Loki has just become the first openly bisexual character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The revelation came in episode three of the Disney+ spin-off series – starring Tom Hiddleston as the Asgardian troublemaker – when he said he likes ‘a bit of both.’
During the episode, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) asks Loki if he has ever been with ‘would-be princesses, or perhaps another prince?’ to which he replies, ‘A bit of both. I suspect, the same as you. But nothing ever…’ with Sylvie responding, ‘Real.’
Revelation: Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is confirmed as first openly bisexual Marvel character in episode three of the Disney+ spin-off series (pictured above)
Marvel writer Kate Herron then confirmed Loki’s sexuality in a tweet, saying: From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual.’
She added: ‘It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu #Loki’
It comes after Marvel had previously confirmed that the character is gender-fluid, just like in the comics.
Earlier this month, a preview trailer showed a file documenting Loki Laufeyson’s Time Variance Authority has ‘FLUID’ listed under the gender.
Confirmation: Marvel writer Kate Herron then confirmed Loki’s sexuality in a tweet (above)
Hiddleston was first seen as the character in Thor in 2011, and has gone on to appear in the role in 2012’s The Avengers, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Loki’s gender has been speculated upon in the wake of a comic book in which Odin called Loki, ‘my son, and my daughter, and my child who is both.’
The character’s gender fluidity was also topical in the 2019 book Loki: Where Mischief Lies from writer Mackenzi Lee.
Intrigue: Loki’s gender has been speculated upon in the wake of a comic book in which Odin called Loki, ‘my son, and my daughter, and my child who is both’
Groundbreaking: Loki has just become the first openly bisexual character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
‘I think queer undertones are intrinsic to Loki and his magic,’ Lee told Comics Beat in 2019.
‘Being a shapeshifter already makes him fluid, and as far back as versions of him in the Norse myths, we see Loki manipulating his gender and taking a variety of partners.
‘It would have felt disingenuous to portray him as anything else. And, while we’ve come a long way with representation in comics, we still have a long way to go. As for direct references on the page – like many people, I’m tired of queer rep being only subtext in media. We need to bring identity onto the page.