In news that should surprise no one, Disney+ has renewed Loki for a second season, with the suspected news being confirmed in the end credits for the latest episode of the series and on Marvel’s official website.
It’s welcome news that we are getting a second season, after the finale of the first introduced us to Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains, a variant of Kang the Conquerer — the role he is playing in 2023’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. While there has been no official word that Majors will be involved in the second season of Loki, we have all of our fingers crossed that his appearance in the series was not a one-off.
The confirmation of a season two officially makes Loki, which centres around the adventures of the God of Mischief, the first MCU Disney Plus show to officially get a second outing. Kevin Feige has remained fairly coy about the future of WandaVision and it remains unknown if Falcon and the Winter Soldier will end up as a one-season show.
The show’s executive producer Nate Moore previously told IndieWire that Marvel Studios aims to always leave possibilities open for future seasons.
“We’ve definitely kicked around ideas because we always like to keep thinking about where things can go, but we also, frankly, in the crush of the pandemic, we’re just trying to finish the show and make sure it got out in a timely matter,” he said.
Between the pandemic and the sheer volume of projects that Marvel has on both its film and television slate, it is likely that the second season of Loki is quite some time away. The studio has at least 14 more MCU TV series and films planned to release from now until 2023, including Ms Marvel, She-Hulk and Hawkeye.
In the comic books, Loki is canonically pansexual and genderfluid, making him one of several Queer characters in the universe. However, fans have long been frustrated that the LGBTQ+ superheroes and villains from the graphic novels have largely overlooked when it comes to the screen.
During the recent fan premiere of Black Widow in Los Angeles, Marvel’s executive vice president of film production, Victoria Alonso, said that the decision to portray Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) as bisexual was “not a big deal.”
“It is what it is when it suits the character,” she said. “We’re not going to do it because it’s politically correct or incorrect. It is what it is. Don’t forget, we follow our comics. We try to follow them quite to the tee. So in the comics, this is who he was.”