'Loki' Writers Planned Wild Sex Scene That Didn't Make the Cut

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday July 22, 2021

Plans for the hit Disney+ MCU series "Loki" originally included a wild montage showing the God of Mischief having sex with men, women, and even aliens... only for the sequence to be dropped and never filmed, IndieWire reported.

The bombshell revelation was part of a special on the series, titled "Assembled: The Making of Loki," in which a visit to the writers' room showed the handwritten breakdown of a montage that would have illustrated how the MCU character has universally broad tastes when it comes to sex, and isn't afraid to travel to other eras in search of a good time.

The whiteboard used by the writers can be seen sporting bullet-point notations such as "Loki visiting different time periods," "doing crazy mischief, aka sex," and other things, such as "taking power," "collecting Infinity Stones," and having "more sex, bi, alien, etc."

The glimpse into the complicated persona of the character, played by Tom Hiddleston, was similar to the way in which his being gender fluid was broached. As EDGE previously reported, that tidbit was spotted by eagle-eyed fans who noticed that a file on Loki, shown in a teaser via Twitter, specified the character's gender as "fluid." That characterization fits both the character's mythological source material and comic book depictions in which Loki becomes female, sometimes for years on end.

Fans didn't have to be so sharp-eyed when, in the third episode of the show's just-concluded first season, both Loki and a female alternate-reality version of him came out to each other as bisexual.

Fans went wild for the faithful portrayal — to the point that some of them accused Marvel of "queerbaiting" when director Kate Herron, who directed all six episodes of the first season, indicated that Loki's bisexuality might not be addressed further.

Much like the mercurial god himself, that narrative seemed to shift quickly when subsequent headlines celebrated comments from Herron that were seen as hinting at a same-sex love interest for Season 2.

The intense interest by fans of the show in its representation of Loki's LGBTQ nature has been whetted by Marvel itself, which has continually disappointed its audience in that regard. The MCU's promise of a "major gay character" in "Avengers: Endgame" turned out to be an unnamed superhero who was only fleetingly in the film. Similarly, another television property in which "Avenger" film characters were brought to the TV screen, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," was hinted to include bisexuality on the part of Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes — only for fans to have their hopes dashed.

It will likely take a year or more for Loki to return to the small screen. Meanwhile, the MCU has piqued fans' hopes yet again with the inclusion of an openly gay superhero in the forthcoming "Eternals" film. Named Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), the character is not only gay but also married to a (non-superpowered) man. How large a part Phastos will play in the upcoming film remains to be seen.

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.