But not only is Loki no longer the next show on the docket, it even has company in terms of receiving a second season.
Marvel Announces Surprise Marvel Disney+ Series
While audiences fully expected Loki Season 2 to be the MCU's next Disney+ show, Marvel Studios just announced that I Am Groot Season 2 is coming to the streamer next month.
Therefore, I Am Groot is the first in-universe MCU series to air a second season, now making Loki the second, while What If...? will likely be the third.
Many of Marvel's other Disney+ shows that were previously slated for 2023, like X-Men '97, look to be delayed to next year. Therefore, those anxiously anticipating Loki Season 2's release won't have any other major Marvel projects getting in the sophomore run's way once I Am Groot drops on the service.
Marvel Studios posted the announcement of I Am Groot's new run of episodes on Twitter, which reads as follows:
"Groot returns in one month for a treemendous fresh batch of shorts! Check out the new poster for Marvel Studios’ 'I Am Groot' Season 2, streaming September 6 only on Disney+"
Like Season 1, I Am Groot Season 2 also consists of five shorts featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Baby Groot.
Check out the full trailer below.
Does I Am Groot Season 2 Hint at Future Guardians Projects?
While I Am Groot's Season 2 reveal, and its impending release, is unexpected, the God of Mischief isn't the only reason.
Perhaps I Am Groot is a way for Marvel Studios to continue revisiting this character and to target younger audiences, even after the events of Vol. 3?
Conflicting comments from Gunn and the creative team behind I Am Groot leave its canon status to the MCU unclear, but the time period that the show encapsulates at least allows Marvel Studios to continue the character in some form without directly impacting Gunn's vision for his trilogy.
Season 2 of I Am Groot could also serve as another sign that Guardians of the Galaxy projects after Vol. 3 aren't quite over just yet.
While James Gunn has left to explore all aspects of DC, Marvel may still be keen to delve into future movies and shows with the space-faring heroes, particularly with the tease of a Star-Lord movie at the very end of the Guardians threequel.
It's something to watch in the months and years to come. But for now, it's safe to say that Loki, Mobius, and Miss Minutes will have to share the Disney+ spotlight - and the rare honor of a second season - in the coming weeks.
I Am Groot Season 2 arrives Wednesday, September 6.