After a successful first season, Loki is not going gently into the good night. The beloved villain-turned-anti-hero is returning for Loki season 2, unlike WandaVision which is still being labeled as a limited series. Most of the cast is returning as the central villain appears to be taking a larger role in the MCU, but it appears Kate Herron will not be a part of the sophomore season.
The first season of Loki followed Tom Hiddleston’s titular character as he evaded capture at the end of Avengers and used a tesseract to travel through time. His antics also results in a new entity in the form of the Time Variance Authority coming to capture him. The TVA are the protectors of the sacred timeline and maintain the correct flow of time but there is a larger body in play, which intrigues Loki.
Years of love and adoration later, Tom Hiddleston got to plays the God of mischief in a solo outing. The Disney Plus show was set in the streaming platform as an extension of MCU Phase 4 and the show of helmed by Kate Herron. It was always thought of as a limited series but the reception and success of the show meant a second season pickup and but the director is not coming back.
Loki Season 2 was Never in the Plans of Kate Herron
Marvel knew right when Loki premiered that a second season was going to happen. The overwhelming fan support and amazing critical reception resulted in Marvel having enough confidence to want to do another season. Production Daily revealed in May 2021 that Loki season 2, under the working title The Architect, would begin filming in January 2022.
It was still unconfirmed report at that point, but Marvel decided to put the season 2 announcement in the end credit scene of Loki, confirming a sophomore season was coming. But recently Katie Herron, the director and showrunner of the beloved Disney Plus show, said that she will not be returning for Loki season 2.
One of her main reasons was the team always saw Loki as a 6-episode solo run. They treated it like a movie production and worked on the six episodes as telling a complete story for a film. So, when Marvel decided they wanted to proceed further with the character and the show, the director felt she was spent and it was better if someone else took over from there.
Kate told The Hollywood Reporter, “I would say that when I joined Loki, it was always going to be those six episodes. We were treating it like a movie, and we were running it like a movie. We weren’t doing it in the showrunner system. So it was a lot to direct these six episodes, and I gave it all of my energy and everything I had in my soul and in my heart. I threw everything I loved about Marvel at it.”
She also explained Marvel’s decision and hopes for the future, “So I always intended just to do these six. And it was such a massive compliment and a delight that as we got much later into production, Marvel and Disney were like, ‘Ah, man. This is excellent, and we want to keep going.’ So, I just feel like my part is done, but I’m really excited to see where it’s going to go next. So, I gave it all that I have, and it came from a place of love. I really enjoyed working on it, and I hope to work with Marvel again in the future.”
Kate Herron came on board to do a job back in 2019, she needed to reintroduce Loki and justify a solo TV show on Disney Plus. The director went above and beyond her original ask as the show garnered critical acclaim and appreciation from fans. But that is where her journey ends with the show, the director had a vision, she realized it and now she is selflessly giving it away to someone else who can build on something she helped start.
Loki season 2 will begin production in January 2022 with most of the cast and crew returning.
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