Several hours just after the third episode of “Loki” premiered on Disney+, the show’s director confirmed the titular character is bisexual, building Loki the very first queer lead character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In the episode, Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki has a conversation with Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), an alternate-reality woman edition of himself, about his really like pursuits.
“What about you? You are a prince,” Sylvie suggests to Loki. “Should have been would-be princesses. Or perhaps another prince?”
“A bit of both of those,” Loki responds. “I suspect the same as you.”
“Loki” director Kate Herron verified the character’s sexuality in a tweet Wednesday, adding that “it was quite vital to me, and my aim, to accept Loki was bisexual.”
She included: “It is a section of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small phase but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu #Loki.”
The affirmation of Loki’s sexuality will come amid fan criticism of Marvel’s lack of illustration of LGBTQ characters, irrespective of their appearance in the Marvel comics. (Comic writers experienced beforehand indicated Loki was bisexual.)
The “God of Mischief” isn’t the initial LGBTQ character to appear in the MCU.
Valkyrie, from the 2017 movie “Thor: Ragnarok,” performed by Tessa Thompson, was also confirmed to be bisexual.
“She’s bi,” Thompson wrote in a tweet at the time. “And sure, she cares incredibly minimal about what men believe of her. What a joy to play!”
Marvel’s upcoming film “The Eternals” will also feature the franchise’s first openly gay superhero Phastos, played by Brian Tyree Henry.
Di Martino also alluded that the use of lighting in the episode resembled the bisexual satisfaction flag.
“And search at that gorgeous lights,” she wrote, along with a screenshot of the scene concerning Loki and Sylvie.
Followers on Twitter reacted positively to Loki’s bisexuality.
“obsessed w the way the overall episode was bi lights” wrote @nebulasloki. “not just a scene but the entire complete world. go big or go home in true loki trend.”
“Them: ‘Why is it so important that we know #Loki is bi? It’s not applicable to the tale!’ ” wrote @CodySDax. “It’s so you study to stop getting microaggressions each and every time a queer character is permitted to exist and even casually speak about their encounters.”
“We really don’t have to justify our existence,” the Twitter user extra.
“#loki staying confirmed bisexual all through pleasure thirty day period? so correct of them,” wrote @wintersloki.