AS WE ALL know, Marvel has a master plan for the future of the MCU. While it may fluctuate with various obstacles—like the pandemic or the Hollywood strikes (both of which have now concluded, but caused delays and release date changes for MCU projects)—there’s an overall story they’re hoping to tell with their characters. Marvel’s “Infinity Saga,” which spanned its first 11 years of films and culminated with an epic conclusion in Avengers: Endgame, showed how this strategy can really pay off when done well. And it’s why we as audience members can only wait and see what’s coming up (and hope that the ultimate payoff will be worth it).
It’s been a long and frustrating wait for the next big team-up, but have been some exciting pieces of the puzzle along the way. Various MCU television shows have released, with varying levels of quality (WandaVision was a major win, earning critical praise and several Emmy nominations, in comparison to, say, Secret Invasion). Plus, in the realm of movies, the MCU finally has begun to tease the idea of the multiverse and (perhaps) the next major villain, Kang the Conqueror. And one show that’s served as a subtle hint to everything coming into the overall franchise plot is Loki.
Season 1 served as a fish-out-of-water type of story, with Loki kicked out of space and time and instead serving as a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority. One chaotic act led to another, however, and in perfect God of Mischief fashion, Loki found himself sent out on a major mission for the TVA. Oh, and along the way he met the powerful, Sylvie who tagged along with him in meeting the real controller of the TVA, He Who Remains (a variant of Kang the Conqueror)–who Sylvie then killed.
Season 2 is even more fast-paced than Season 1, with Sylvie, Loki, and their handful of TVA friends who must band together to save all of time and space while also attempting to survive themselves.
Eventually, all of this has the potential to spill into the main timeline, which includes Thor, Nick Fury, and the rest of the superheroes we care about. But for now, Loki is the one at the center of the story. And that means it’s time to start thinking about what’s next for our villain turned (kind of) hero.
Loki has yet to be renewed for Season 3
But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As the season has only just aired, it’s rare for a show to have an immediate renewal, especially when coming through the Marvel Studios pipeline; Loki is the only live-action Disney+ show so far to even get a second season.
Knowing Marvel has a bigger plan for all of this (which is subject to change), it would come as no surprise if at some point Loki’s plot bleeds into another upcoming MCU project, or shoves Loki into the path of another superhero. Avengers: Kang Dynasty is on the way (scheduled for 2026), and there’s only so many seasons we can have before He Who Remains/Kang threatens someone other than Loki. Deadpool 3 is due out in 2024, and that, too, will likely include some multiversal shenanigans—how else is Ryan Reynolds’ vulgar assassain going to get from the Fox universe to the MCU?
When will Loki Season 3 come out?
While it’s not the answers fans are looking for, for now we can only say: it depends. If renewed soon after the show ends (Loki Season 2 was literally announced in the Season 1 credits stinger), Loki Season 3’s premiere date could be sometime in 2025.
It will likely take some time to write the next script, bring all of the cast together, and film. That said, it all hangs on where the character goes next, and if that has any tie-in with the future of the MCU and its other properties.
Who will be in Loki Season 3?
If the show returns, we can obviously expect Tom Hiddleston to reprise his role as Loki. As far as we know, Hiddleston has made no comments saying he’ll leave the role anytime soon. Slashfilm reported back in 2021, Hiddleston would play the role as long as he could:
“Yeah, [Loki’s] been around for a while. I think he’s going to be around for a lot longer. Meanwhile, I’ll just hold on for as long as people want me to hold on for.”
And considering his fiancee just starred in her very own Marvel movie, it’s clear Hiddleston at least will stay connected to Marvel for the time being.
The rest of the main cast will likely return as well: Owen Wilson as Mobius, Sophia DiMartino as Sylvie, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and Eugene Cordero as Casey. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is expected to return as Ramona Renslayer too, as well as Tara Strong, who voices Miss Minutes.
As for anyone else? We don’t know yet if Ke Huy Quan’s character Ouroboros is considered a new main character, or merely a recurring person who will step away from the main plot after Season 2. And Jonathan Majors of course plays He Who Remains (who, at this point, is dead), and also Victor Timely, and also any other Kang the Conqueror variants out there—for now. It’s unclear if he’ll continue to be the main villain in Loki, get redirected to mess with other characters in other projects, or, due to his ongoing legal troubles, even be replaced entirely. His involvement in the future of Marvel is still unclear.
What will Loki Season 3 be about?
We’re not sure! Depending on how the show ends, the series could continue with Loki telling anyone he can about the coming threat of He Who Remains and his variants, or working to repair time and space, or it could thrust him into a whole new problem. After Season 2, it’s likely he’ll be flanked by his TVA friends, including Mobius and Sylvie, or they’ll at least see him off into his next chapter.
We’ll update this space with more information as we get it.
Milan Polk is an Editorial Assistant for Men’s Health who specializes in entertainment and lifestyle reporting, and has worked for New York Magazine’s Vulture and Chicago Tribune.