Loki made Marvel Cinematic Universe history with his third episode Wednesday, revealing that Tom Hiddleston’s main character is bisexual – and series director Kate Herron couldn’t be happier.
“From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to recognize that Loki was bisexual,” Herron wrote in a tweet after the episode’s release. “It’s part of who he is and who I am too. I know it’s a small step but I’m happy, and my heart is so full, to say it’s now Canon in #mcu.
Loki’s bisexuality was confirmed in a conversation with the female time-skipping variant, who is called Sylvie (as in Marvel Comics character Sylvie Lushton, also known as Enchantress, possibly ?). As their discussion revolved around love and their romantic partners over the years, Sylvie asked Loki, “What about you? You are a prince. They had to be potential princesses. Or maybe another prince.
“A bit of both,” Loki replied. “I suspect the same as you. But never anything… ”, and Sylvie finished,“ True. “
Sophia Di Martino, who plays Sylvie in the Disney + series, quoted Herron’s post on Twitter and added, “And look at that beautiful lighting,” noting that the colors highlighted in this scene match the hues of pinks, purples and blue views on bisexual pride. flag.
With this pivotal conversation, Loki became the MCU’s first openly bisexual character. In the comics, he’s pansexual and genre fluid, the latter having been made MCU canon in a Loki teaser released before the show’s first episode.
The recognition of Loki’s bisexuality is especially notable given the MCU’s blatant lack of LGBTQ representation. While the upcoming Eternals movie (released November 5) will feature Marvel’s first openly gay superhero in Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos, previous MCU films have been accused of direct washout, that is, to portray canonically queer characters as heterosexual, like Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie. Additionally, the high-profile gay character who was slated to appear in Avengers: Endgame was ultimately revealed to be an anonymous participant in Steve Rogers’ post-Thanos Snap support group (played by co-director Joe Russo), who briefly mentioned that he went on a date with another man and only appeared in this scene.
With the release of Episode 3 on Wednesday, Loki is now halfway through his run, and Loki and Sylvie are reunited – spoiler alert! – trapped on the moon Lamentis, which is on the verge of apocalyptic catastrophe. Loki, Sylvie, and other inhabitants of Lamentis attempted to lift off from the moon before it was destroyed by a nearby planet, but the escape ship they planned to use for their escape was demolished by a asteroid, foiling their plan.