Disney releases the Loki Season 2 trailer, excluding Kang and Jonathan Majors
Despite being a significant antagonist in the show, the Loki season 2 trailer shown at Disney’s upfront presentation did not feature Jonathan Majors or Kang.
During Disney’s upfront event, Marvel Studios showcased the trailer for the second season of Loki. Surprisingly, neither Jonathan Majors nor Kang appeared in the trailer, despite their expected roles as central villains.
The anticipation for Majors as the main antagonist in Loki season 2 was set up in the post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, where Loki and Mobius were seen among a crowd featuring Kang variant Victor Timely.
It’s worth noting that Majors faced legal issues in late March, being arrested in New York City on charges of strangulation, assault, and harassment after the theatrical release of Quantumania in February.
During Disney’s upfront presentation on May 16, Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, offered a glimpse of several upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe shows such as Secret Invasion, Echo, and Loki season 2.
However, as reported by Tim Baysinger of Axios, Feige did not mention Jonathan Majors’ involvement in the show, and neither Kang nor Victor Timely, the characters portrayed by Majors, were featured in the trailer for Loki season 2.
While the Loki season 2 trailer is unavailable online, Kevin Feige has confirmed that the MCU show will return later this year. The second season of Loki is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 6, marking a shift from Wednesdays to Fridays.
Jonathan Majors Involvement in Loki Season 2: How Will Marvel Handle It?
Currently, neither Marvel nor Kevin Feige has issued any comments regarding Jonathan Majors’ arrest, although extensive speculation among fans about whether Marvel will choose to recast the role of Kang, a report from Deadline in April stated that Marvel has not engaged in any discussions regarding recasting Majors.
Marvel is likely awaiting further developments in Majors’ case before initiating conversations or making decisions. A parallel can be drawn with Johnny Depp’s situation, as he was asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts franchise only after losing his libel case against The Sun, where the court ruled in favor of the paper’s characterization of him as a “wife beater.”
Considering that Loki season 2 has already completed filming and has a confirmed release date, Marvel has no intentions of making any alterations to the show, regardless of the outcome of Jonathan Majors’ case.
Consequently, they may follow a similar approach to the one they took during the preview at Disney’s upfront event, avoiding the inclusion of the actor as the primary villain. When the Loki season 2 trailer is eventually released, Majors will be omitted in his role as Kang/Timely.
This could be a deliberate strategy to prevent spoilers, both for the show itself and for the post-credits scene of Quantumania. However, it is noteworthy that Majors’ absence in the trailer is notable, potentially due to his recent arrest.
Following Loki, Jonathan Majors’ next confirmed appearance as Kang is in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, slated for 2025. Currently, Marvel is maintaining their decision to have Majors portray Kang.
However, if he is found guilty of the charges he is facing, the studio will need to reassess its plans. It remains to be seen how the Loki season 2 trailer will address Majors’ role once released online.
Loki Season 2 may prepare him for a fight with the Avengers
The second season of Marvel Studios’ Loki has the potential to bring the character’s journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a satisfying conclusion. Since his introduction in 2011’s Thor, Tom Hiddleston has portrayed Loki, and his character has developed significantly compared to many others in the franchise.
In Phase 4, a variant of Loki explored the intricacies of the multiverse. It embarked on a quest to uncover the enigmatic figure behind the TVA, known as He Who Remains, a variant of Kang the Conqueror.
The confirmation of Loki season 2 occurred in the post-credits scene of the first season, hinting at Loki’s crucial role as a critical player in the upcoming battle against Kang in Phase 6 of the MCU.
During an interview on the D23: Inside Disney podcast, Marvel Studios producer Stephen Broussard shared insights about the upcoming Loki season 2. Broussard revealed that the new season would commence by delving into a heroic transformation for Loki.
This evolution for the character began to take shape in the season 1 finale when Loki and his female variant, Sylvie, were confronted by He Who Remains with two choices: either take over his position and maintain the Sacred Timeline or eliminate him, consequently unleashing the multiverse and its potentially villainous variants.
While Sylvie was determined to seek revenge by killing He Who Remains, Loki contemplated what course of action would be most beneficial for the multiverse.
This marked a significant turning point in Loki’s character development within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Broussard’s recent remarks indicate a potential shift towards a more heroic path for Loki.
If this trajectory continues, there is a possibility that in Phase 6, Loki might find himself fighting alongside his former adversaries, including his Asgardian brother Thor, against Kang the Conqueror and his various iterations.
As the Council of Kangs poses a threat, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will require all the assistance they can gather, and Loki could emerge as a fitting candidate to officially join a new Avengers team in the epic storylines of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
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The ideal way for Loki’s character to end up is as an Avenger
If Loki were to join the Avengers in Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it would be a fitting culmination for the character’s arc, considering he initially served as the primary antagonist in the Avengers’ inaugural battle as a team.
In the past, Loki’s goal was to dominate Earth, a desire that resurfaced during Phase 4’s Loki series. However, his motivations appear to have shifted after learning about the multiverse’s secrets and witnessing the immense destruction that Kang the Conqueror can unleash.
Given Loki’s prior involvement in Thor’s Revengers team in Thor: Ragnarok, it is conceivable that Loki season 2 will establish a foundation for the God of Mischief to embark on an even more heroic journey within the MCU.