Fans Accuse Marvel of Queerbaiting After 'Loki' Director Says Character's Bisexuality Won't Be Further Explored

Friday July 2, 2021

The Marvel-inspired Disney+ series "Loki" made headlines last month when it was revealed its titular character, played by Tom Hiddleston, is both gender fluid and bisexual. But now fans are accusing the studio of queerbaiting after the show's director revealed Loki's sexuality won't be explored any further in the series, reports British tabloid Metro.

At the time when Loki came out as bi in a conversation with another character in the third episode of the show, director Kate Herron took to Twitter to celebrate the character's identity.

But in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Herron was asked if the show will continue to look at "what it means for Loki to be bisexual."

"I'm trying to think how to answer your question," she said. "I would say in our story, this is how we acknowledge it. But I hope that that paves the way for deeper exploration."

Herron also said she wanted to make sure "we were just wedging something in" when Loki came out as bi.

"This episode is really beautiful for me, because it's these two characters getting to know each other, so in that sense, it felt like the right place for that conversation to happen. And I thought it was done really beautifully by the writers," Herron added.

In the fourth episode, it seems as though Loki is beginning to have romantic feelings for Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), a female version of Loki from another timeline, called a variant.

Fans were quick to take to Twitter to call out "Loki" for what they deemed queerbaiting, while others defended the show. See the mixed reactions below: