'Loki' Officially Bisexual As of Episode 3

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday June 24, 2021
Originally published on June 24, 2021

Halfway through the six-episode inaugural season of "Loki," Tom Hiddleston's trickster god has been confirmed as bisexual, becoming the first character in the MCU to be canonically established as LGBTQ.

"The reveal shouldn't be a surprise because in the comics, Loki is both pansexual and gender fluid," notes The A.V. Club. "Now, in episode three, titled 'Lamentis,' Loki casually states he is bisexual, too."

The series follows the title character — played by Hiddleston, who also portrays Loki on the big screen — as he diverges from history (and one of the "Avengers" movies) by using an alien artifact. That act violates the integrity of time, which is guarded by the Time Variance Authority. Rather than execute Loki, the agency uses him to track another rogue "variant": A female version of himself from a parallel reality.

In the episode, Loki and Lady Loki — also known as Sylvie (Sophia di Martino) — chat about their respective sexual histories, as CNET details, and that's where Loki's bisexuality is specified and made canon for the first time.

Series director Kate Herron took to Twitter after the reveal to underscore that the dialogue establishing Loki's LGBTQ status was very much part of Herron's vision for the show.

"From the moment I joined Loki it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual," Herron tweeted.

Fans praised Herron's tweet, the episode's cinematography, which was drenched in purple lighting, and the use of the song "Demons," performed by out lesbian singer Hayley Kiyoko, in the episode's opening credits.

The reveal comes in the wake of Loki being confirmed as genderfluid in a trailer that preceded the series premiere. Hiddleston recently said he was pleased about Loki's gender fluidity, telling Reuters that Loki has "always been a character you could never put in a box, you could never pin down."

"I was really pleased we were able to touch on [Loki being gender fluid] in the series," he added.

The comic book version of Loki has been genderfluid for decades, even shape-shifting into female form for extended periods of time. The god from Norse mythology upon which the Marvel character is based has been depicted as genderfluid and bisexual for centuries.

Though Loki is the first MCU character "to be made canon," as CNET notes, there had been plans to similarly establish another MCU character as bi. "In 2019, Tessa Thompson revealed that her character Valkyrie had a female love interest in 'Thor: Ragnarok,'" the outlet recalled.

As per CNET's article, two scenes indicating Valkyrie to be bi were deleted from the film in the editing process, leaving Valkyrie's LGBTQ status out of MCU canon.

MCU fans have been teased and left frustrated for years about hints of various characters being LGTBQ.

Later this year, an out, married superhero will become part of the mix in November's Phase Four MCU film, "Eternals."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.