Marvel’s Secret Invasion concluded with a disappointing finale that highlighted the flaws of the show and its lack of Avengers and predictable twists. Just three days after the finale, Marvel started the marketing campaign for Loki season 2, which has the potential to redeem Phase 5 of the MCU.
The Flaws of Secret Invasion
Secret Invasion was not the spy thriller it promised to be and had a flawed narrative, even as a standalone project focused on Nick Fury. The lackluster finale and its minimal impact on the larger MCU made its flaws more noticeable. Additionally, the “six-hour movie” format of Marvel’s Disney+ series sometimes leads to pacing issues. Secret Invasion’s finale was poorly received, with a 13% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the worst-reviewed MCU finale.
In contrast, Loki season 1 was well-received and played a crucial role in introducing the concept of the multiverse. It directly informed the MCU’s Multiverse Saga by introducing the rules of the multiverse, variants, and the character Kang the Conqueror. The return of Loki for a second season suggests that it will continue to be an important part of Phase 5, especially considering the appearance of Loki and Mobius in a post-credits scene of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The positive reception of Loki season 1 gives hope that it can redeem Phase 5 following the disappointment of Secret Invasion.
Loki Season 2
The timing of Marvel’s marketing campaign for Loki season 2 is unusual, with the release of the first poster just three days after Secret Invasion’s finale. Normally, Disney+ focuses its marketing on a show in the month leading up to its release, but Loki season 2’s poster has been revealed two months in advance. It remains to be seen if a trailer will be released soon. The shorter window between the two shows suggests Marvel’s eagerness to move on from the poorly received Secret Invasion and regain audience excitement with Loki season 2.
Overall, while Secret Invasion fell short of expectations, the potential for Loki season 2 to redeem Phase 5 is high. Its positive reception in season 1 and its role in the Multiverse Saga make it a crucial addition to the MCU. The marketing campaign for Loki season 2 starting so soon after Secret Invasion’s finale indicates Marvel’s confidence in the show’s ability to captivate audiences and restore excitement to Phase 5 of the MCU.