Apparently, one of Marvel Studio’s limited series for Disney+ isn’t so limited after all.
Comicbook.com notes a mention in Production Weekly of Loki planning to go into production on a second season in 2022. The project, characterized as a limited series when it was first announced alongside What If …?, WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, sees Tom Hiddleston returning as the God of Mischief as he seemingly bounces around time. Or, judging from the few seconds of footage release so far, rotting away in space jail. It is unclear if this is the Loki who spirited away the Space Stone in Avengers: Endgame or the one who appeared to die at the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War.
We’re hoping the former as it gives Hiddleston the chance to play bad again. Also, it may even offer a surprise appearance from Chris Evans as the errant Space Stone is something the First Avenger would need to put back in its place to ensure the safety of that timeline. In fact, we’re noticing all sorts of places Captain America could show up even if Evans claims to be retired from the role. See also: a Black Widow stinger scene in which he returns the Soul Stone to Vormir.
Meanwhile, the Production Weekly notice is the first mention in a trade paper about any of these Marvel series going beyond their initial episode orders; although rumors suggest this may have been part of the plan all along. The sophomore set of Disney+ series — Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight — are all presumed to be recurring regular series, but the first set were all said to be limited. In fact, that notion of a limited run was also said to be a major reason why Marvel film stars were interested in taking part. But if Hiddleston is returning for a second season, could we see more of, say, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) after WandaVision concludes early next year?
Considering Disney’s hard and painful pivot to streaming in the last few months, securing top tier Marvel talent is advantageous. It will also make the Marvel Cinematic Universe feel a bit more like Marvel Comics with truly serialized stories occurring with more consistency.
Loki, meanwhile, is set to debut sometime next year on Disney+.