Everything We Know About Loki<\/em> Season 2
Loki—the third Disney+ Marvel series after the experimental meta TV entry WandaVision and the conventional ascendent journey-story of The Falcon and the Winter Solider—has only one episode left in its first season, which is some mix between crime thriller and time travel epic. (When you’re a $122 billion god, you can do whatever you damn well please with genre.)
But, as with WandaVision and Falcon, the question isn’t so much what is it? as how much of it can we inject into our veins? Those previous shows are still awaiting confirmation for future seasons (Elizabeth Olsen herself does not seem to think WandaVision is coming back, and the Falcon story will continue with the upcoming Captain America 4 movie). So far, it’s all just speculation and rumor. Earlier this year it was announced that Falcon will be entered into the Emmy race as a drama and not a limited series. So surely there must be a season 2? Who knows.
Earlier this spring, Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development Nate Moore provided some insight into the future of these productions, saying, “I think WandaVision is a show you can only do once,” and “we’ve definitely kicked around ideas [for season 2 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier],” and, finally, “I think there’s a lot of storytelling in Loki that’s really irreverent and clever and cool, but also lends itself to multiple seasons.” So that’s a “no,” “maybe,” and “yes”? Nope. Yes! We think?
Here’s what we know about the future of Loki.
Is Loki getting a Season 2?
The answer is “maybe,” but it will take more than a few words to explain what we mean.
At Disney+’s Television Critics Association press tour earlier this year, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige answered a question about the future of WandaVision. “I’ve been at Marvel for too long to say a definite no or a definite yes to anything,” Feige replied. That non-answer answer has been the standard response concerning most Marvel properties. In a recent interview, WandaVision star Elizabeth Olsen said that the show was “definitely a limited series,” meaning it will only run for one season. But when pressed she responded again, conceding, “I don’t know. I mean, with Marvel, you can never say no.”
So the answer is “yes” and the answer is “no” and the answer is “I don’t know”—none of which are disingenuous, by the way. In that earlier press tour, Feige explained what where non-answer answer / development limbo comes from:
In other words, the writers are hoping to craft entire stories contained within one season—if they decide to move forward with future seasons, great, if not, also great; the story has already been sufficiently told. Of course, that means we get often get seasons which don’t entirely commit to wrapping up character arcs or resolving character struggles. Wanda has kind of said goodbye to Vision, but not really. Sam is kind of Captain America, but not really. Bucky is kind of working through his past, but not really. Loki is… who knows.
Marvel is incentivized to keep as many characters/properties available for future use as possible. If they can find a way to fit Loki into a new season or film or franchise, they will. But for now, it’s definitely not getting a second season, until it gets a second season—do you understand?
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