Watch: Tom Hiddleston Says He's 'Pleased' His MCU Character Loki Is Officially Gender Fluid

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday June 17, 2021

"Loki" actor Tom Hiddleston says he's "pleased" his character is finally and officially gender fluid, Buzzfeed reported.

Only now that Loki, the trickster god from the MCU films, has his own television series has the character been confirmed to be gender fluid. It's about time, considering the comic book character has been so for decades and the god from Norse mythology even for centuries before that.

The "spinoff is taking steps toward developing [Loki's] 21st century persona in a more authentic way," notes Buzzfeed, going on to note that "Marvel confirmed the detail about Loki's lead in a trailer released ahead of the show's Disney+ debut."

Hiddleston told Reuters that the character's gender fluidity has "always been there," even though Marvel has only now gotten around to making it a story point with the introduction of "Lady Loki," an antagonist from a parallel reality, in the new series.

"Loki as a character has had such a broad-ranging and wide-ranging identity," Hiddleston said. "He's always been a character you could never put in a box, you could never pin down."

Speaking to Loki's gender fluidity, Hiddleston said, "I was really pleased we were able to touch on that in the series."

As EDGE previously reported, eagle-eyed fans spotted the official confirmation of Loki's gender fluidity in when a trailer shared to Twitter showed an image of a file on the trickster god listing Loki's gender as "fluid."

That news prompted even more excitement because previously leaked photos from the set of "Loki" showed "actor Sophie Di Martino wearing what looked like a version of the Lady Loki costume," according to the Independent. Fans buzzed about "Lady Loki" — also a character from the comics, of whom Loki, being a shape-shifter, has assumed the gender and identity in the past — being part of the upcoming series, and they were proven right.

Critics say the MCU is overdue for a major character that is not heterosexual or cisgender. "Remember when Valkyrie's bisexual scene was cut from Thor: Ragnarok?" Digital Spy lamented with regards to Loki's newly-official gender fluid status.

"Or the cringeworthy tokenism of that scene in 'Avengers: Endgame?'" the article added, referring to a touted appearance by a gay superhero who turned out to be both nameless and lost in the crowd during a blink-and-you-miss-it appearance.

Digital Spy also pointed out the "queerbaiting" controversy that embroiled the premiere of another MCU television project, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." Early hints suggested that the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, would be bisexual in the series, but that did not come to pass.

An out, married superhero will be part of the mix, however, when the Phase Four MCU film "Eternals" is released in November.

Reports say that "Loki" will be greenlit for a second season.

Watch the clip of Hiddleston's comments by following this link.

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.