Words: Alastair James; picture: Disney+
The director of Marvel’s and Disney+’s show, Loki, has said that the god of mischief could get a boyfriend in season two.
It was revealed in the show’s third episode that Loki, played by the dashing Tom Hiddleston, was not only gender-fluid but also bisexual.
The show’s first series has come to a conclusion today (14 July) without much development on these revelations, but the director has come out saying that there is hope for the future.
“We should be acknowledging this”
Speaking to Collider, Kate Herron, who identifies as bisexual, said the reveal of the character’s bisexuality wasn’t a big deal as it’s canon in the comics.
“He's being written as bi and also pan, and I just wanted to make sure that we were acknowledging that aspect of his personality. Because the whole show is about Loki's identity, and it felt like, well, we should be acknowledging this.”
She added that she wanted to normalise it without any fanfare around the moment in the show. “If someone asks me, I would just be very matter of fact about it. I think that was really important to us, just normalizing the fact of him being like, 'Yeah, a bit of both.' That for us felt very important.”
Asked if she could imagine "a sequence where Tom Hiddleston actually has a romantic connection with a man," Herron said: “If it's canon and it's acknowledged, then yeah I hope there's obviously more road to travel with that aspect of his personality. And I hope it has opened the door to more stories, definitely.”
The director has previously said that making the character bisexual was her “goal” from the get-go. She tweeted in June: “From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial 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 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.”
From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial 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 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 💗💜💙 pic.twitter.com/lz3KJbewx8— Kate Herron (@iamkateherron) June 23, 2021
Moments such as these could be seen as a continued move from Disney to improve LGBTQ representation. It's attracted controversy in the past for promoting LGBTQ characters, who turn out to be minor characters or extremely subtle nods.
Ahead of the release of the last film in the Star Wars saga, The Rise of Skywalker, director JJ Abrams said: “In the case of the LGBTQ community, it was important to me that people who go to see this movie feel that they’re being represented in the film. I will say I’m giving away nothing about what happens in the movie. But I did just say what I just said.”
This turned out to be a very literal-blink-and-you-miss-it moment, with two characters lightly kissing in the background.
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