Is there another season of Loki?
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
Is Loki Season 1 finished?
The news comes a day after Disney+ raked in 71 Emmy nominations. Hiddleston reprises his role as the God of Mischief in the series that he also executive produced. ABC News'Loki' season 1 ends with confirmation of season 2
Will Loki be in Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness?
Before we see him return in Loki season 2. Loki will be in the next Doctor Strange movie. Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief will reportedly be part of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — slated to release in March 2022 in cinemas — though it's unclear in what capacity at the moment. Spoilers ahead for Loki. NDTVTom Hiddleston’s Loki Part of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Report
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Talking about THAT reveal, any lingering questions, and what’s to come in the MCU
Zach Kram: It’s amazing what can happen when a climax ventures beyond bland CGI explosions.
Miles Surrey: It’s the MCU climax I’ve always unironically wanted: a stimulating conversation delivered by ridiculously talented actors.
people in a room talking, what a concept
Tunde St. Matthew-Daniel: Aptly titled “For All Time. Always,” the Loki finale accomplishes its glorious purpose by bringing a time-bending season of TV to a satisfying conclusion and confidently catapulting the MCU into multiversal madness.
Alison Herman: We thought we were getting the conclusion to one story; what we actually got was yet more setup for another. The god of tricksters did it again!
St. Matthew-Daniel: When Jonathan Majors showed up and gave the rest of the cast a night off.
Gruttadaro: Basically every line reading from Jonathan Majors. My word, what a debut.
Holmes: For a show unafraid to lean into the meta-narratives of the MCU, Kang saying, “This game is for the young, the hungry” is probably the most darkly comic. The line could easily be uttered by Kevin Feige, as he tries to usher in a new generation of younger (and probably cheaper) talent to replace his aging cadre of heroes.
Ramgopal: Amidst all the TVA and Kang reveals, it was touching and heartbreaking to see Loki and Sylvie kiss. Those characters finally get their moment, only for it to be dashed away by Sylvie choosing revenge over Loki.
Surrey: It made up most of the episode, but Jonathan Majors’s scenery-chewing as a timeline overlord was delightful, including when he was literally chewing on an apple.
Kram: Jonathan Majors was dealt a tough introductory hand, having to recite a host of expositional monologues. But in his goofy, off-kilter delivery, he proved a spellbinding villain, and I couldn’t pull my eyes away.
Herman: Loki and Sylvie making out! It’s been a long, long time since the MCU gave us a halfway compelling romance that’s actually central to the plot. You’ve assembled a critical mass of hot people; let them be hot!
Ramgopal: That it ended. I kind of wish there had been more of a post-credits scene as well, but we’re nitpicking here.
Herman: The hard pivot from wrapping up a season’s worth of plot to setting up another season’s worth of plot.
Kram: The scenes at the TVA until Loki’s return. Ravonna’s motivation still doesn’t make sense, and Mobius’s arc petered out with no payoff. What was all that foreshadowing for if not Owen Wilson on a jet ski?
Gruttadaro: The ending—both because I was sad the season was over and because I was slightly annoyed that nothing had been resolved and I’d once again been roped into watching more Marvel content.
St. Matthew-Daniel: Underneath all the time travel and variant team-ups, Loki was also a stealthy origin story for Ravonna Renslayer. That said, her final scenes with Mobius felt a bit lacking in answers compared to the rest of a very revealing finale.
Surrey: That Loki is another in a long line of Marvel properties that exist largely in service of teasing what comes next in the MCU pipeline. Loki has been the strongest of the Disney+ shows—narrowly edging out WandaVision thanks to a better finale—but the fact that it’s setting up so many movies only adds to the [Thanos voice] inevitable feeling of Marvel fatigue.
Holmes: Mobius still hasn’t been reunited with his beloved jet ski.
Ramgopal: Brilliant. Maybe it was not having Mephisto in WandaVision, or maybe it was skepticism that Marvel would introduce a big villain in a series before the films. But Jonathan Majors somehow blew past even the highest of expectations for Kang.
Surrey: Loved the Wizard of Oz vibes, and being referred to as “He Who Remains” is hard AF.
Gruttadaro: The first six months of this year have made it pretty clear that Phase 4 of the MCU needs a Thanos-level villain; a guy with the power to stack literal universes seems to fit the bill. Plus, if it was such a delight to see Majors play Weird Scientist Kang, imagine how fun it’ll be to see him play Angry Kang.
Holmes: The Kang reveal felt like the first big event of Phase 4. After WandaVision’s Pietro fakeout and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier pointing (but never committing) to the Thunderbolts, seeing Marvel push its chips to the center of the table on one of their TV shows was a massive relief. It also didn’t hurt that Majors delivered a performance that makes Kang as menacing and sympathetic as the best MCU villains.
Herman: It’s not great that my instinctive response to seeing an actor I like in a Marvel project is to cringe. Like Florence Pugh in Black Widow, Jonathan Majors makes for a welcome addition to Loki, and by extension the MCU. I just can’t help but mourn the stand-alone projects we’ll miss out on while Majors takes up residency on the Pinewood back lot. On the bright side, maybe more people will watch The Last Black Man in San Francisco?
Kram: Majors’s performance aside, this reveal was a microcosm of the MCU’s ongoing tension between storytelling that works to weave a complete tale by itself, and storytelling that must serve the perpetual motion machine of broader Marvel world-building. On the one hand, the introduction of a new character in the finale made for a less thematically resonant conclusion than if a Loki or Frigga variant had been manipulating the TVA all along, so I don’t think the reveal worked perfectly in isolation. On the other hand, it’s hard not to get excited for all the Kang chaos to come.
Gruttadaro: I’m not fully convinced Loki and Sylvie even had the power to choose either? But if you’re asking me (pretty personal, by the way), let me bliss TF out while someone else pulls the strings.
Ramgopal: Free will and chaos. But I’d like to think I would have found a different way like Loki wanted to do.
Holmes: It depends on who’s guarding the sacred timeline? Kang has access to every pair of footwear in recorded history and settled on the Black uncle sandals. So for this reason alone, I’m choosing free will and chaos.
Kram: It’s a false choice! Free will and order are not mutually exclusive! Don’t fall for the trap!
Herman: I’m writing this from the armchair where I watch approximately eight hours of television a day, for my job. “Comfort” is my middle name.
Surrey: I live with a cat, so of course I choose chaos.
St. Matthew-Daniel: Honestly, Miss Minutes made the best offer to start the episode: a return to normal life with all preexisting desires granted. Throw in a password-protected TemPad and we have a deal.
Surrey: There were so many great guest appearances—Richard E. Grant, Jonathan Majors, Alligator Loki—but Tom Hiddleston carried the show from start to finish. The emotional arc of his character was far more touching than I expected, and would’ve probably fallen apart in a lesser actor’s hands. Forget James Bond: Hiddleston was born to play the God of Mischief.
Kram: It took Chris Hemsworth a few movies to match Tom Hiddleston’s all-around energy and charisma, but Sophia Di Martino did so from the start. Their chemistry was so compelling that my favorite episode of the season—it seems like I might be alone here—was their two-hander on Lamentis.
Gruttadaro: The exposition-chewers, Owen Wilson and Jonathan Majors. The only way this show was going to work was if it could find a way to make explaining so much seem interesting. Leaning on two of Hollywood’s most charismatic actors was a smart move, and both of them were up to task.
St. Matthew-Daniel: Every lead and guest star had their episode or moment to shine, but the only answer here is Tom Hiddleston. His Loki character has earned a new lease on storytelling life and the Marvel gatekeepers won’t be pruning him away from our timelines anytime soon.
Herman: [Owen Wilson voice] Wow. I’m offended you even had to ask.
Holmes: Alligator Loki is the only answer to this question, right? Where is my Throg and Alligator Loki Disney+ spinoff?
Gruttadaro: I’ll give it a B. (The D- for Falcon brings the average down.) The worst-case scenario here was a group of series so bad that they tanked Marvel interest altogether. And while they have come in a bit of a flurry—maybe too much so—they’ve proved themselves to be necessary, and in some ways better than what the movies can offer. The MCU winning streak continues.
Holmes: Building a cinematic universe is hard, but making a great season of TV is harder. WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier were fun, if uneven, experiments. Loki proved that the MCU’s Disney+ shows can be just as exciting and vital as the movies, even when the time travel jargon got to be distracting. Unfortunately, Loki is an outlier, for now. So in closing: B-.
Kram: C when they’re being earnest, B+ when they’re being weird. (The early episodes of WandaVision were delightfully bizarre; Loki should’ve offered more time- and place-hopping before sprinting to the finish.)
St. Matthew-Daniel: Loki gets an A, WandaVision gets a B+, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets a C+ (the Isaiah Bradley plot was a standout though).
Herman: As an expansion of valuable IP that maintains fan engagement without diluting said value? A+. As an actual creative product? B-.
Surrey: WandaVision gets a B+; The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gets a D; Loki gets an A-. I’ll try to stay cautiously optimistic that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was a minor hiccup in the grand scheme of Disney+ shows, because WandaVision and Loki have (mostly) used television’s longer runway to their advantage.
Ramgopal: B+, almost entirely off the back of Loki. WandaVision was solid, but didn’t stick the landing in the finale. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had a ton of problems. Loki, though, nailed it from beginning to end.
Ramgopal: It’s about time!
Holmes: In the history of comic book storytelling, multiverses have been rife with immense possibility and also a doldrum for some of the most convoluted narratives in fiction. DC and Marvel soft-reboot their universes every couple of years just to handle the sheer size of infinite characters and story lines. As a moviegoer, a multiversal MCU is a fascinating experiment, but as a fan of the source material it’ll be interesting to see if the films can survive the ever-mounting complexity.
Gruttadaro: They better have Wilson on retainer to come in and explain confusing things. Practically, though, as a way to continue iterating on characters without needing much narrative rationalization, it’s a pretty smart (and cynical) move by Marvel.
Surrey: My mind keeps going back to the characters in Event Horizon inadvertently opening a portal to a hell dimension … for better or worse.
Kram: Clever deployment of time travel and multiverse scenarios might be my favorite device in all of fiction, so on a personal level, I’m thrilled. On an analytical level, I’m fascinated to see how Feige and friends balance the hardcore comic-ness of it all with entreaties to more casual movie fans; opening up the multiverse could make the expansion to space in the Infinity War saga look basic.
St. Matthew-Daniel: In the words of He Who Remains: “We just crossed the threshold.” I’m really hoping that means we finally unleashed the No Way Home trailer and all the Spider-Man variants that come with it.
Herman: No thoughts, just vibes. (My head hurts when I think about timelines too hard, so I’m just rolling with it.)
St. Matthew-Daniel: Did unleashing Kang’s variants change only the TVA? What about the Void and the sacred MCU timeline as we know/knew it?
Ramgopal: When is Season 2 coming out and why isn’t it next week?
Holmes: When do the X-Men show up?
Herman: So is Loki falling in love with his own variant incest or what?
Gruttadaro: Do TVA guards ever get to take off their pads?
Surrey: What happened to Pillboi?!
Kram: Seriously, what about the jet ski?
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How does the Loki season 1 finale pave the way for Tom Hiddleston's gloriously purposeful return in season 2? Though all three Marvel Cinematic Universe offerings on Disney+ can be considered a success, Loki's blend of time-travel, personal drama and groundbreaking revelations has captured fan imagination in a serious way. The God of Mischief began his journey as a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority, detained on charges of diverging from the Sacred Timeline by stealing the Tesseract and escaping the Avengers. Across six episodes, he managed to fall in love, find the MCU's next big villain, and bring down the organization who wronged him... and make a new best friend along the way.
Loki does, however, differ from other Marvel shows on Disney+ in one vital area - there's going to be more of it. WandaVision season 2 apparently isn't happening, with Scarlet Witch continuing her story on the big screen via Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The same goes for Falcon & The Winter Soldier, with Sam Wilson reportedly set for Captain America 4 rather than a second season of streaming. Ever the trendsetter, Loki breaks that pattern, using a brief post-credits to confirm a return in Loki season 2.
Sure enough, the final episode expertly lays the foundations for Loki's future. There's plenty of setup for Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania and Spider-Man: No Way Home, but other plot threads are evidently being saved for Loki season 2. Here's how "For All Time. Always" leads into a new Asgardian adventure.
This mechanic affords Loki season 2 a fresh slate, not entirely dissimilar to DC hitting the "Crisis" button whenever a continuity reset is required. As (seemingly) the only person who knows the truth, Loki will be forced to save the TVA in season 2, flipping the script on his season 1 mission. He'll need to jog Mobius' memory and earn his trust (another mirror to the first season), then undo whatever damage is currently being done to the MCU.
A fresh timeline also means Loki season 2 won't be beholden to past events, and this becomes clear when Mobius mistakes Loki for a standard TVA analyst. The one man who once knew Loki (all of them) like the back of his gentle, caring hand, Mobius now doesn't recognize one right in front of his nose. This proves Loki will no longer be pursued in season 2 (the TVA doesn't appear concerned by him at all), and without an adopted Asgardian prince to obsess over, Owen Wilson's Mobius might even adopt a different personality. A new timeline brings infinite new possibilities.
Fans can now be assured that both characters harbor genuine love, and if his puppy-dog actions in season 1 are anything to go by, Loki will be desperate to find Sylvie and rekindle the flame in season 2. She is, after all, one of the few real connections this version of Loki has made. Whether Sylvie feels the same is a completely different matter. Lady Loki sounded upset that her dark-haired counterpart didn't "see the same way" when it came to stabbing Kang, setting up a season 2 storyline where Sylvie loses faith, and Loki must thaw that cold heart all over again.
One major obstacle to love conquering all in Loki season 2 will be Sylvie's current whereabouts. She's last spotted in the Citadel at the End of Time, and could potentially use He Who Remains' TemPad to travel anywhere in time and space now the TVA isn't on her tail. But with the timeline splitting like a cheap pair of headphones, could Sylvie be trapped in the Void? Wherever she is, Sylvie must still face the catastrophic ramifications of her quest for revenge in Loki season 2.
If Kang has gone to the trouble of building a statue of himself, but isn't bothering to prune any diverging realities, the Conqueror must have a different purpose in mind for the organization. Unlike He Who Remains, Kang might use the TVA to trim only those realities that threaten his rule, or contain an especially troublesome enemy. Loki season 2's TVA could be even more dystopian and violent than before, as the employees toil for a proper supervillain, rather than an ethically ambiguous showman with a love of apples.
Loki's season 1 finale lays the foundations for Kang as the main villain of season 2, but his role depends heavily on theatrical projects. For example, if Jonathan Majors has a starring part in Ant-Man 3, Kang is unlikely to feature prominently on Disney+. Marvel are also yet to confirm whether Loki season 2 will happen before or after Scott Lang's next outing, which will surely have a considerable bearing on Kang's future. Tom Hiddleston's solo series might instead use Kang similar to how early MCU movies used Thanos - an overarching background threat with limited screen-time.
If Miss Minutes pointed Ravonna in a specific direction, and Miss Minutes was working for He Who Remains all along, the TVA judge could be HWR's post-death contingency plan against Kang - perhaps gathering "good" variants to rally against the bad. If so, Ravonna could prove an unlikely ally to Tom Hiddleston's Loki in his quest to restore the TVA to its former... glory? At the very least, Renslayer will be one of very few characters who remembers life before the timeline change, and this alone will force she and Loki together. The makings of a brand new MCU double-act?
Thanks to the death of He Who Remains, Loki now has more splinter timelines than the TVA does retro soft drinks. Even better, Kang isn't pruning them, leaving a near-infinite array of worlds for the God of Mischief and his friends to explore in Loki season 2 - without the frustration of knowing a pruning is imminent. Not only does this mean exciting new locales are in Loki's Disney+ future, but also mind-bending "What If" scenarios, alternate histories, and potentially even evil versions of existing heroes. Sylvie's restoration of the multiverse also means season 2 could reintroduce the likes of Kid Loki and Richard E. Grant's Classic Loki in their natural habitats. Perhaps Loki season 2 will show how the young prince killed Thor, maybe Hiddle-Loki will seek the aid of his unfortunately-costumed elder, and could we even discover the truth about whether Alligator Loki is a Loki or just a normal alligator?
Loki season 2 is confirmed for Disney+.