Marvel Sets up Tom Hiddleston’s Replacement in ‘Loki’ Season 2 Post-Credits Scene

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Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in 'Loki' 2.01

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Warning! Spoilers ahead for Loki Season 2, Episode 1, “Ouroboros.”

Marvel’s smash hit Loki series is officially back and better than ever with new episodes on Disney+, and this time, it looks like the titular God of Mischief isn’t the only one “burdened with glorious purpose.”

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Mobius (Owen Wilson) in 'Loki' S2
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‘Loki’ Season 2, Episode 1 Recap: Cast, Crew, and Story Details

After waiting patiently for well over two years, Loki Season 2 has finally arrived on Disney’s streamer with the debut episode, “Ouroboros.” So far, reactions to the premiere have been overwhelmingly positive, with the show’s typical time-traveling antics laying the foundation for what’s sure to be a dizzying, action-packed season.

Loki Season 2 picks up immediately after the events of Season 1, and sees a discombobulated Loki Laufeyson (Tom Hiddleston) storming through the TVA after Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) kicked him through a Time Door following their confrontation with He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) in the previous season’s finale, causing him to “time-slip” throughout the past and present.

Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains in Loki Season 1
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Many familiar faces pop up throughout the episode, including TVA Agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson), Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku), and Casey (Eugene Cordero), as well as newcomers from the likes of Ke Huy Quan’s quirky repairs and maintenance guru, O.B., and Rafael Casal’s menacing Hunter X-5.

While being chased through the halls of the mysterious bureaucracy, Loki eventually time-slips back to his version of the TVA in the present tense, in which he unveils to Mobius the secrets he’s learned about He Who Remains and his Citadel at the End of Time.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in 'Loki' 2.01
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Meanwhile, the Asgardian tricker keeps time-slipping, leading Mobius to suggest a trip downstairs to O.B.’s workshop. Thanks to some time-traveling antics from the past (over 400 years, to be precise), O.B. has just the right tool to help Loki’s problem — a hastily constructed temporal aura extractor that can pull Loki from time and ground him in one place.

O.B. warns Loki and Mobius that the temporal aura extractor is highly dangerous and requires Mobius to expose himself to temporal radiation (which could melt his skin off). For the machine to work, Loki also has to prune himself in hopes of grounding himself in the present, resulting in a race against the clock as the God of Mischief races through the TVA of the future in hopes of finding a Time Stick.

Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) in 'Loki' 2.01
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Of course, things don’t exactly go to plan, and Loki technically runs out of time — only to be saved (AKA pruned) at the last minute by someone unseen. Simultaneously, the elevator doors open to reveal that somehow, Sylvie has traveled to this point in the TVA’s future, saying, “There you are!” before Loki is zapped back to the present timeline.

‘Loki’ Season 2, Episode 1 End Credits, Explained

While Mobius and Loki barely survive their ordeal, it’s hard to say whether or not the duo has successfully made it back to the present. But surprisingly, one of the most intriguing parts of Loki‘s season finale takes place after the credits roll, setting up the future of this chapter in the MCU.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson in 'Loki'
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Sylvie gets her time in the spotlight during an unexpected mid-credits scene that takes viewers back to 1982. After wandering through a field, she arrives in Broxton, Oklahoma, in a familiar town that savvy fans of Marvel Comics know: Broxton, the new home to Asgard, where Thor resides.

From the get-go, we know that Sylvie is on a branched timeline. She eventually ends up at a retro McDonald’s, where, surrounded by people enjoying their McNuggets and Big Macs, she feels a sense of peace and curiosity seeing this array of happy diners. When the cashier asks what she’d like to order, Sylvie replies wistfully, “I want to try everything.”

Sophia Di Martino wearing a vintage McDonald's uniform in Loki
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So, what does this vague line mean, and why is it important to the remainder of Loki‘s sophomore season?

Well, it hints at Sylvie’s character arc for the season, with her quote, “I want to try everything,” implying that for once, she’d like to go about life as a real human being, not just a variant-on-the-run. We saw sprinkles of Sylvie’s craving for normalcy in Loki Season 1, which was made nearly impossible thanks to the TVA hunting her down throughout time.

sylvie and loki
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Now, with He Who Remains out of the picture (or so she thinks), Sylvie might finally get her chance at living a typical life, where she can work a regular job (as teased in early promos for Loki Season 2), form friendships, and possibly even fall in love — which didn’t work out so well in the first season.

Is Marvel Teasing Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Replacement?

Considering Sylvie’s powers and abilities, combined with Marvel’s efforts to bring more female heroes to the MCU, it seems plausible that Loki could be setting up Tom Hiddleston’s replacement, which would almost certainly end in disaster.

Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) in 'Loki' Season 2
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Sylvie and Loki are, essentially, two sides of the same coin, sharing many of the same strengths and weaknesses, making Sylvie a shoo-in for Loki’s replacement if the MCU so chooses to go in that direction. It’s safe to say that this decision would be extremely controversial and would understandably garner harsh backlash from fans, many of whom worship Hiddleston’s shape-shifting anti-hero.

While the post-credits scene of Loki Season 2, Episode 1 doesn’t explicitly point towards Sophia Di Martino replacing Tom Hiddleston for future Marvel projects, this theory is hardly new.

President Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Credit: Marvel Studios
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A 2021 article from The Independent highlighted similar concerns from fans, with many speculating that Hiddleston’s Loki will die (for real this time) somewhere down the line and that Sylvie will “replace” him.

These rumors stem from Season 1, Episode 4, titled “The Nexus Event,” where Loki meets a trio of other Loki variants, played by Richard E Grant, Jack Veal, and Deobia Oparei. The plotline left many fans wondering if Hiddleston’s Loki might be replaced as the MCU’s main iteration of the character moving forward, with Sylvie or even “Young Loki” taking the reins:

#loki it seems to me they are trying to replace Loki with #Sylvie and she will be Lady Loki in future. All signs are there.

With Sylvie wanting to “try everything,” she could be receptive to taking Loki’s place in future MCU installments as a rogue variant or, possibly, an Avenger — if she can find it within herself to use her powers for good. While Hiddleston’s Loki is irreplaceable in many senses, she could take over as the fan-favorite trickster, embodying his signature green-clad look and magic abilities for future iterations.

It may seem like a long shot, but given that the MCU has phased out or replaced most of its original Avengers team by now, including Chris Evans’ Captain America, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, and others, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hiddleston’s Loki go next. The stakes for Loki Season 2 are also incredibly high, meaning it could end in tragedy for the beloved character.

Tom Hiddleston's Loki in Loki Season 2
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Sylvie could also very well take the spotlight in Loki Season 2, with her mid-credits appearance suggesting that the second episode could focus on her solo adventures post-murdering He Who Remains. And based on what we know from previously released trailers, we’re going to see a lot more of her this season as she and Loki gear up for their inevitable — and probably very awkward — reunion.

It’s important to note that Hiddleston appears to still be enjoying his time at Marvel, and seems like he has no intentions of ditching his ever-popular role anytime soon. But after starring in numerous MCU projects over the past 12 years, the actor might be preparing to hang up his horned helmet and pass the torch to someone else.

Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) standing in a field in 'Loki' Season 2
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For now, this remains pure speculation, but with Loki‘s mid-credits scene setting up some pretty major story beats for Sylvie going forward, it seems like Marvel is getting ready to promote her to MCU regular as the Multiverse continues to expand. Will Season 2 finally cement Loki’s fate once and for all, paving the way for his replacement? Will Sylvie get bumped up to main character status? Only time will tell.

New episodes of Loki premiere on Disney+ every Tuesday.

What do you think Sylvie’s role will be in Loki Season 2? Do you see Marvel replacing Tom Hiddleston anytime soon? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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