Goodbye ‘Loki’: Man Behind Marvel Icon Exits MCU, Bids Farewell to Disney

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Tom Hiddleston as Loki looking shocked in the TVA - 'Loki' 2.04

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It’s finally time to say goodbye, as the industry landscape shifts.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) grinning in The Avengers
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Since director Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth) has remained conspicuously absent from the Marvel universe. Now (spoilers), he’s a father.

In contrast, the tale of his adoptive brother, Loki Laufeyson/Loki Odinson, has ventured into the Multiverse. A variant of the original Loki, who met his end at the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin) at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), has branched off into a story of his own.

Loki with B-15, Mobius, Casey and O.B. all around him in a workshop in Loki Season 2.
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In the second season of Disney+’s (Disney Plus) hit series Loki (2021), directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, along with head writer Eric Martin, bring back Tom Hiddleston in his iconic role as Loki Laufeyson/Loki Odinson. Now, Loki is tasked with repairing the timeline following the chaos of the first season. Sophia Di Martino also returns as Sylvie, a female variant of Loki from another universe, who set the unraveling of the Multiverse in motion.

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in 'Loki' 2.01
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The familiar faces returning include Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, and Jonathan Majors, who now plays Victor Timely, another variant of Kang the Conqueror. A notable new addition to the cast is Ke Huy Quan, who portrays Ouroboros, also known as “OB.”

The ensemble for the second season also features Eugene Cordero as Casey/Hunter K-5E, Rafael Casal as Brad Wolfe, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes, the two-dimensional mascot of the Time Variance Authority (TVA), Kate Dickie as General Dox, Liz Carr as Judge Gamble, and Neil Ellice as Hunter D-90.

Saying Farewell to Loki (As We Know It)

Loki (Tom Hiddleston) dressed in a green, medieval-style outfit with a horned headpiece is surrounded by swirling green energy. They extend one hand forward as if casting or controlling the energy. The background is a dark and stormy sky.
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It seems that things are changing over at the Kevin Feige-led Marvel Studios and Disney — and it appears that key creatives are leaving for greener pastures because of it.

With the overwhelming success of Disney+’s Loki as a tentpole intellectual property of the Disney streaming brand and Marvel Television, came executive producer Kevin R. Wright’s vision to bring the next chapter of Tom Hiddleston’s Loki Laufeyson/Loki Odinson back to life after his death at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), that set the tone for Avengers: Endgame (2019).

President Loki (Tom Hiddleston) Closeup on the Right, and Movie Moments with Loki on the left
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According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Wright crafted a 30-page pitch that fleshed out the Loki series’ Time Variance Authority (TVA), and other key elements — he even presented the concept to Hiddleston himself, and got him onboard for the next phase of Loki’s story in the MCU.

Now, however, that all appears to be changing, as the landscape at Marvel Studios and Disney appears to have become inconducive to nurturing the producer’s creativity. Speaking on his departure from Marvel (and hence, the Loki series), Wright stated that he was very proud of his time and contributions to Marvel Studios, but that his ability to produce original ideas was being hampered by the radically shifting industry:

“The industry has changed dramatically during my near decade with the company, and I can no longer ignore my desire to independently produce original films and television. I extend my love and gratitude to everyone at Marvel Studios.”

Tom Hiddleston in complete shock as Loki
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It appears that it’s time to say goodbye to the Loki series as we know it, as the comic book movie and film industry shift away from taking risks with original works. Seeing as there has been a push within Disney to stay on the straight and narrow path (even with areas that are markedly more experimental, like Pixar Animation Studios).

As Marvel Studios grapples with the future of the interconnected cinematic universe following the firing (and guilty verdict) of Kang the Conqueror actor Jonathan Majors, Loki as a franchise is uniquely situated to deal with the whole “Kang problem”.

With Hiddleston’s Loki now sitting at the base of a new, Multiversal “World Tree” as the MCU’s God of Stories, the fan-favorite character is almost certain to turn up again in relation to what used to be Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and the allegedly Multiverse-erasing Avengers: Secret Wars.

The only thing different now is that one of the franchise’s core creative voices will have departed

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