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Loki's Bisexuality Is A "Small Step" For The MCU, Says Actor

Loki's Bisexuality Is A "Small Step" For The MCU, Says Actor

In a recent interview, Loki star Tom Hiddleston spoke about the importance of portraying the character's sexuality on screen.

The Marvel universe is absolutely huge. Over the years, we’ve been introduced to so many incredible characters, including some who’ve definitely helped the franchise branch out to be more diverse, including with their representations of LGBTQ+ people. 

However, this is a lot more noticeable in the comics than it is the MCU. The recently released Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, for example, stars America Chavez, a hero who’s openly gay in the comics. However, on screen, her sexuality isn’t really mentioned at all, despite claims that the movie would be truthful to the original character

Take a look at the official trailer for Loki right here.

Last year though, in the Disney+ series Loki, we saw the titular trickster officially come out as bisexual, something which fans were super happy about. Recently, in an interview with The Guardian, Tom Hiddleston spoke about how important it was to portray his character’s sexuality on screen.

“We all wanted to retain the integrity of the character - I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose the bits that people loved, while doing something new,” he said. “I also hope Loki coming out as bisexual was meaningful to people who spotted it. It was a small step, and there’s further to go. But it was definitely important to all of us.”

As GamesRadar+ writes, Loki’s bisexuality has been canon in the comics for years now - it was confirmed in Young Avengers #15, which released back in 2014. However, it was only made official in the MCU in the third episode of the Disney+ series, during a conversation with Sylvie.

Talking about Loki’s love life, Sylvie suggests that there “must’ve been would-be-princesses or perhaps, another prince”, to which Loki casually responds: “A bit of both. I suspect the same as you.” 

Back when the episode aired, Kate Herron, the director and showrunner of Loki’s first season, tweeted out that it was very important to her to make Loki’s bisexuality canon, as it’s a part of who she is, too: “From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual,” she wrote at the time. “It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu.”

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