A new report from Production Weekly, which keeps steady tabs on the industry’s future filming plans, has revealed that Disney+ and Marvel are eyeing a January, 2022 production start date for Loki Season 2.
“Season 2…?” you may well ask. “That’s the first I’ve heard of it.” Yes, indeed. It appears that Loki isn’t a limited series for Disney’s booming streaming service, and that Tom Hiddleston will reprise his fan favorite role as Thor’s unscrupulous brother – he’s adopted – for another batch of episodes after Season 1 has eventually debuted.
If that 2022 filming date holds, we could see Loki Season 2 emerge in late 2022 or early 2023, but it would of course be helpful to know when Season 1 might arrive. Given that Disney+’s first Marvel spinoff series, The Falcon and the Winter Solider, is just wrapping up, and that WandaVision will now premiere well ahead of that, the answer is, well, who the hell knows? The first season of Loki was originally targeting a spring 2021 release date, however, this – along with so many other projects – will have experienced serious delays due to the events of 2020.
We don’t know a lot about Loki yet, either, as lips have been tightly sealed on how exactly Hiddleston’s character will fit into a post-Avengers: Endgame story landscape. Loki previously died at the hands of Thanos in the depressing opening to 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, before a former (much, much less helpful) version of himself scarpered with the Tesseract during the time heist in Endgame.
The series is rumored to follow Loki as he jumps about in time, popping up at various notable historical events, until he’s tracked down by the Time Variance Authority, a sort of timeline management police force set to be introduced in the upcoming series, but it seems that much of the series will be dedicated to giving Loki more depth than we’ve seen to date.
“I think [Loki] is the struggle with identity, who you are, who you want to be,” explained series creator Michael Waldron during a rare interview on the Forever Dogs podcast. “I’m really drawn to characters who are fighting for control. Certainly you see that with Loki over the first ten years of movies, he’s out of control at pivotal parts of his life, he was adopted and everything and that manifests itself through anger and spite towards his family.”
The Loki Season 1 cast includes Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Sasha Lane, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Richard E. Grant starring alongside Hiddleston’s perennial mischief-maker. We don’t know how many of them will return for Season 2 yet.
Here are the only official details on the series so far, in the form of a short plot synopsis:
“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.”