[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers through the Season 1 finale of Loki, “For All Time. Always,” as well as WandaVision.]
In case you watched the season finale of Loki and thought to your self “Effectively, this does not really feel like the tip of the story” — nicely, that is as a result of it isn’t. As confirmed by a fast point out in lieu of a full credit sequence, the Disney+ sequence created by Michael Waldron will return for a Season 2.
So, this implies extra enjoyable awaits us within the ongoing private journey of our favourite Loki variant (Tom Hiddleston) as he contends along with his personal private journey of redemption in addition to some very timey-wimey actuality points. However when a second season would possibly occur is a much more difficult query within the MCU than it’s for different TV exhibits, as a result of there’s lots to untangle right here.
Let’s begin with the tip — particularly, the tip of Loki Season 1, through which the Sacred Timeline, as we have come to grasp it, dissolves into one thing you would possibly consider as a Multiverse of Insanity. For years, we have know that this idea could be necessary to Part 4, if solely due to (say it with me) the upcoming Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity, the title of which was introduced in July 2019 (just a few months after the Loki sequence was formally introduced, if you happen to’re questioning), and is co-written by Waldron.
In case you’re retaining observe of how the Disney+ exhibits are connecting with the theatrical releases, here is your reminder that the Physician Unusual sequel will characteristic, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the magical sorcerer with an incredible goatee, Elizabeth Olson as Wanda. Effectively, maybe Wanda’s not the precise title to make use of, as by the tip of WandaVision the character had embraced the identification of the Scarlet Witch, and appeared like she was occurring the hunt via time and house to find the youngsters she needed to say goodbye to on the finish of that sequence — as a result of they weren’t actual, at the least in that universe.
Whether or not or not we will additionally anticipate to see Hiddleston be a part of that movie’s solid will certainly be revealed in some unspecified time in the future earlier than Physician Unusual 2 premieres in March 2022. Earlier than then, although, Cumberbatch will likely be showing Spider-Man: No Means House (set to premiere in December 2021). And this one we additionally know will characteristic some multiversal insanity due to the casting reveals of Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx, reprising their roles as Spider-Man villains who fought towards the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield iterations of the character, respectively.
Now, let’s shift to the brand new character launched within the Loki season finale: He Who Stays, performed by Jonathan Majors with a delightfully puckish allure, and higher recognized to comedian ebook followers as Kang the Conqueror, whose presence on the present was hinted at back in Episode 1 (love these Easer eggs). It was recognized that Kang the Conqueror could be enjoying a job in Part 4 way back to final yr, when Majors’ casting as the character was announced… in reference to a complete different film: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Quantumania is at the moment scheduled to premiere in February 17, 2023, which is a really very long time from now, however not solely is it now clear that Majors is not going to be making his MCU debut in that movie, he might need turn into a very villainous risk by then in different movies — or in Loki Season 2. The MCU movies scheduled to be launched between Physician Unusual 2 and Ant-Man 3 are at the moment recognized to be Thor: Love and Thunder (Might 6, 2022), Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally (July 8, 2022), and The Marvels (November 11, 2022). Any and/or all of those movies might discover methods to attach with what’s clearly turning into a significant storyline set to span the subsequent few years, with or with out Majors really showing on display screen.
That is all by means of saying, keep in mind when MCU Part 2 and three simply gave the impression to be moseying alongside, casually mentioning this man Thanos each now and again till bam! Thanos went forward and tore aside the universe? Proper now, no matter’s occurring with the Multiverse seems like that, besides that over the subsequent 12 months it actually seems like Marvel’s going to be placing its foot down on the accelerator exhausting.
Because the MCU revs ahead, a second season of Loki, relying on how manufacturing schedules work out on this new post-COVID world of ours, might simply slip into the combo someday earlier than 2023. However to loop again to the start, let’s do not forget that Loki as a sequence was first revealed to be within the works again in 2018. If the MCU could be counted on for something, it is enjoying the lengthy sport.
Loki Season 1 is streaming now on Disney+. Season 2 will occur… in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later.
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