Actor Tom Hiddleston said the character is going bisexual in the Disney+ series Loki was a “small step” forward. He said there was still a “way to go” in terms of sexual representation.
In the third episode of the series, Loki alluded to his bisexuality when he told Lady Loki that he had romantic relationships with princesses and princes in the past. The admission came after an original 18-second commercial for the show featured a dossier and dossier in which Loki’s sex was classified as “fluid”.
— Loki (@LokiOfficial) June 6, 2021
Talk with The GuardianHiddleston said Loki’s bisexuality was significant in maintaining the integrity of the character.
“I was truly honored to be invited,” Hiddleston said. “We all wanted to keep the integrity of the character – I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose the bits that people loved, while doing something new. I also hope that Loki becoming bisexual was meaningful. for the people who spotted it. It was a small step, and there’s still a lot to do. But it was definitely important to all of us.
Talk with Varietyactress Sophia Di Martino, who played Lady Loki, said series director Kate Herron wanted the character’s bisexuality to be “represented on the show”.
“I think people have been waiting for it for a long time. The comics allude to it and even Norse mythology, I think,” Di Martino said. “It’s been around for so long, and it was really important to her. to have that in the series… I have to say how happy it makes me that people are happy to see that.
Similarly, Kate Herron said on Twitter at the time that the character’s bisexuality was still a matter of importance to her.
“From the moment I joined ‘Loki’, it was very important to me, and my goal, to recognize that Loki was bisexual. It’s part of who he is and who I am too. I know that’ is a small step but I’m happy, and my heart is so full, to say it’s now Canon,” she tweeted.
From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to recognize that Loki was bisexual. It’s part of who he is and who I am too. I know it’s a small step but I’m happy, and my heart is so full, to say it’s now Canon in #mcu #Loki 💗💜💙 pic.twitter.com/lz3KJbewx8
— Kate Herron (@iamkateherron) June 23, 2021
In a later interview with Collider, Herron hoped that future episodes of the character would better explore this aspect of her personality.
“I don’t know of any future plans with Loki — I’m so focused on this story,” Herron said. “But I would say part of my thinking was, well, if it’s canon and it’s acknowledged, then yeah, I hope there’s obviously more to go with that aspect of his personality. And I hope it does.
However, Russell T. Davies, creator of the Showtime series Queer as Folkcriticized the moment as a “weak move” by Disney.
“‘Loki’ makes a reference to once being bisexual, and everyone goes, ‘Oh my god, that’s like a pansexual show.’ It’s like a word,” Davies said. “He said the word ‘prince,’ and we’re supposed to say, ‘Thank you, Disney! Aren’t you wonderful? It is pathetic. It is a ridiculous, cowardly and weak gesture towards vital politics and the stories that should be told.
LGBTQ representation in children’s shows has increased in recent years, starting in 2014 on the Disney show Good luck Charlie, which featured a couple of lesbian mothers. This was later followed by the Disney show Andi Mac featuring the network’s first teenage gay couple.
Disney then made headlines with the release of Ahead – the studio’s first animated film to feature an openly LGBTQ character.
Entering its highly anticipated “Phase IV,” the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has dramatically increased LGBTQ representation with the first openly gay superhero Phastos in The Eternalswho shared the MCU’s first openly gay on-screen kiss between two men.