December 7, 2023

Loki season 2 is streaming on Disney Plus, with the second episode streaming on Thursday, October 12. The Loki 2 premiere launched new time journey guidelines in addition to a post-credits scene imbued with superb goal. I can’t wait to see what occurs subsequent.

I’m watching season 2 with totally different eyes and expectations than season 1. I do know the occasions of Loki will ultimately result in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Loki is a pivotal factor of that story, and that’s not a spoiler.

However Marvel virtually confirmed how essential Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is for the MCU, together with the upcoming Secret Wars crossover occasion that’s coming in 2027. Whereas that’s not a spoiler, different Loki and MCU spoilers may comply with.

The important thing to understanding the occasions in Loki

Loki offers with time journey within the MCU — guidelines we began studying about in Avengers: Endgame. It’s extra timeline journey, as returning to the previous won’t change the long run. The one place the place that occurs, as we noticed in Loki season 2 episode 1, is the TVA.

However that’s as a result of the TVA experiences time in a different way. It sits outdoors timelines, so the most likely billions of individuals serving the group don’t age. Mobius (Owen Wilson) final noticed OB (Ke Huy Quan) some 400 years in the past, but the previous doesn’t bear in mind. Nicely, Kang, the hero/villain of the present, made certain reminiscences have been wiped regularly.

Is that the Time Loom rearranging realities into a brand new Sacred Timeline? Picture supply: Marvel Studios

My level right here is that the TVA and the He-Who-Stays Kang are modern with every part that occurs within the multiverse. The previous, current, and future all happen concurrently from their perspective. It’s like watching hundreds of thousands of TV screens on the similar time, every displaying a special present, however one the TVA can affect instantly.

The Loki season 1 finale makes that clear when Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) kills Kang. The previous, current, and way forward for the timeline begin creating branches on the similar time. From their perspective, there isn’t any previous, current, or future.

What I’m getting at is that the occasions in Loki sesason 2 additionally occur similtaneously Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars. That’s, for TVA brokers, reminiscent of Loki, Mobius, and Sylvie, the face-offs towards Kang in Avengers 5 and Avengers 6 will most likely occur proper as season 2 ends, from their perspective of non-public chronology.

We, the watchers, will spend just a few years getting there, similar to everybody within the MCU’s foremost timeline.

Will Loki and Sylvie seem in Avengers: Secret Wars?

On that be aware, I absolutely count on Loki and Sylvie to be key characters in a minimum of one of many upcoming Avengers sequels. Secret Wars might be one of the best candidate for that. Marvel is much from asserting the solid for that film, but it surely has virtually confirmed that Loki is a key catalyst for Secret Wars.

All of it occurred throughout Part Zero’s interview with Marvel producer Kevin Wright, who mentioned making the 2 seasons. At one level, the producer addresses a query about Loki being the constant throughline of the Multiverse Saga.

Wright stated he had conversations with Michael Waldron throughout season 1 about Loki’s significance to the MCU.

“A lot of the primary two or three phases of Marvel storytelling do observe again to Loki and the alternatives he made. Even Thanos coming to Earth is a ramification of Loki not doing his job in Avengers,” he stated.

Loki Season 2 on Disney+
Ke Huy Quan as O.B., Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Owen Wilson as Mobius in “Loki” Season 2 on Disney+. Picture supply: Gareth Gatrell/Marvel

I’ll remind you right here that the Loki he’s referring to has died. The Loki within the TV present is a variant that skilled none of that. However what he and Sylvie did on the TVA in season 1 did impression every part within the MCU, together with the occasions of Endgame.

Again to Wright’s feedback, he stated that whereas they have been creating Loki, they questioned concerning the character’s impression on the present phases.

“We have been form of like, ‘Oh, in a broad sense, it could be actually cool if the approaching phases additionally ran by way of Loki and his selections, however in a special, sudden means,’” he stated.

“It all the time, I imply these are form of like broad discussions, however we all the time are focusing in on simply what we’re doing and check out to not get too slowed down by the larger image. If we inform our story very well, the remainder of the MCU will embrace it.”

“So Tom Hiddleston is the catalyst for Secret Wars confirmed,” joked Brandon Davis, the host of the podcast. That’s when Wright jumped again in to additionally give a nod to the opposite Loki of the present.

“Sylvie has a number of accountability in that too, by the way in which, with what she’s completed with the Multiverse,” Wright stated.

Earlier than we get to Secret Wars, we now have to see how the 2 Lokis mess with the multiverse in season 2. Episode 2 will probably be obtainable on Thursday on Disney Plus at 9:00 PM EST.