‘Loki’ Season 2 Has an Official Release Date! This Is Not a Drill!
Please, Loki, come back!
Loki fans were discouraged when Disney+ switched all its upcoming Marvel series to the maddeningly vague “coming soon.” However, Marvel has finally gotten its act together and given us an official release date! It’s later than Loki fans hoped, but it’s still pretty soon.
Here’s everything we know about Loki season 2 so far!
Loki season 2 trailer
Although we still don’t have a full trailer yet, Disney has released some footage in its Disney+ promos.
In the promos, we see tiny snippets of the plot of Loki season 2: Loki duplicating himself while wearing a tuxedo, fighting with a TVA hunter, falling through the TVA, and pruning a mosaic of the Time Keepers with the robotic head Sylvie severed in season 1 sitting on a table in front of him. Interestingly, that last shot shows that Loki may be reunited with his original Mobius after all.
These promos incorporate some of the footage that was shown in a rough teaser at Disney’s D23 Expo in September 2022. The full teaser begins with Loki creeping into a room in the TVA, where someone is reading a TVA handbook. After tentatively calling out, “Hello?” Loki abruptly seems to glitch, and then vanishes. A camera cut reveals that it’s another Loki variant who’s reading the handbook.
From there, we see some unsettling shots of Loki struggling down a TVA hallway, glitching. In a voiceover, Loki says that he’s “pulled through time,” and he’s seen “terrible, awful things” on his journey. We also see Mobius, Hunter B-15, and Sylvie in various places in and out of the TVA. Sylvie is sitting in a record shop, Mobius is briefly in a spacesuit, and B-15 is in a yellow gown. New cast member Ke Huy Quan seems to be staffing an archive or storage room at the TVA. Loki falls through the central tower at the TVA and lands in the control room. We also see Mobius and two Lokis all wearing tuxedos (remember the leak where they were attending what looked like a movie premiere?)
Throughout the teaser, Loki seems to be trying to warn everyone about the coming multiversal war, saying that “There’s nothing standing between this world and destruction. War is on the way.” At one point, he prunes a mural at the TVA to reveal a giant sculpture of Kang’s face in a hidden wall behind it.
In the last shot of the trailer, Loki tells Mobius, “I don’t want you to think I’m the bad guy in all of this.” Mobius responds, “Who said you were?” and Loki lists every single Avenger, Phil Coulson, his whole family, Miss Minutes, and Mobius himself. This trailer doesn’t want us to forget that Loki has a villainous past, even if he’s trying to do the right thing. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who are directing the majority of episodes of Loki Season 2, are known for their horror films, and the teaser definitely has a horror vibe to it.
How much will the D23 teaser resemble whatever trailer is eventually shown to the public? That remains to be seen.
Loki season 2 plot
What do we know about the Loki season 2 plot? As usual, Marvel has sworn all relevant parties to absolute secrecy, but a few clues have escaped. Last year, Tom Hiddleston described Loki’s character in season 2 as “even more chaotic and turbulent” than he is in season 1, and said that season 2 will be a “battle for the soul of the TVA.” Gugu Mbatha Raw said that season 2 will be “bolder and more surreal” than season 1.
There are also some set leaks that give us a few hints. Last summer, fans spotted di Martino’s Sylvie dressed as a McDonald’s employee, having some kind of confrontation with Loki. Another set leak revealed Loki and Mobius attending some kind of film premiere in tuxes. Yet another revealed Loki at a jet ski dealership, hinting that Mobius may finally get his lifelong wish.
The biggest hint at season 2’s plot, though, came in the post-credit scene in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In that scene, we see Loki and Mobius attending a 19th century demonstration of a time-traveling device invented by Kang variant Victor Timely. Quantumania’s director Peyton Reed confirmed that that scene was taken straight from season 2, so it seems like Loki and Mobius will travel through time as they search for Kang.
Based on all those clues, we can put together a rough picture of Loki and Mobius trying to find and stop Kang while Loki seeks reconciliation with Sylvie, but that’s just speculation.
Loki season 2 characters and cast
Over the past year, Marvel has confirmed that virtually all cast members from Season 1 will be returning. The teaser features Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Owen Wilson as Mobius, Sophia di Martino as Sylvie, Eugene Cordero as Casey, Gugu MBatha Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, and Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15.
Joining them will be Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) as a TVA employee, who, rumor has it, may be named Ouroboros, or “Bo” for short. According to Deadline, Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones) has also joined the cast as a villain—perhaps even an older version of Sylvie, if rumors are to be believed. Finally, Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) was spotted on set last summer, wearing a TVA prisoner jumpsuit.
Although we don’t know anything for sure, it seems likely that Jonathan Majors will return as another variant of He Who Remains, who in turn is a variant of Kang the Conqueror. Majors plays several versions of Kang in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, including Victor Timely, who puts on a presentation in the second post-credit scene with Loki and Mobius in the audience.
There are also rumors that Cordero’s Casey will be a regular character instead of just a bit part.
Loki Season 2 release date
After many delays, scandals, and rumors, Loki season 2 finally has an official release date: October 6, 2023. And there’s a bonus: Echo is dropping less than two months later, on November 29!
Hang in there, mischief makers! Just a few more months to go!
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