Loki Director Kate Herron Not Returning for Season 2, Offers Comments

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Is there will be Loki Season 2?

Thankfully, yes. Disney+ has officially renewed Loki for a second season. The streaming service revealed the exciting news during the finale's end credits, when a case file was marked with a stamp saying, "Loki will return in season 2." ELLE.com'Loki' Season 2 Release Date, News, Cast, Spoilers, Trailer

What day is Loki released?

In Marvel Studios' “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer. Debuts on Disney+ in June 9, 2021. marvel.comLoki (TV Show, 2021) | Cast, Characters, Release Date

Is Loki Season 1 finished?

The news comes a day after Disney+ raked in 71 Emmy nominations. The season 1 finale, which dropped Wednesday, left fans of Tom Hiddleston's Asgardian trickster wanting more and didn't make them wait long before confirming mid-credits there is more fun on the horizon. ... ABC News'Loki' season 1 ends with confirmation of season 2

While viewers have already learned that Disney+ and Marvel Studios' Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki will be returning for a second season, there's one very important name who won't be returning for a second run. Series director and executive producer Kate Herron confirmed to Deadline Hollywood that she would not be back for Season 2. "I'm not returning. I always planned to be just on for this and, to be honest, Season 2 wasn't in the — that's something that just came out and I'm so excited. I'm really happy to watch it as a fan next season, but I just think I'm proud of what we did here and I've given it my all. I'm working on some other stuff yet to be announced." And it doesn't look like that "other stuff" involves the MCU. "No, I'm just focused on my own stuff at the moment. I love Marvel and I'd love to work with them again, but my outing with 'Loki' is what I've done with them." Interesting in that it sounds like Herron wasn't aware that a second season was a possibility, though a lot could happen between now and a second season. But for now, the search for a new helmer will need to get underway.

For a look back at some of The God of Mischief's more memorable moments (though there might be some he would prefer to forget) as well as a brief timeline to just how screwed up things have gotten, check out the clip below:

Now here's a look back at how it all began with the official trailer for the Disney+ and Marvel Studios series:

Premiering on June 9, Kate Herron (Sex Education) directed and executive produced, and Michael Waldron (Heels, Rick and Morty) served as head writer and executive producer on Loki, which finds Hiddleston's God of Mischief on the run and on a mission during his unexpected, time-traveling walkabout. Joining Hiddleston is Owen Wilson as TVA Agent Mobius M. Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Tara Strong as the voice of Miss Minutes, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, Richard E. Grant, Sasha Lane, Erika Coleman, and Eugene Cordero.

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Kang Has Arrived In The MCU: Here's How He Can Impact Everything Going Forward

BuzzFeed 16 July, 2021 - 11:09am

Jonathan Majors made his debut as Kang, or at least a variant of him, in the season finale of Loki. You see everyone going crazy about the appearance, but what does it really mean?

Kang is not the next Thanos. Y’all gotta understand, Kang ALLOWED Thanos to do what he did. “I paved the road you simply just walked across it”. Y’all are NOT ready #KangDynasty

Let's start with the basics though. Buckle in.

In the comics, Nathaniel Richards (the father of Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic) was a time- and multiverse-traveling genius who lived in the Earth-616 universe. Earth-616 is the Marvel comics' "main" universe. He traveled into the future of Earth-6311, and brought everlasting peace to the planet. From then forward, he was known as the Benefactor.

@drab_krab @jasonsproblems Where’s my dude, Pharaoh Rama-Tut?

There isn't a clear answer for whether Kang came from the Benefactor's bloodline, via Reed Richards, or Doctor Doom's lineage; however, a young man named in honor of the Benefactor was born centuries later on Earth-6311.

This young man, Nathaniel Richards, lived in a time of peace and became obsessed with Earth-616. After discovering time-traveling machinery, he is able to go back in time. It is here that he first meets the Fantastic Four.

At this point in time, Nathaniel Richards traveled back to ancient Egypt and became Pharaoh Rama-Tut. He was defeated by a time-displaced Fantastic Four and got caught in a time storm that stranded him in present-day Earth-616.

He's also related to Doom, allegedly, although nobody is really sure how. I'm not saying DoomReed comics plot baby but I'm not NOT saying DoomReed baby. If comics wanted to make that decision we would all be powerless to stop them.

The Scarlet Centurion didn't last long. He was defeated by the Avengers and fled back to his universes' future. However, Richards overshoots his jump and lands in the future of his future, which is war-torn. Using his knowledge of different timelines, he creates technology to conquer the planet among the madness. It is here that Kang the Conquerer is born. He conquers endlessly until he grows tired of his time. Kang wants to return to the time of the Avengers, where he can boast dominion over the age of heroes.

Now give us the Young Avengers and Iron Lad #LokiWednesdays

The Kang I just gave a history lesson on is Prime Kang. However, many of his variants exist across the comics. Immortus and Iron Lad are the most popular. 

Iron Lad is a young Kang. Kang travels back in time to stop a bullying incident in his own past. However, his child self is so horrified by his future self that he escapes, heads back to the time of heroes, and converts to a hero himself. He becomes the "Iron Man" of sorts of the Young Avengers. As Iron Lad, the young Kang tries to prevent his bloody future. 

Immortus is a future version of Kang that is less evil, and a little more neutral, yet still as dangerous. He has helped the Avengers battle his past self (Kang the Conquerer), but is also a master manipulator. Immortus spends a lot of time being a thorn in all his other variants' sides because he tries to guide their pasts and manipulate time. He also works for the Time Keepers in a sense, something that angers his past self (Kang the Conquerer). This leads to a battle between Kang and Immortus that eventually splits their existence into two separate variant entities, instead of being a past and future version of the same person. 

...and that is the SHORT (and incomplete) version of Kang's history in the comics. 

Well, it's obvious that the MCU will switch and place things as it pleases. Much like how they made Iron Man create Ultron instead of Ant-Man, we're sure this villain's past will be toyed with.

However, Jonathan Majors' debut (and "death") in Loki will have major ramifications moving forward. Fans suspect that the Kang who Sylvie kills in Loki is Immortus, because of the medallion he is wearing. That would make sense — however, the MCU has already kind of given him a name...He Who Remains.

He who remains in the comics vs this guy

So the MCU is already playing with Kang lore. Either they are making Immortus and He Remains the same person in the series, or who we saw was another variant altogether. But that is neither here nor there. What we do know is that Kang the Conquerer is in power by the time Loki gets back to the TVA. And Sylvie has restored the multiverse.

Kevin Feige held a team meeting to discuss the rules of the multiverse "The multiverse is coming up in a big way" (via @DisneyD23)

It means that anything is possible. The existence of the multiverse also allows the MCU to bring back anybody. Thanos, Iron-Man...anybody. I'm almost positive we'll see another Thanos in the far future — maybe a Secret Wars storyline with all the MCU baddies of all time vs. all the heroes? And Kang could appear literally anywhere heading forward (or everywhere, technically).

It also means that we are one step closer to the Fantastic Four film. Since Kang is of either Reed Richards' or Doom's lineage, you can bet he will appear (in some form) in the Fantasic Four MCU debut. Does that also mean we may get a Black Doom or Mr. Fantastic? Time will only tell.

Majors is set to appear as Kang the Conquerer in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which makes me feel like the film will be more like Civil War, in the sense that many Avengers will be involved. But I also think we'll see Kang before then. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home will both deal with the fallout of Sylvie's kill and restoration of the multiverse. It would be no surprise to see Kang pop up in either film, potentially as an after-credits thriller.

Dr strange after Loki series EP 6 Marvel movie are going insane Kang the conqueror #loki

The difference between Marvel's last big bad and Kang is that Thanos kind of chilled in the back for a reaalllyy long time. He appeared in Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy for tiny scenes, but most of Thanos's screentime exists in Infinity War and Endgame. It took years to build up to one big event.

Stephen McFeely, who co-wrote all three Captain America films, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, once said that Phase 4 (and the future of the MCU) would head in several different directions.

"It’s almost inevitable, when you keep making these things and they’re all connected, it cannot be on one straight line or you’re gonna get incredibly repetitive after a while. So it has to spread," said McFeely.

Unlike the three preceding passes that all built up to one massive event, fans should expect several storylines to lead to separate, but interconnected massive events. Comic heads, think Secret Invasion meets The Once and Future Kang. And we've obviously opened the door to Secret Wars as well, maybe for Avengers 5 or 6

The world of possibilities is as endless as Kang's variants. 

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