If the ending of the season finale of Disney+’s Loki, which dropped this morning, made it abundantly clear, the story of the timeline variant of Marvel’s favorite god of mischief is far from over. And if to hammer it home, instead of a mid-credits tag scene teasing some upcoming even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel gave us the announcement by showing Loki Laufeyson’s file with the Time Variance Authority being stamped with the words “Loki will return in season 2.”
The series is centered on a variant of Tom Hiddleston’s villainous character who first appeared in 2011’s Thor, with this version being spunoff from the MCU’s main time line thanks to some of the time traveling shenanigans of 2019’s The Avengers: Endgame.
It is that variant nature that brings this Loki into conflict with the TVA, a group tasked with policing what they call the “Sacred Timeline,” in order to prevent the chaos that would spring up from a constantly branching timeline creating numerous alternate realities. Over the course of the first season, Loki would first join with the TVA to help them track down a particularly dangerous variant that would turn out to be another version of himself, before discovering that there was more to the TVA and its mysterious masters the Time Keepers than previously thought. His journey across the series was also a personal one as he begins to examine his own life as he encounters various versions of himself.
There was no expected release date for Loki’s second season made along with the announcement, but it most likely won’t hit the streaming service until at least roughly this same time next year. In the meantime, though, expect the mutiverse storyline to play across several upcoming Marvel films including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Doctor Strange And The Multiverse Of Madness and possibly Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania. Marvel will be further exploring what a divergent timeline is in the upcoming Disney+ animated series What If…? set to debut next month.