is undoubtedly leading the Asgardian pride parade
in some other alternate timeline.
However, in this one, at least, the character played by Tom Hiddleston
was only recently confirmed to be bisexual in the latest episode of Disney
+'s "Loki," which debuted on the streaming service on Wednesday.
Spoiler alert: there are spoilers ahead!
While the god of mischief is queer and gender-fluid in comic book canon, the Marvel
Cinematic Universe has infamously lagged behind when it comes to representing the LGBTQ
community on screen, only very recently (and somewhat underwhelmingly) inserting an explicitly gay side character into 2019′s “Avengers: Endgame.”
But that all changed this week on the time-traveling series, when the titular antagonist finally met a different version of himself in the form of Lady Loki, now known as Sylvie, played by Sophia Di Martino.
While bonding over drinks and their disparate upbringings, the two quickly turned to the subject of love, with Sylvie wondering if Loki is interested in "would-be princesses, or perhaps another prince?"
“A little bit of both. I suspect the same as you,” he replied with a signature smirk, before downing another drink and remarking that he'd never had a "real" romance.
While some fans
may have missed the nod to the character's well-established identity in the comic books
, the significance was not lost on "Loki" director Kate Herron, who addressed the significance of the exchange on social media
after the episode aired.
“From the moment I joined Loki, it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual. It is a part of who he is and who I am as well. I know this is a small step, but I’m happy, and my heart is so full, to say that this is now canon in [the] MCU,” she tweeted.
I knew it was a small step, but I'm happy, and my heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu #Loki pic.twitter.com/lz3KJbewx8 — Kate Herron (@iamkateheron) June 23, 2021
Fans who have been clamoring for the character's sexuality
to be explored on screen since his film debut more than a decade ago celebrated the reveal on social media as well.
// #loki spoilers--WHEN I TOLD YOU I STARTED SCREAMING
AND CRYING JEBRGIUGHW4EIGFV24KJEFBI FINALLY SOME BISEXUAL REPRESENTATION
. THEY MADE LOKI CANONICALLY BI. pic.twitter.com/FHPxifZVvJ — lauren (@LOKlSDYAD) June 23, 2021
Loki says bisexual rights! pic.twitter.com/48Ktxg6QAP — your marvel favorite says rights!! (@mcufavsayrights) June 16, 2021
The fact that Loki is a confirmed bisexual is the best gift the MCU has ever given me. pic.twitter.com/wWyKi82YH1 — Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) June 23, 2021
#lokibash SPOILERS-------Loki being confirmed as bisexual within the show is something so personal to me, and they actually followed through and gave him a line that didn't hide anything. I can't believe I'm crying over a piece of dialogue, but it means so much to me. — Pretty.Odd
(@SAWberpunk) June 23, 2021
Marvel previously confirmed Loki's gender fluidity in a preview clip, which featured a file on the character with the word "FLUID" next to the sex category.
“It’s always been there, in the history
of the character, in the mythology, and in the comics. I was aware of it from the moment I was first cast. So it’s a thrill that we get to touch on that in some way,” Hiddleston said at a press junket earlier this month.
As the next phase of its film and television
projects unfolds, the studio has pledged to continue diversifying its superhero roster.
Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie, who has long been suspected of being bisexual, will be on the hunt to "find a queen" in the upcoming "Thor: God of Thunder," while Brian Tyree Henry's leading gay character will be featured in the much-anticipated blockbuster "Eternals