Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has shared an update on Loki Season 2 production — including the upcoming search for a new director following Loki Season 1 helmer Kate Herron’s exit from the series.
Marvel’s ever-expanding Multiverse had its proverbial doors blown off the hinges during the events of Loki Season 1. As fans were still catching their breath following the fateful confrontation between Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Kang variant He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) in the Loki Season 1 finale episode, a post-credits bump announced that Marvel’s Loki Season 2 would be forthcoming. Although, there has been no indication whatsoever of when a second season of Loki could hit Disney+ — or even how it could possibly fit into the already crowded slate of Phase 4 projects announced through 2023.
Kevin Feige Says Loki Season 2 Could Be Delayed
During the press day for Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Marvel boss Kevin Feige provided a progress report of sorts on the status of Loki Season 2. Speaking to Collider, Feige didn’t divulge much, but shared that the search for a new director is ramping up, saying of Marvel’s Loki Season 2 development,
“It is underway. We’re developing it as we speak. The hope is that much of the same team will return. Kate [Herron] is going on to bigger and better things, so the director search will begin shortly.”
Asked to provide a production timetable, Feige swore he was not being intentionally “evasive” when he answered that he’s “not sure where [Loki Season 2] falls between next year and the year after.” Previous speculation placed Loki Season 2 on Disney+ as early as Fall 2022. However, with the head of Marvel Studios guessing production won’t even start until 2022 — and possibly not until 2023 — it’s possible a second season of Loki may not fit into Marvel’s extensive Phase 4 plans at all.
It should be noted, however, that Kevin Feige has not announced a production setback, or cast doubt on the viability of Marvel’s Loki Season 2. His comments simply seem to signal a lack of a true plan or schedule. It could be plain impossible to get a vision of Loki Season 2 in place with an empty director’s seat. Director Kate Herron did an admirable job in telling a truly compelling, emotional story in the midst of Multiversal chaos, but has decided not to rejoin Loki for another season. In a recent interview, Herron shared that she’s proud of her Marvel Cinematic Universe contribution with Loki, and excited to see what’s next in future episodes, saying,
“So, for me, I’m excited to see, where is Loki? Where are they going to take him? We’ve done so much groundwork in his character, I’m just excited because I feel like there’s so much more about his identity to be explored…. I’m really 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.”
Marvel’s Loki — much like fellow Disney+ series WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier — was originally conceived as a limited series. Now, even as rumors persist that audiences will see Falcon and Winter Soldier return, Loki is the only Disney+ series to officially confirm a second season. The decision to make Loki an ongoing series with multiple seasons was reportedly decided in the middle of production of Season 1.
Tom Hiddleston has been confirmed to appear in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Benedict Cumberbatch, so audiences are at least guaranteed some Loki vs. Multiverse action in the hotly anticipated Doctor Strange sequel. Though a return to the story of Loki and Sylvie and the new status quo for Agent Mobius and the TVA may not squeeze its way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4.
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In 2021, Marvel fans will be treated to features Shang-Chi, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home all due before the end of the year. The ongoing What If…?, Hawkeye, and Miss Marvel are all promised to Disney+ this year as well. With big time sequels Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), The Marvels (2022) Ant-Man: Quantumania (2023), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) all forthcoming, it could be Phase 5 before we see Tom Hiddleston return in Loki Season 2.
When is the next time we’ll see Loki after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Let us know in the comments!