Loki season 2 is on the way, though there’s still no arrival date just yet. The good news, though, is that the Disney Plus show is finally filming now. That means we’re ever closer to the God of Mischief finally returning to our screens after the series premiered back in 2021. Tom Hiddleston is back as the titular character, while Owen Wilson returns as Mobius M. Mobius, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will reprise her role as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer.
We’ve rounded up absolutely everything else there is to know about Loki season 2 right here, from all that’s known about the plot to our favorite theories about the second installment. Then there are details on the creative team, with Kate Herron not returning to the director’s chair, and Michael Waldron no longer head writer. So, to get up to date on the next batch of Loki episodes, scroll on and see our ultimate guide.
Loki season 2 release date: No confirmed date yet, but filming has begun
Marvel’s Kevin Feige gave an update on the Loki season 2 release date back in August 2021, saying that the new season was “underway” and “being developed as we speak”, but stated that he wasn’t sure whether filming would begin in 2022 or 2023 (via Collider (opens in new tab)).
Backstage (opens in new tab) reports that production was slated to begin this summer, though the report contains no other confirmation. Shortly after, Owen Wilson confirmed his return to the series as Mobius and mentioned that filming will start “pretty soon.”
“It’s coming together,” Michael Waldron said in May. “We’re pretty close out to shooting, I think.” A Productionlist.com (opens in new tab) listing indicated filming will begin on June 6, and a set photo shared by cinematographer Isaac Bauman confirmed filming had begun that same month (H/T GameRant (opens in new tab)).
There’s speculation that the new season will premiere after the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, since the finale of the first season introduced Kang the Conqueror, and Kang is the main villain in Ant-Man 3, which is slated for a February 17, 2023 release date.
Loki season 2 cast and crew
Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are confirmed to be returning. Mbatha-Raw previously revealed in an interview with GMA (opens in new tab) that she’ll be returning as Ravonna Lexus Renslayer, and Hiddleston has told Jimmy Kimmel (opens in new tab) that the whole cast is back, so expect to see more familiar faces.
Showrunner Kate Herron announced her departure from the show, stating that she never planned to do a second season. “I’m really happy to watch it as a fan next season,” Herron told Deadline (opens in new tab). “I just think I’m proud of what we did here and I’ve given it my all.”
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have signed on as directors. According to Deadline (opens in new tab), they will “co-direct a majority of the episodes for season two.” The duo most recently directed two episodes of the Marvel series, Moon Knight, which stars Oscar Isaac as a superhero who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder.
The first season’s writers Michael Waldron and Eric Martin are geared up to return, though Martin is taking over head writing duties from Waldron.
Loki season 2 plot
The Loki season 2 plot is being kept under wraps. Hiddleston (via Marvel (opens in new tab)) initially stated that he was “excited about the possibilities” and that the team was in “deep, deep, deep discussions” following the announcement of season 2 – but the actor kept a tight lip since.
Mbatha-Raw told Popculture.com (opens in new tab) that she’s excited for her character to go to “some deeper, darker places.” Ravonna Renslayer was initially introduced as an anti-hero of sorts and potential love interest of Mobius, but was ultimately revealed as a villain who values her loyalty to the TVA above anything else. The season finale saw Ravonna go off on her own in search of free will. “She wants to [find] who pulled the wool over her eyes. That’s what she’s going to go out in search of,” head writer Michael Waldron commented. (opens in new tab) “She is a scary customer to be out there in the Multiverse. So we’ll see what happens.”
The finale also saw Sylvie, Loki variant and love interest, send Loki into another dimension so she can finally kill He Who Remains. The slaying doesn’t fulfill her like she thought it would, and she is left all alone at the Citadel at the End of Time. While Sophia Di Martino told RadioTimes (opens in new tab) that she’s not sure whether or not her character will return, she did comment that Sylvie’s final scene is “an interesting place to start another chapter” (via Marvel (opens in new tab)).
Just recently, Hiddleston was asked whether Loki appears in upcoming Marvel movie Thor: Love and Thunder, to which he remained understandably coy. “I’m living in a question mark,” the actor told Total Film. “It’s all unknown. You know, I used to think that I could predict these things, but I literally have no idea. And I’m not even doing an Andrew Garfield!”
When quizzed about Loki season 2, he added: “What can I say? It’s very much continuing to excite and challenge me. At the end of season 1, the story isn’t over. I think that’s really clear. Loki’s almost more unstable, and as turbulent and passionate and chaotic as he’s ever been. And maybe some of that needs resolution. There’s stuff to unpack.”
Waldron has also hinted at what’s to come. “In creating the show in the first place, the only way it’s worth doing to me is that we can find a new story to tell with this character,” he told Deadline’s Hero Nation podcast (opens in new tab). “It felt like we had new emotional ground to cover with Loki. That’s the only way into season 2. We absolutely found that. It’s a great continuation of that story that feels different from season one and hopefully will subvert expectations.”
Loki season 2 theories
Because the first season ended in utter chaos, Loki season 2 theories are aplenty. Sylvie set off a multiverse war, Loki is stranded in another dimension, and an even more dangerous variant of He Who Remains has come to power.
In the new timeline that Loki finds himself trapped in, a statue of Kang The Conqueror is present. This implies that Kang, a variant of He Who Remains, has taken over as leader of the TVA and potentially all other timelines.
Nerdist (opens in new tab)theorizes that, while Mobius and Hunter B-15 don’t remember Loki in this timeline, Sylvie might. This is possible considering that it was Sylvie who killed He Who Remains and sent Loki to this new reality.
A theory from EliteDaily (opens in new tab) speculates that Ravonna might become the new love interest of Kang, seeing as her character plays his lover in the comics.
FandomWire (opens in new tab) points out that a TVA uprising could be on the horizon. Now that all the foot soldiers of the TVA have had their minds erased due to the slaying of He Who Remains, Loki is the only one who can make them remember what happened. Once they recall the horror of being kidnapped from their own timelines and subsequently brainwashed, the TVA could unite to bring down Kang.
Perhaps the most interesting theory comes due to the releases of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: now that the multiverse is open, could Loki team up with Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange? We know that the series extends into the MCU, as Kang the Conqueror is set to be the main antagonist in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility for other characters in the MCU to show up in an alternate timeline.
Now that you’re all caught up on Loki season 2, check out our list of the upcoming movies and TV shows in Marvel Phase 4.