Know everything about Loki season 2 in this article
Spoilers for Loki season 1 ahead.
Loki variants might be survivors above all else, but they’re also frustratingly pitfall-prone. Case in point: Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has perished various times throughout the many levels of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, usually due to a two-pronged overestimation of himself and depreciation of his adversaries. And in the Loki season 1 finale, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), repeatedly overzealous in her pursuit for retaliation, plummeted a sword into the heart of He Who Remains—and, by proxy, plummeted the universe into insanity.
As He Who Stays (a version of Kang the Conqueror, as played by the delightful Jonathan Majors) clarifies, the character is the justice of the one Sacred Timeline, a condition he established to protect the universe from multiple publications of his own (less “benevolent”) self. If the timeline were to divide, a “Multiversal War” would stoop the curve of truth into unrest. But to keep the Sacred Timeline aligned, He Who Remains has had to “prune” and assassinate untold amounts of variants very as Hiddleston’s Loki and Di Martino’s Sylvie—characters who strayed from their set-upon way and quizzed the waters of free will. He sees these eliminations as essential harm. Loki doesn’t certainly agree, and Sylvie is too frantic to enroll anything other than her retribution.
He Who Stays then presents them, rather gleefully, with a choice: They can become the magistrates of the Sacred Timeline themselves, or they can murder him, allowing the Multiversal War to begin—only for a He Who Continues variant to surge and create the Sacred Timeline anyway—bringing the entire story full circle. He seems equally titillated and reassured by the idea of spotting this choice in hands that are not his own. For once, he doesn’t know what will happen subsequently.
But Sylvie does not provide herself or Loki much time to think. The two of them fight as she tries to reach He Who Remains with her missile, and Loki endeavors to assure her that—perhaps, maybe, this time!—they have it all untrue. She declines to listen, kissing him into compliance before throwing him back through a TemPad portal into the TVA department. Eventually alone with the tyrant, she kills him; Loki, back at the TVA, realizes almost instantly that the eyesore is done. A He Who Remains sculpture has replaced the Timekeepers’ resemblance on the wall. The Multiversal War is here.
And so we’re all wondering: Now that everything has altered, what comes next? Here’s everything we know about season 2 of Loki—and the rest of Marvel’s Phase 4.
Will there be a Loki season 2?
Thankfully, yes. Disney+ has officially renewed Loki for Loki season 2. The streaming service indicated the sensational news during the finale’s end values, when a case file was captioned with a signature telling, “Loki will return in season 2.”
When will Loki season 2 be released?
Disney has yet to substantiate an official release date for Loki season 2, and with so much yet to come in the MCU, it’s hard to parse out a precise timeline. Since Majors is scheduled to star in Quantumania in 2023, it’s inclined that the next season of Loki would come out before or around that period.
Who will return in Loki season 2
Disney has not yet declared openly the cast members who will return for the second season. But it’s safe to infer we’ll see villain-turned-hero Loki and Sylvie again, as well as Owen Wilson’s Mobius, Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Ravonna Renslayer, and Wunmi Mosaku’s Hunter B-15. Majors necessarily could duplicate his role as He Who Remains/Kang the Conqueror, but given his confirmed impression in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, his fate remains ambiguous.
Loki season 1 director Kate Herron will not return to lead the second season, she has disclosed. In an interview with ELLE, she said, “I’m proud to have been part of Loki’s story. I gave it everything in my heart and my soul. I’m excited to see what fresh eyes will bring.”
Still, Herron laughed at that fans can likely want an even bigger storyline for Di Martino’s Sylvie in the next chapter: “We evacuate her in the Citadel, and she looks shell-shocked and full of discomfort, and she’s on a much earlier part of her voyage [than Loki] in terms of self-healing, so I think it’ll be really fun to see where she ends up going.”
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