Now that the finale of Loki season one has aired and the mystery of who was behind the TVA has finally been uncovered, it’s time to look ahead to the future and Loki season 2. Thanks to Loki‘s post-credits scene, a second Loki season was confirmed as soon as the first finished, but will Marvel bring Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief back from another romp through time? Or could another variant take his place? There’s a lot of speculation, but with the Loki season 2 release date confirmed, fans won’t have long to wait to find out.
On the face of it, Loki was the most likely of all Disney+ MCU shows to get a second season. The time travel conceit allowed for endless possibilities, even with restrictive new laws introduced in the wake of Avengers: Endgame’s Time Heist. And the theoretical removal from the sacred timeline would mean that Hiddleston’s anti-hero could operate in his own narrative without the need to interact with established ongoing stories. It should always have been a perfect set-up, and now that He Who Remains has revealed himself and the multiverse has officially kicked into gear, the possibilities are seemingly infinite.
The Loki season 1 finale revealed some explosive secrets, including the final reveal that the man behind the curtain was none other than a Kang variant. Loki season 2 is on the way, and there are already burning questions about what the future holds for Tom Hiddleston’s Loki in the MCU. The notorious former villain has more work to do thanks to the cliffhanger ending and the promise of a whole new timeline, and it can’t come soon enough. The Loki season 2 release date has been confirmed as summer 2023, so here’s everything known about Loki season 2.
The Loki season 2 release date was confirmed to be Summer 2023. Loki season 2 was included as part of Marvel’s slate of SDCC 2022 reveals. The 2023 Loki season 2 release date puts it alongside Hawkeye spin-off Echo, keenly anticipated Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel crossover The Marvels, and the second season of What If…? Despite Kang the Conqueror’s reveal at the end of the Loki season 1 finale, Loki season 2 will hit Disney+ after Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania enters multiplexes on February 17th of the same year. It was confirmed that Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania would also feature Kang as a villain, so for a while, fans believed Loki season 2 would come out before it. Despite this not being the case, it will be interesting to see if there’s anything that sets up Loki season 2 in Scott Lang’s next MCU adventure.
Way back in November 2021, an issue of Production Weekly listed a new production aiming to kick off in January 2022 under the title “Architect,” which seemed to point to a Loki MCU return. On top of that, Deadline revealed that Loki creator Michael Waldron will be involved in “some capacity” for the second season. That leak was then confirmed thanks to Loki‘s post-credits scene.
Given that WandaVision’s Scarlet Witch arc continued in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and that Falcon & The Winter Soldier’s ending led directly to Sam Wilson’s stint as Captain America in Captain America: New World Order, it makes sense that Loki wouldn’t be left as a dead end. Tom Hiddleston’s character is way too valuable to retire completely, and he clearly has fun playing the role, so a renewal beyond Phase 4’s highly successful Loki season 1 was never too far from becoming a reality.
Since the TVA’s secret was revealed and He Who Remains was recklessly vanquished after Loki season 1, the story possibilities for Loki season 2 are broad. By killing the Kang variant, Sylvie split the timelines and started the next phase of the MCU, opening the doors for multiverse-spanning movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Loki kickstarted The Multiverse Saga with What If…? then explored the wildest variants, with Spider-Man: No Way Home introducing alt-universe variants crossing franchise lines and Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch heading into the deepest, darkest recesses of the multiverse.
As for the story of Loki season 2, the only semi-confirmed detail suggests that it will partially take place in the 1970s. For Loki himself, season 2 will likely see Hiddlestone’s creation work through personal quandaries, although there’s also the chance the trickster will have a pang of compassion and attempt to warn everyone that a multiversal war is about to cause chaos. Loki season 2 will likely see the titular antihero balance the pain of his Sylvie separation with his attempts to undo the very thing he’s sought throughout the MCU: complete chaos.
While the very idea of a Loki show without Tom Hiddleston would have seemed impossible not so long ago, the emergence of Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie made that branch of the MCU all the easier to accept. In fact, for a while during Loki season 1’s initial weekly release period, it looked as though she may replace him, particularly after his short-lived death fake-out in episode 4. But the season 1 finale and subsequent Loki season 2 set photos confirm Hiddleston will be back, with Di Martino, Owen Wilson’s Mobius, Wunmi Mosaku’s Hunter B-15, and Miss Minutes (voiced by Tara Strong) potentially returning, too. Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Ravonna Renslayer went missing, but she will likely also be back. Given the appearance of Kang the Conqueror’s statue at the end of Loki‘s final episode, Jonathan Majors will surely reprise his role as a variant of He Who Remains, too (especially since he’ll also be appearing in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania). Kang will be the villain in The Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, so it seems unlikely the show that introduced Kang the Conqueror won’t feature him for its second season.
He Who Remains, the antagonist pulling the strings at the TVA in Loki season 1, is Kang the Conqueror. For those unfamiliar with Marvel Comics who still follow the MCU, Kang is a time-traveling villain and a major thorn in the sides of the Avengers (among other heroes). He isn’t an antagonist who shows up to cause Saturday morning cartoon capers – when Kang is involved, it is almost always a “fate of the world” situation. The title of the next Avengers movie was announced at SDCC 2022 as The Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – and after years of speculation, it’s provided confirmation that He Who Remains is the new Thanos replacement for the MCU. Phases 4, Phase 5, and Phase 6 of the MCU make up The Multiverse Saga, and it was Loki season 1 that started it all when Sylvie killed He Who Remains and split the timelines. The fact that He Who Remains/Kang is the Big Bad for the next Avengers movie, due out in 2025, means that Loki season 2 will likely be just as important for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the first chapter.