Tom Hiddleston discusses why it was important for Marvel to make Loki openly queer in the MCU when Loki came out as bisexual in the Disney+ show. Tom Hiddleston has explained why the Marvel Cinematic Universe made Loki openly bisexual in his spinoff show, Loki. Hiddleston first appeared as the Norse god in Kenneth Branagh’s 2011 Thor, and has since appeared in five other MCU films. This past year, Hiddleston starred in the Disney+ exclusive series Loki, which followed the eponymous anti-hero as he traverses multiple timelines with the Time Variance Authority.
In both Norse mythology and in several comic book versions, Loki is queer, with several incarnations of the character being genderfluid. While Loki’s sexuality was never alluded to during Hiddleston’s run in the MCU films, his Loki was revealed to be bisexual in the Disney+ series. During a conversation with Loki’s female counterpart from another timeline, Sylvie, Loki is asked if he’s taken an interest in any ‘would-be princesses’ or princes – to which Loki simply responds by saying “a bit of both.”
In Variety’s Apple TV+ exclusive show, Actors on Actors, Hiddleston discusses Loki’s newly-revealed sexuality with actress Lily James. Hiddleston says that Loki’s sexual and gender fluidity came up often when he was initially researching the character for Thor and that this fluidity isn’t something the MCU has shown in stories before. Hiddleston also admits that briefly mentioning Loki’s bisexuality is a small step but that the MCU is headed in the right direction to represent more queer stories. Read Hiddleston’s full reflection below:
“Back from my early days of researching the character in the ancient myths, the identity of Loki was fluid in every aspect and in gender, in sexuality. It’s a very ancient part of the character and I think I thought about it. … It hadn’t emerged in the stories we’ve told. And I was really pleased and privileged, actually, that it’s came up in the series. It’s a small step. There’s so much more to do. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe has to reflect the world we live in. So it was an honor to bring that up. It was really important to me. It was really important to [director] Kate Herron and [showrunner] Michael Waldron, and I’m pleased that we could bring it into our story.”
Loki and Sylvie in Lamentis
While Hiddleston admits that he was pleased to incorporate Loki’s queerness into the MCU, not all fans were so pleased. Critics called the reveal minor and dismissive and said that the MCU was patting itself on the back too much for a mere four words of representation. They also called attention to how important Loki’s genderfluidity is to his character – both in mythology and in the comics – and how by separating Loki and Sylvie into separate characters, only for the two to eventually fall in love with one another, Loki failed to represent the god’s genderfluidity.
The MCU has gotten into hot water before for their lack of LGBTQ+ diversity and for their feeble attempts at representation. However, Hiddleston has clearly done his homework on the character and was proud to portray even a small portion of Loki’s queer identity. While Loki coming out on-screen was not done to the caliber that many LGBTQ+ fans had hoped, both Hiddleston and the Loki team seem to be very on board with exploring more of Loki’s sexuality and gender identity. With Loki season 2currently in production, and the MCU gearing back up after the pandemic slumped their film releases, there will hopefully be more opportunities for Loki’s queerness to be explored on-screen in a meaningful way.