Why Loki Director Kate Herron Isn’t Returning for Season 2 of the Marvel Series

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First-time Marvel director Kate Herron is out of time on Loki. Episode 6 of the Marvel Studios series ended with the post-credits reveal of a Season 2 — making Loki the first of Marvel's Disney+ series to get an official second season — but Herron had her own announcement to make Friday: she's not returning to the director's chair next season. After journeying into mystery with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) in six episodes of the universe-breaking series setting up forthcoming Phase 4 projects like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Herron explains why she's moving on from the Marvel Cinematic Universe — not for all time always, but for now.

"I would say that when I joined Loki, it was always going to be those six episodes. We were treating it like a movie, and we were running it like a movie. We weren't doing it in the showrunner system," the Five by Five and Sex Education director told THR. "So it was a lot to direct these six episodes, and I gave it all of my energy and everything I had in my soul and in my heart. I threw everything I loved about Marvel at it. So I always intended just to do these six."

It wasn't until later in production that Disney-owned Marvel decided to continue the time-traveling misadventures of Loki, his many variants, Sylvie, Time Variance Authority agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), and Miss Minutes (voice of Tara Strong).

"It was such a massive compliment and a delight that as we got much later into production, Marvel and Disney were like, 'Ah, man. This is excellent, and we want to keep going.' So I just feel like my part is done, but I'm really excited to see where it’s going to go next," Herron said. "So I gave it all that I have, and it came from a place of love. I really enjoyed working on it, and I hope to work with Marvel again in the future. They changed my life, and I just love Marvel as I'm sure people can tell from the amount of Easter eggs and references I did throughout it."

"But I just feel like I've done my part with Loki, at least for now, and I'm excited to see where it goes next as a fan," Herron added.

Loki head writer Michael Waldron might also be exiting that position ahead of Season 2. Waldron previously inked an overall deal with Disney, penning such projects as the Sam Raimi-directed Doctor Strange 2 and producer Kevin Feige's untitled Star Wars film.

Marvel has not announced a release date for Loki Season 2. All six episodes of Loki Season 1 are now streaming on Disney+.

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Disney+’s Loki is the Black Lives Matter story we didn’t know we needed

TheGrio 18 July, 2021 - 03:10am

This kind of messaging slips out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. You could easily rename Captain America: Civil War as “Captain America Defunds S.H.I.E.L.D” and nobody would’ve noticed. WandaVision was the story of a magical Karen going through a quarter-life crisis and the token Black friend who literally had to gain superpowers to stop her from terrorizing the neighborhood. 

Falcon and the Winter Soldier was about a Black guy who gets screwed over by ‘The Man’; and has a choice between joining a radical liberation movement run by a Black woman or take the base out of his voice, occasionally put on whiteface and work within the system. Basically Barack Obama with wings and a shield. 

However, this week’s Loki season finale wasn’t even subtle, and all of Black Twitter was picking up what Disney was putting down. I don’t know if Loki head writer Michael Waldron had an office full of Malcolm X posters and Alkaline water, or if white people just can’t help telling on themselves through art. Either way, Loki’s finale frames the whole season as a parable of whiteness in America, how Black people fight and toil to hold this whole dysfunctional country together only to see White America tear it all down if they don’t get what they want, even if it dooms us all.

Essentially, Disney made the perfect Black Lives Matter show for post-Insurrection America, and Black MCU fans are thankful.  

For the uninitiated, Loki spun directly out of Avengers: Endgame and was the story of Loki, the Norse trickster god and longtime Avengers antagonist, being kidnapped by an interdimensional policing organization called the Time Variance Authority. The TVA is tasked with maintaining the timeline and keeping different versions of the same person (called Variants) from other dimensions from causing trouble. It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it.

We should’ve peeped this was going to be a low-key (or is that Loki?) woke story when we saw the TVA looks like a DMV office and is run by Black women, director Ravonnna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and head enforcer Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) — Black women who also spend a lot of time wearing dark leather, berating and beating white men with sticks and weapons. The white guys, whether it was Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) or Loki (Tom Hiddleston), seem to be comfortable with and in the case of Mobius somewhat turned on by this system. I’m not the only one that noticed.

All I’m saying is there’s a White man over at Marvel who’s got a serious BDSM Jones for Black women

Owned and operated. pic.twitter.com/1SzPzIcOix

The TVA is trying to stop a white woman named Sylvie (Silvia Di Martino) a version of Loki from another dimension who wants to destroy the whole system because it ‘ruined her life.’ Sylvie rallies white men (Loki and Mobius) to help her take down this entire Black-run business because she can’t get customer service on the line. How does she do it? By seducing Hunter B-15, an underappreciated Black woman, into believing that she can have a better life by betraying Ravonna and the entire TVA. Between beating and emasculating white men and being seduced by a white woman into betraying her own people, Wunmi Wosaka is basically replaying her role as Ruby in Lovecraft Country, which I’m sure will send misogynistic hoteps into a tizzy.

After a perilous journey across six episodes until the end of time, Sylvie and Loki finally encounter Kang (Jonathan Majors), a Black man who’s been holding the entire universe together. Kang offers Loki and Sylvie a choice to either take over the TVA and run things as they see fit, or send the universe into chaos and face a version of him that will be much more evil. Loki accepts the offer, but Sylvie Karen ain’t trying to hear it, and she kills Kang on the spot. It’s literally a “We Wuz KANGZ” meme come to life. Black Twitter noticed immediately.  

Kang made the tva to get a ppa loan in every version of reality and run off with the bag at the end of time. Stay woke pic.twitter.com/cwNt2A4Ltn

And what happens after Kang is killed? The entire universe comes apart, all hell breaks loose and nobody knows what to do. Is there not a better parable for how white Americans treat Black folks who literally live their lives by a mantra of “We tried to tell you?”

Why does Loki resonate so well in an age of Black Lives Matter? Because it’s a story as old as time and as recent as the six-month anniversary of the white nationalist insurrection that occurred on Jan. 6. The TVA is the United States, a necessary evil, pruning upstart nations or timelines alike, all in a vain and egocentric attempt to keep things orderly. Is it just? No. Is it fair? No. However, throughout history, Black folks have given our lives on the battlefield and in the voting booth to maintain a system that might be consistently bad instead of trading it in for something that could be chaotically evil, especially for us.

Hunter B-15 is every Black civil servant toiling away in a system that they’ve convinced themselves is right. Ravonna is every Black woman executive who’s had to deny her own life and questions to keep a bunch of white men who alternatively lust after her (it was pretty obvious that Mobius had been placed in the interdimensional friendzone against his will) and want to overthrow her.

Kang (Jonathan Majors), the one who remains, the man at the end of time? He’s that Black business owner so worn down by white supremacy he just wants to relax in his fishing boat and watch Law & Order marathons. He’s Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, two weeks from retirement who’s simply just too old for this sh*t. He’s Ghost from Power, who just wants to retire and hopes Tommy can run things after he’s gone. He’s Barack Obama, offering free healthcare to white people and warning them that Trump would be 100 times worse than him, and the white folks still burn him in effigy. He’s the hardest-working Black man in the Universe who lived long enough to see a white woman tear it all down.

The best part of this Black Lives Matter Loki finale is what happens when it’s all over. After Sylvia kills Kang, she just sits there, crying white tears because apparently, that is the interdimensional language of Karens. They could’ve filmed that entire season finale with a shaky cell phone camera in a Walmart parking lot and the message about white women’s privilege and rage couldn’t have been more obvious. The Black man holding everything together is dead, Mobius and Loki have no idea what to do, Hunter B-15 is lost in the sauce, and Ravonna, who had been true to the game all along, left for some self–care. It’s like the whole series was a long-form Juneteenth gift.

If you had any doubt about the racial metaphor of Loki just take a look at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 films. I mean, Thanos was a bad guy, but he only threatened half of ONE universe. Kang threatens the very idea of existence. However, America knows good and well that when everything is at stake, whether it’s a financial crisis, a crazy authoritarian president, or an interdimensional war, it’s always up to Black people to save this country from itself.

Good luck going up against Kang in Avengers IV: More Years, Black Captain America, you’re going to need it.  

Wait, are we really headed towards a black Captain America lead Avengers team facing off against a black super villain? 😳 (nerd-gasm) pic.twitter.com/2MGWJHI8RH

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Loki director Kate Herron won't be back for season 2

The A.V. Club 18 July, 2021 - 03:10am

Herron—who both executive produced and directed every episode of the series—has been a behind-the-scenes force and a public face for the show over the last few months, discussing its various twists and turns, its distinctive look, and its copious callbacks to comics history. But when asked yesterday (by Deadline) about whether she’d back for the surprise-announced second season, her answer suggested that the decision to continue Loki—a first for the Disney+ MCU shows—had been at least partially a surprise for her, as well:

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.

In confirming that she won’t be coming back for the second season, Herron also functionally absolved herself for any potential spoilers about the series, or about the role that Jonathan Majors—who appeared in a pivotal role in the season finale—might play in the wider MCU. (Majors is also set to play a, uh, variant of his Loki character in Quantumania, a role that, Herron revealed in a different recent interview, he was set up for as part and parcel of the Loki casting process.)

Herron—whose pre-Loki credits include a multi-episode directing stint on Netflix’s Sex Education—noted that, while she’d be open to working with Marvel again in the future, she’s currently “focusing on my own stuff at the moment.”

Loki Fans Think Showrunner Is Leaving Show After Cryptic Tweet

ComicBook.com 17 July, 2021 - 07:32pm

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is Hollywood's largest franchise, with a fanbase of millions of feverish fans all around the globe. Some of those fans hopped into overdrive Saturday evening after Loki writer Michael Waldron posted a cryptic tweet seemingly suggesting he could be done with the series — or so fans think.

Waldron's tweet included no words, only a screenshot of the series itself with the eponymous Asgardian looking at the "End of File" text in the TVA theater. As you might expect, fans quickly sprang into assumptions, thinking this signaled Waldron's time on the show has also come to an end, just over 24 hours after Loki helmer Kate Herron revealed she's also stepping away from the series.

“I’m not returning,” Herron previously confirmed with Deadline. “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.”

ComicBook.com has reached out to Disney for comment on Waldron's status, though a comment was not available by press time.

Keep scrolling to think what Loki fans are saying.

Praying he sticks with Marvel for a bit bc the writing was actually good for once 🙏 https://t.co/7jbBfxvsWg

idk what’s going on but michael is a hell of a writer. can’t wait to see what he did for Doctor Strange 2 https://t.co/Ke6PtlgHvy

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Crushed it, dude. Crushed it. https://t.co/WGQbY5C8N2

The writer for the job. You did great. https://t.co/4heRBZCU79

Michael, I can't handle any bad news right now, so this better just be a reference to the end of season 1 https://t.co/Vg14wl4Lon

WHAT DOES IT MEAN https://t.co/R4Vrrjb1tx pic.twitter.com/cu26pFLx27

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How MCU Phase 4's Avengers Cameos Are Different To The Infinity Saga

Screen Rant 17 July, 2021 - 12:38pm

WandaVision took place just a couple of weeks after Avengers: Endgame but by the time The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as well as Spider-Man: Far From Home, happen, it's been many months since the Avengers beat Thanos (Josh Brolin) and brought the billions he killed back to life in the Blip. It's now 2024 in the 'present day' of the MCU, although the various Marvel series on Disney+ as well as Black Widow have been set during various points in the MCU timeline. Loki also makes matters extra confusing since the Loki Variant (Tom Hiddleston) who stars in the show began his adventure in 2012 and has been hopping across time ever since, plus the Time Variance Authority exists outside of linear time. But the MCU never really forgets its characters and its own history and even villains who have been missing for over a decade, like the Abomination (Tim Roth), will soon reappear in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Now, Marvel movies and TV shows are so sneaky at integrating the Avengers that fans have to pay attention to their voices in addition to being on the lookout for an O.G. Avengers sighting. In Loki episode 5, "Journey Into Mystery", the Frog Thor who was briefly seen trapped in a jar that was buried in The Void was actually voiced by Chris Hemsworth. Even though it was a cameo that only lasted for a second or two, the Thor actor specially recorded Frog Thor's voice for Loki. Meanwhile, Black Widow references Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) several times and even shows footage of him fighting Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in Captain America: Civil War, plus Hawkeye pops up on the tablet Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) shows to Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). But Jeremy Renner's voice can also be heard in Black Widow; he cameos on comms with Natasha Romanoff in the flashback to how she bombed General Dreykov (Ray Winstone) in Budapest to earn her place in S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel has also had to make some necessary real-world adjustments to account for the massive changes to the MCU in Phase 4. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, for example, have wrapped up their commitments to Marvel, although everyone has expressed an openness to return to the MCU under the right circumstances. Marvel has even ceased signing their actors to 9-picture deals as Samuel L. Jackson agreed to as Nick Fury. Overall, the talent has shown they are happy to keep popping up in the MCU, and gone are the days when actors like Edward Norton and Terrence Howard would permanently part ways with Marvel.

Meanwhile, Thor is an original Avenger whose movie franchise continues while the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) will appear in She-Hulk and Clint Barton headlines his own Hawkeye show. What If...? is another innovative vehicle to bring back popular dead characters like Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Thanos (Josh Brolin), and Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), and it's also the final MCU performance of the late Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa. Unfortunately, actors like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Brie Larson won't voice Iron Man, Captain America, and Captain Marvel, respectively, in What If...? But fans should still keep their eyes and ears open because you simply never know when and how your favorite Avengers characters, dead or alive, might suddenly reappear in the MCU, just like in Loki and Black Widow.

New Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline Revealed

ComicBook.com 16 July, 2021 - 11:44pm

Now that all six episodes of Loki have debuted on Disney+, the streamer has added the Tom Hiddleston-starring show to its official timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Surprisingly enough, Loki isn't added to the watching order after WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as the shows were released, nor is it sandwiched between The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World technically when the show takes place.

Instead, Loki is currently located between Avengers: Endgame and WandaVision. The series does, after all, pick up seconds after a moment in Endgame though it quickly pivots from that in pursuit of time-traveling antics.

Now that the Infinity Saga has come to pass, Marvel Studios has grown more towards non-linear storytelling. In fact, the outfit's latest feature — Black Widow — is another prequel, set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has gone on record saying the production house isn't opposed to telling more stories in the past should the situation and script warrant it.

"Certainly this film and this story is a particular case for Natasha," the producer said at the time. "But the notion of exploring the past, present, and future of the MCU is certainly in the cards for all of our characters. This particular story of this particular cast is very personal, very specific to Natasha."

According to Loki director Kate Herron, it was "always" in the plan to jump through time with Loki and the Time Variance Authority.

"What happened [between] when [Loki and Sylvie] met him and when the multiverse was born was still on the table, that's something obviously me, the writers, Michael [Waldron, the head writer], and the studio discussed and worked on," Herron the filmmaker previously told Entertainment Weekly. "I think honestly, for me and the writing team, we were just like, 'Okay, we'll just keep assuming we're going to get to introduce him until we're not allowed to.'"

Loki is now streaming on Disney+. If you haven't signed up for Disney+ yet, you can try it out here.

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