‘Loki’ doesn’t need a season 3
Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the Loki Season 2 finale.
The Big Picture
- LokiThe end of season 2 is a surprising and creative conclusion to the series, but it should be the end of Loki’s story for now.
- Loki has transformed from a selfish troublemaker into one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking on the role of Keeper of Time.
- Although there may not be a season 3 of Lokithat doesn’t mean we won’t see Loki or his companions again in the MCU, as they could be valuable allies in future battles against Kang and his variants.
Loki Season 2 just ended, but maybe it should have been the series finale. Some of us might have a hard time saying that, like Loki It’s actually one of the best things the Marvel Cinematic Universe has going for it right now. The Tom Hiddlestonseries-driven burst onto the scene in Season 1, delivering a unique and complex time-bending universe that serves the wonderful purpose of an engaging solo story to the God of Mischief. Season 2 of the hit series had its ups and downs but it hit the road to a surprisingly creative conclusion.
Loki has now gone from being a selfish troublemaker to one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Multiverse, comparable only to figures like The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) and even the One who remains (Jonathan Majors) himself. By controlling the slippage of time, Loki has now unwittingly become the new Keeper of Time, overseeing the newly arranged branches of time that he saved himself. It’s such a poignant and unique conclusion that it should be the end of Loki’s story (at least for now).
Loki, the God of Mischief, steps out of his brother’s shadow to begin an adventure that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame”.
- Release date
- June 9, 2021
- Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard E. Grant
Loki finds his glorious purpose in the season 2 finale
From the first sight of Loki Season 1, the Loki Laufeyson from the branch Avengers: Endgame the timeline we meet says it is “burdened with a glorious purpose.” It’s a vague and pompous worldview that suits the man who tried to destroy the city of New York, but couldn’t even predict what would happen to him. Once thrust into the timey-wimey world of the Time Variation Authority, Loki goes from damaged villain to living savior. This is partly due to Loki’s new companions in his TVA companion Mobius (Owen Wilson), his rebellious variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), and more.
The things Loki has seen and done are amazing. He has lived through apocalyptic timelines, faced a giant smoke monster at the end of time, met different versions of himself, met the creator of his timeline, and much more . That creator of time, He Who Remains, is the one who pushed Loki on his path to true godhood. After the end of season 1, when Loki is sent back in time against his will, the God of Mischief begins to slip in and out of different points in time. The problem is fixed early in season 2 with the help of OB’s tech head (Ke Huy Quan).
Loki miraculously survives the explosion but wakes up in an abandoned TVA. Even worse, he’s time slipping again, coming in and out of different timelines. Eventually Loki learns to control his time, so he is able to travel through space and time on his own. Loki uses his new abilities to try to reverse Loom’s explosion, going further and further back in time to do so. It even goes as far back in time to Season 1, such as revisiting how Sylvie killed He Who Remains and the first time he had a conversation with Mobius.
Although reversing the past is largely fruitless, Loki realizes that the only way to truly save the multiverse is to become the temporal titan that He Who was. Remains intended to be. Instead of Victor Timely (Majors) going out to fix the loop (where it split nine times out of ten), Loki goes out there without a stitch of protective clothing on. As he gets closer and closer to the loom, Loki gets a new version of his iconic costume, with his signature horns and all. With that, Loki destroys the loom, leaving hundreds of threads dying around it. Loki collects all these strands and goes out on a throne out into the unknown, where he creates a new sacred multiverse timeline that looks great similar to the Norse World Tree, Yggdrasil. With Loki’s noble sacrifice and seemingly permanent isolation, the TVA is able to succeed again. Now his characters, like Mobius, are able to live out their lives as they see fit, while Loki watches over them from afar.
Each character’s story seems wrapped up in ‘Loki’ season 2
The way Loki ends his journey in Season 2 is very exciting, showing him as the new keeper of all timelines. It’s hard to admit that a beloved character is stuck between space and time, but it’s only fitting that a character as initially reckless as Loki inherits one of the biggest responsibilities in the MCU. In his new state, Loki may learn enough knowledge to become a multiverse similar to the Beyonder. Loki isn’t the only one who gets a fitting ending, either. The work of most of TVA’s most specialized operations has paid off in the new and improved TVA. Others, like Mobius, decide that they want to live the rest of their lives as they were meant to, surrounded by their friends and family. At the same time Sylvie is free to travel the multiplex as she sees fit, no longer worrying about the TVA hunting her down.
Season 3 means no more Loki
Just because LociIt looks like the best story is left alone through the season 2 finale meaning we won’t see Loki or his companions again. The MCU is known for including many different characters from all parts of continuity. A time-controlled god like Loki would indeed be a worthy ally in the inevitable fight against Kang and his army of mutants. After all, Loki promises He Who Remains that they will find a way to stop them once and for all.
Loki Season 2 is streaming on Disney+ in the US