Loki had a tremendous debut season on Disney+, smashing audience records throughout the season. As a consequence of the show’s popularity, Marvel Studios and Disney announced its second season immediately after its conclusion, enabling the series to extend its narrative options even further. However, not everyone from the first season will return for the second season, including director Kate Herron.
Herron revealed her resignation weeks after the Season 1 conclusion, stating it was always the plan, and she would be pleased to watch the future season “as a fan.” Aside from Herron’s departure, Loki Season 2 will also see a rearrangement behind the scenes, with head writer Michael Waldron now serving as producer and Season 1 writer Eric Martin taking over as head writer.
Despite the changes behind the scenes, Loki actor Tom Hiddleston assured that the “full cast” would return. The MCU director has now spoken out once again about her decision not to return for Season 2.
The Director of Loki Season 1 Explains Marvel’s Departure
Kate Herron, the director of Loki Season 1, spoke with Variety about the MCU series and why she won’t be returning for the show’s sequel season.
Herron initially had a “discussion” with Marvel Studios about returning to helm Season 2, but she later stated that the job wasn’t for her. The MCU director also said that the upcoming season would benefit from “having someone new and with fresh eyes”:
“I was on the program for around three years.” I really felt like I put my heart and soul into it. It’s almost like a campfire tale, with each filmmaker contributing their own interpretation and viewpoint. I really felt like I poured my heart and soul into this. ‘You know what, I feel like this was my attempt for ‘Loki,’ I said. I felt that having someone new and with fresh views would make for a fantastic season.”
Herron also recounted one of her first contacts with main actor Tom Hiddleston, recounting what occurred during a stroll in a New York City park:
“We had to communicate in code because it was Tom Hiddleston, right?” We saw a runner nearby appearing to complete warmups for a run, and we thought to ourselves, ‘This man is simply listening to us.’ As a result, we couldn’t say ‘Loki.’ ‘Arnold is going inside a unique building,’ it said.
The Loki director also remembered the first season’s last day of filming:
“We all walked inside the Citadel’s office and formed a circle.” We were all in tears because we couldn’t believe it was over. Tom gave a lovely speech, and since he’s such a sweetheart, he thanked everyone personally.” Moon Knight filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are expected to handle the bulk of Loki Season 2 after Herron’s departure.
Will Kate Herron Direct Another Marvel Cinematic Universe Project?
Kate Herron made a substantial role to Loki’s first season’s popularity, therefore her departure is a severe loss to the series. Herron’s views on “having someone new and with fresh eyes” take over the directorial reins, on the other hand, are apt, allowing the series to expand and present a new viewpoint when narrating tales.
While there are a slew of upcoming MCU projects, Herron has previously said that she is not planning to direct another Marvel film or series, instead focusing on her “own thing.” Nonetheless, considering Marvel Studios’ track record of bringing back previous directors, Herron’s experience with the MCU might indicate to a reunion in the future.
Meanwhile, Loki Season 2 is set to handle the Season 1 finale’s big cliffhanger, in which Loki lands up in an alternate TVA that is now governed by Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror.
Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, the show’s new directors, hinted that viewers may anticipate “new” and “unexpected” twists and turns as they “get to sort of do anything (they) want.” Michael Waldron, the producer of Loki Season 2, has said that he wanted to find a way to tell “a fresh tale” with Tom Hiddleston’s eponymous God of Mischief as he enters a new chapter.
Whatever the case may be, Loki Season 2 will undoubtedly push things to a whole new level.