It’s bad news for Loki TV show fans, as Marvel Studios has scrapped the summer 2023 release of one of the franchise’s most anticipated series.
Loki Season 1 became the third streaming show in Marvel Phase Four. Beginning with WandaVision, Disney+ Originals came thick and fast, at least from a Marvel standpoint, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law joining the roster of TV shows in Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As more fans turned to streaming due to the industry-wide shutdown of movie theaters across the world, Marvel Studios opted to saturate Disney+ with what felt like an endless stream of content. Let’s not forget that Cate Shortland’s Black Widow (2021) should have commenced the fourth chapter of the MCU; instead, it debuted six months after the Phase began, and even then, the spy-thriller released simultaneously on Disney+ through the now-defunct Disney Premier Access service.
For Loki, the show from Michael Waldron (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) and director Kate Herron broke Disney+ streaming records and ushered in a shift in release days for all new Originals; where new episodes used to air weekly on Fridays, Loki‘s success on Wednesdays marked a big move for Disney+.
Starring Tom Hiddleston as the titular God of Mischief, Waldron and Herron’s six-episode series marked the first major moment the Multiverse concept and its rules were introduced in the MCU canon, with new factions like the Time Variance Authority and the introduction of Variants and the Sacred Timeline. Loki also starred Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes, Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror Variant, He Who Remains. Majors returned in the widely-panned inaugural Marvel Phase Five movie, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) as Kang with the post-credits scene of the third Ant-Man movie from director Peyton Reed showcasing a new clip of Hiddleston, Wilson, and Majors (as Victor Timely) in Loki Season 2.