Tom Hiddleston Says Loki Coming Out As Bisexual Was ‘A Small Step’ In The Right Direction

The actor admits "there's further to go."

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Marvel’s Loki star Tom Hiddleston has said the character coming out as bisexual was an important moment, but acknowledges the Disney Plus series still has “further to go.”

Loki followed Tom Hiddleston’s titular Asgardian God of Mischief as he broke away from the established events of The Avengers due to the Avengers’ time heist gone wrong, as seen in Avengers: Endgame. Loki is taken into the custody of the Time Variance Authority, who handle all so-called variants – alternate versions of living beings created by deviations in time from the pre-determined “Sacred Timeline.” The series saw Hiddleston’s Loki team up with Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie, a female variant of himself.

In the third episode of Loki, as Loki and Sylvie discussed their diverging histories, the topic of past romances came up. When Sylvie asked about “would-be-princesses or, perhaps, another prince,” Loki responds, “A bit of both.” It was a fleeting moment, which quickly confirmed the character’s bisexuality, as established in the Norse myths in which he first appeared. While it was progress towards greater representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the MCU, some fans felt the moment was too brief and carried little weight for the character.

Tom Hiddleston has now acknowledged that the moment was an understated one and that there’s still a long way to go in doing justice to this aspect of the character. However, in an interview with The Guardian, the Loki actor also expressed his hope that the moment was meaningful for viewers, saying:

“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. 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.”

Hiddleston’s acknowledgement that “there’s further to go” might suggest that Loki’s sexuality will be further explored in Season 2 of Loki. It is clear that including this positive representation in a way that remains true to the character is important to Hiddleston as an actor and to others involved in the making of Loki.

Here is the synopsis for Season 1 of Loki:

In Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Directed by Kate Herron, with Michael Waldron serving as head writer, the series stars Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

The first season of Loki is available on Disney Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming season and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: The Guardian