It's been confirmed that Loki (2021-) will return for a second season during the end credits of the Season 1 finale. To fans' delight, the show will continue on, but director and executive producer Kate Herron issued a statement about her declination to continue working on the series.
“I’m not returning,” the filmmaker informed Deadline during an interview with the publication. “I always planned to be just on for this, and to be honest, Season 2 wasn’t in the — that’s something that just came out, and I’m so excited. I’m really happy to watch it as a fan next season, but I just think I’m proud of what we did here and I’ve given it my all. I’m working on some other stuff yet to be announced.”
Herron pitched her Loki vision to Marvel Studios complete with her casting choice and used influences from Blade Runner (1982) and Minority Report (2002) in stylistic means when creating the series. When asked about working with Marvel soon after her leave from the Disney+ series, Herron replied with “No, I’m just focused on my own stuff at the moment. I love Marvel and I’d love to work with them again, but my outing with Loki is what I’ve done with them.”
The former director claims that she isn't informed about any details for the freshly-announced Season 2. Where Loki may fit next into the timeline, it's difficult to say as the Multiverse begins to spiral in a number of directions. Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conquerer will play a momentous role in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, poised to strike again during Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023).
“I always planned to be just on for this and, to be honest, season 2 wasn’t in the — that’s something that just came out and I’m so excited,” Herron told Deadline. “I’m really happy to watch it as a fan next season, but I just think I’m proud of what we did here and I’ve given it my all," Herron said to Polygon when addressing her departure from the spin-off. Marvel Studios has not announced an official date for Loki Season 2.