Loki made Marvel Cinematic Universe history with its 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 release of the episode. “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, Herron’s message tweeted and added, “And look at that beautiful lighting,” noting that the colors highlighted in this scene match the pink, purple and blue hues seen on the 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 posted before the first episode of the series.
Loki’s recognition of bisexuality is particularly noteworthy given the MCU’s blatant lack of LGBTQ representation. Although the next Eternals The film (released November 5) will feature Marvel’s first openly gay superhero in Brian Tyree Henry’s Phastos. Additionally, the high-profile gay character who was scheduled to appear in Avengers: Endgame was eventually 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 had a date with another man and did not ‘had only appeared in this scene.
With the release of Episode 3 on Wednesday, Loki is now halfway through her run, and Loki and Sylvie find themselves – 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.