Anticipation is mounting among Marvel fans for the October debut of the second season of Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston as everyone’s favorite Norse god of mischief. We now have a new teaser showcasing a time-slipping Loki seemingly caught in an endless cycle of shuttling between the past, present, and future as he tries to restore order to the multiverse.
(Spoilers for S1 below.)
As I wrote in my review, the first season of Loki was “an excellent mix of action, surprising twists, canny exposition, and intimate character moments, all leading up to the final reveal: what is the Time Variance Authority’s true nature and purpose, and is there someone (or something) else behind the scenes pulling the strings of the sacred trio of Time Keepers?” The puppet master turned out to be none other than Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors, who reprised the role for this year’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania)—or rather, a Kang Variant known as He Who Remains.
In the S1 finale, He Who Remains informed Loki and Sylvie (Sophia di Martino) that he was tired of running the TVA, which he created after he ended a multiverse war among all his variants and set up one single timeline. He told the pair that they could either kill him—and thus risk another multiverse war—or take on oversight of the TVA in his place. Sylvie opted to kill He Who Remains against Loki’s pleading, and a multitude of timelines were unleashed. When Loki returned to TVA headquarters, neither Mobius nor Hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) recognized him, and the statue of the Time Keepers had been replaced by a statue of one of the Kang Variants.
Hiddleston, Wilson, Majors, di Martino, and Mosaku are all returning for S2, along with Gugu Mbatha-Raw as TVA judge Ravonna Renslayer; Eugene Cordero as TVA receptionist Casey, now Hunter K-5E in the new timeline; Neil Ellice as Hunter D-90; and Tara Strong as Miss Minutes, the TVA’s anthropomorphic clock mascot. Majors will play two roles: He Who Remains and Victor Timely, a Variant in the early 1900s identifiable by his spectacles and snazzy three-piece suit. Ke Huy Quan joins the cast as a TVA archivist named OB. Rafael Casal also joins the cast as Brad Wolfe, an actor and TVA prisoner starring in the (fictional) film Zaniac. Kate Dickie and Liz Carr will also appear in as-yet-undisclosed roles.
The official full trailer dropped in late July, in which we first learned that Loki has been having trouble with “time slipping,” pulled through time between the past and the present—even though this should be impossible while within the TVA. So he and Mobius undertake a bit of “good old-fashioned leg work,” traveling to the early 1900s to take on Victor Timely. In this latest teaser, we mostly get brief snippets of Loki, Mobius, Sylvie, OB, Brad Wolfe, and Victor Timely, ending with a determined Loki insistent on repeating the whole “try to fix time” cycle again. And it looks like we might get to see Loki employ a few more of his considerable powers in the process.
Loki drops on Disney+ on October 6, 2023.
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