Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is now embroiled in a major interdimensional battle. Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, made a great impression in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and while he looked to be beaten by the eponymous couple, he will, of course, return very soon. As will the countless versions teased in the film. Quantumania included a very special Kang version in its post-credits stinger, which surely piqued viewers’ interest in Loki’s second season. However, no one knows when the second season will premiere, especially since the scheduled release date has been stealthily pushed back.
The Direct reports that Disney+ just changed their lineup of future originals. Loki Season 2 was formerly scheduled to premiere in Summer 2023, however, the Disney+ Originals website now lists it as “Coming Soon.”
Loki Season 2 would have been the first Marvel series to premiere this year, preceding Ironheart and What If…? Season 2 includes the episodes Echo and Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige unveiled the official lineup at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con. Release dates were still hazy at the moment, but with Loki finishing filming in October 2022, it was safe to infer that production was on track.
Of course, there are always other factors at work. Recent franchise weariness and waning interest in the MCU appear to have caused Feige and co. to reconsider their Phases 5 and 6 plan, at least in terms of television. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Loki and Secret Invasion are the only Marvel programmes set to debut in 2023. That’s only a fraction of the series that will be released in 2021 and 2022, but it’s wonderful to see Marvel taking a step back this year. After the current criticism against substandard visual effects and sloppy storytelling, it’s understandable that they’d choose quality over quantity.