kangs – basically, lots and lots of Kang Variants. The leaders want to stop Marvel's heroes from getting too close to the multiverse. That could mean multiple Kang variants in Loki season 2, which is hinted at further in the second stinger. In that scene, Loki and Mobius watch a presentation being given by yet another variant, this one called Victor Timely. Loki is clearly terrified and says this is the same man he met at the Citadel, though Mobius doesn't seem to fully understand the scale of the threat. It looks like Mobius and Loki are tracking Kang variants through time, then.
When Total Film quizzed Hiddleston about Loki season 2, he said: "What can I say? It's very much continuing to excite and challenge me. At the end of season 1, the story isn't over. I think that’s really clear. Loki's almost more unstable, and as turbulent and passionate and chaotic as he's ever been. And maybe some of that needs resolution. There's stuff to unpack."
Waldron has also hinted at what's to come. "In creating the show in the first place, the only way it's worth doing to me is that we can find a new story to tell with this character," he told Deadline's Hero Nation podcast (opens in new tab). "It felt like we had new emotional ground to cover with Loki. That's the only way into season 2. We absolutely found that. It's a great continuation of that story that feels different from season one and hopefully will subvert expectations."
Loki season 2 theories
Because the first season ended in utter chaos, Loki season 2 theories are aplenty. Sylvie set off a multiverse war, Loki is stranded in another dimension, and an even more dangerous variant of He Who Remains has come to power.
In the new timeline that Loki finds himself trapped in, a statue of Kang the Conqueror is present. This implies that Kang, a variant of He Who Remains, has taken over as leader of the TVA and potentially all other timelines – though Quantumania muddles things a bit. Kang is seemingly dead, so it's possible he either survived his tangle with the ant-family, or the variant ruling the TVA is a different Kang altogether.
Nerdist (opens in new tab) theorizes that, while Mobius and Hunter B-15 don’t remember Loki in this timeline, Sylvie might. This is possible considering that it was Sylvie who killed He Who Remains and sent Loki to this new reality.
A theory from EliteDaily (opens in new tab) speculates that Ravonna might become the new love interest of Kang, seeing as her character plays his lover in the comics.
FandomWire (opens in new tab) points out that a TVA uprising could be on the horizon. Now that all the foot soldiers of the TVA have had their minds erased due to the slaying of He Who Remains, Loki is the only one who can make them remember what happened. Once they recall the horror of being kidnapped from their own timelines and subsequently brainwashed, the TVA could unite to bring down Kang.
Perhaps the most interesting theory comes due to the releases of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: now that the multiverse is open, could Loki team up with Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange? It isn't out of the realm of possibility for other characters in the MCU to show up in an alternate timeline.
Pictures from the Loki season 2 set also sparked some theories. After being name-checked in Ms. Marvel, Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani) was spotted on a movie poster. As we know, he's a Bollywood star/part-time Eternal in the MCU. As well as this, another poster advertises a film called 'Zaniac.' Zaniac is an obscure Thor villain who has the abillity to possess people to commit gruesome murders. Could he be making an entrance in season 2? It seems like we'll just have to wait and see what Marvel has up its sleeves.
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