Disney+ is in the mood for more mischief. According to Production Weekly, a call sheet for people looking for work on productions in the film industry, season 2 of the upcoming Marvel series Loki will begin filming in January of 2022, indicating the show has been renewed before it has even premiered. It’s not even clear if the first season has wrapped production yet after resuming filming in September. Loki also appears to have a working title of Architect, so if you see them filming something by that name in your area, be on the lookout for Tom Hiddleston’s wolf grin. Not much is known about the Disney+ series yet, outside of Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Richard E. Grant being cast alongside Hiddleston, and that Michael Waldron (who wrote an episode of Rick and Morty, and nine episodes of something called HarmonQuest; Marvel loves getting their creatives on the cheap, don’t they?) will be the showrunner. Season 1 of Loki is expected to arrive on Disney+ sometime in 2021.
This is pleasant news. Loki is the Disney+ Marvel show to which I’m most looking forward, largely because I love the character and Hiddleston’s portrayal, and I’m glad to know I’ll be seeing him again. Presumably, this will be the version of Loki who escaped from the timeline in Avengers: Endgame –seeing as how he’s alive and all – meaning that he never had his redemption arc, so he’s still mostly a bad guy. I like that; Loki is more fun when he’s selfish and power-hungry and can’t be trusted (though Hiddleston’s delivery of “Odinson,” coupled with the look he gives Thor, in Infinity War is perfect). Making the series about a villain – or, at best, an anti-hero – will differentiate it from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe output, and that’s a good thing. Disney greenlighting a second season suggests that they have a lot of faith in Asgard’s prodigal son, but I think it’s also part of their decision to focus more on their streaming platform than theatrical releases in the future. That makes some sense as long as the world remains on lockdown, but 2022 is a long way off; surely, movie theaters will be open by then, right? Right?
Are you looking forward to Loki? What do you think the story will be? Will the next Marvel show be headed up by the guy who gets Seth MacFarlane coffee on the Family Guy set? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more TV news!