‘Loki’ Renewed for Season 2 at Disney+

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Hollywood Reporter 14 July, 2021 - 02:59am 38 views

Is there a second season of Loki?

Loki Renewed for Season 2 at Disney+ The streamer's Marvel Studios series Loki has been renewed for a second season, TVLine has learned. The announcement was made during the end credits with a stamped message that read, “Loki will return in Season 2.” TVLine'Loki' Renewed for Season 2 at Disney Plus

When is Loki coming out?

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

What is a Loki variant?

"The Variant" is the second episode of the American television series Loki, based on Marvel Comics featuring the character Loki. It follows an alternate version of the character who cannot return to his own timeline and is now working with the Time Variance Authority (TVA) to hunt down a fugitive variant of himself. wikipedia.orgThe Variant

Speaking to Insider ahead of the Disney+ show's sixth and final episode, Farahani described the versatile set he and his team made for The Void, where they shot for around seven days, as seen in episode five.

"We built a giant chunk of terrain for The Void ... [and] then swapped in different elements," Farahani said, noting that the set was used for multiple locations within the story. "The giant heads were there one day, the bus shelter where he arrives was there one day, the pile of trays was there one day, and the missile was there another day, and the telephone poles." 

The designer, who also served as art director on "Thor" and "Captain Marvel," as well as the concept artist on "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2" and "Black Panther," said that during filming Hiddleston needed to be able to "really run" on set as his character, Loki, had an action sequence.

"Tom is an excellent runner and his warm-up before ... coming to set every day is to run around the set really fast a bunch of times," Farahani said. "And so we needed to specifically curate a piece of this terrain to facilitate how fast he wanted to run through this [warmup routine] and that scene."

Farahani described The Void set as "a series of Easter eggs," noting that fans had picked up on a lot of them — including the Polybius arcade game, the Thanos-Copter, the Yellowjacket helmet, and the head of the Living Tribunal statue.

The former of these Easter eggs, the Polybius arcade game, lies in residence in the Loki variants hideout — the bowling alley. But it wasn't always going to be a bowling alley, with the script for the show not specifying exactly what or where the hideout should be or look like.

"It was described as a subterranean temple is all it was," Farahani said. "We liked the idea of a bowling alley because ... it's buried as strata among all the other deleted realities. We could have it be fractured — almost like you took a bowling alley and broke it over your knee a couple of times and therefore have all these lane lines."

"So when you first enter, the lines point down at this throne area and we thought it would be funny to have a throne that was actually a Santa Claus in a shopping mall that they raided from yet another reality and brought here [to the bowling alley]," the designer continued.

"And then there's the weird alien vines growing through this bowling alley from yet another reality that was perhaps deleted and they're invading each other. In many ways, that set is meant to be a microcosm of the void generally, which has all these different aberrant realities deleted and slammed together."

Farahani said that not all Easter eggs have been found just yet. There are some more "cryptic" eggs that are yet to be found, but he refused to let on exactly what they were.

"I'll have to leave it to fans to investigate," he teased.  

The season finale of "Loki" airs Wednesday at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT on Disney+.

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Loki: Why Mobius Riding a Jet Ski Is the Only Thing That Matters

CBR - Comic Book Resources 14 July, 2021 - 04:02am

As the Disney+ series gears up for its hotly-anticipated season finale, Loki fans are trying desperately to stay one step ahead of the twists and turns the show doubtless has in store. Theories run rampant about various mysteries created and teased in the previous five episodes, but at the end of the day, that might not be what fans truly care most about. One TikToker points out that the conclusion to the grander plot ultimately doesn't matter as long as one crucial plot point is tied up: Mobius better get to ride a jet ski.

The series hit the ground running with ambitious world-building. On the heels of Avengers: Endgame first introducing time-travel, Loki explored the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse with gusto as it created a sprawling mystery involving the Time Variance Authority, the various Loki variants wreaking mischief throughout reality and the series' ultimate connection to future Marvel properties. As doggedly as fans try to work their way through those mysteries and anticipate the conclusion of the series before it arrives, the grander plot proves to be small potatoes compared to satisfying a single character's wish to ride a jet ski.

As silly as it sounds, the character detail for Mobius proves to be a sweet and touching part of his motivation that tugs on viewers' heart strings. Introduced as a dutiful but weary employee of the TVA, Mobius idly flips through magazines dreaming about one day riding a jet ski. Believing his entire existence is dedicated to his work, Mobius treats the wish as a simple fantasy until he discovers that he is actually a variant and that the TVA has been lying to him. He betrays the organization and allies himself with Loki, all because the possibility of one day riding a jet ski is more real to him than it ever was before, and the character is so darned charming that thousands of hearts will break if Loki ends before he gets a chance to fulfill his dream.

The comparison between the emotional investment in Mobius' character arc and that of the series overall help to put into perspective the priorities of fans who seemingly care about nothing more than crafting theories and laying out the larger MCU mythology. While such mystery and intrigue doubtless hooks in viewers and serves as the driving force behind much of the content covering the series, ultimately it's the characters that make any of that matter. For instance, fans went bonkers trying to predict how Agatha Harkness or Mephisto played a part in the events of WandaVision, but by the end of it, the emotional journey of the central characters was more important than anything else.

Loki is much the same way, and particularly given the central character's devious nature, Mobius is the real heart and soul of the show. Loki himself grew a heart in learning to see beyond himself and developing his romance with Sylvie, but his friendship with Mobius gave him the template for establishing such a relationship in the first place. In a lot of ways, the discontent Mobius shows even before he discovers the truth of his origins is aroused by his jet ski-centric desires, and it would be almost cruel for the show to set up that expectation without ever satisfying its conclusion.

The human element will always matter the most, and the importance of Mobius' relatively miniscule character arc is a perfect example of that. No mystery is intriguing or plot worth resolving unless the audience can experience the story on a more intimate level, drawn in by the aspects of themselves they see in the characters.

Mobius tending to his tedious work while fantasizing about such a simple pleasure is something anybody can relate to. The multiverse can crumble, the mastermind can be Kang or King Loki or Agatha all along and apocalypse can loom in the horizon. But as long as Mobius gets that jet ski ride, it will still be a happy ending.

'Loki': Explore New Images From Episode 6

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You can’t get to the end until you’ve been changed by the journey.

That’s what Loki’s going to find himself saying as his new slogan in Marvel Studios Loki. Picking up after the events of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame (you know, when Loki picks up the Tesseract during the Avengers’ time heist and disappears…) he’s suddenly found himself in a strange new world surrounded by a slew of new people. Just call them the Time Variance Authority

In the Season 1 finale, "For All Time. Always.", Loki and Sylvie finally arrive at the end of their journey, at the Citadel at the End of Time. Will they finally discover who is behind the Time Variance Authority?

Dive into the brand new images from the episode below!

Loki features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame. Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs Loki, and Michael Waldron is head writer. 

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Fans of Loki Will Love This Classic Science Fiction Series

GameRant 13 July, 2021 - 09:00am

Fans have been suspecting this kind of storyline for many years, and the buzz around it was especially increased after the events of Avengers: Endgame, where the team manipulated time and space to defeat Thanos. Loki has so far built a ton on the concept of timelines within the MCU, and what happens when beings do things they aren't supposed to. The rules are being established and new things about the universe are being introduced in every episode.

It's a kind of science fiction not seen all that often. Time travel and multidimensional travel is a difficult thing to explore in art. However, it has definitely been done before. One of the most successful and long-running science fiction shows of all time actually uses traveling through time and space as basically the whole plot of its series. This show even shares a few other similarities to Loki, including a charming lead who takes multiple forms, the existence of a very helpful companion, and just general vibes. Of course, the show is none other than Doctor Who.

The first and most notable similarity Loki has with Doctor Who besides the general plot is the leading character. Loki as a person is in many ways similar to The Doctor, and not just because of his British accent. A key part of The Doctor is that they are always changing form, including gender, which is something explored quite a bit in Loki with the main character. Though the exact story as to why there are many different forms of the Doctor vs many different forms of Loki are quite different, the effect is almost exactly the same. And the characterization of these leads is also similar, with both of them often relying on a lot of wit and charm to get them through certain situations.

The existence of a companion in Doctor Who is absolutely integral to the show. The Doctor is never without a close friend (generally a female) and partner to help them on their missions. Though this isn't explicitly said in Loki, it has been often demonstrated. Loki has had two main "companions" in this series that serve a similar purpose: Sylvie and Mobius. Mobius is of course the wise-cracking TVA member who sees something different in Loki compared to other variants, and Sylvie is actually a different form of Loki himself. These are pretty different characters, who serve a similar purpose. They give Loki ideas and give him information about himself. They also serve as a friend, or maybe even a romantic interest. This is exactly what a companion does, in Doctor Who.

Fans of Doctor Who and Loki will inevitably overlap. Superhero fans often also enjoy science fiction and vice versa. If anyone though has been a huge fan of one series and yet to give the other a chance, that could be quite a big mistake. The shows do have enough differences to stand on their own, but the similarities are glaring and hard to ignore. Even down to the tone and general purpose, these two series match up beautifully and all comparisons are very warranted.

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