The calls for more LGBTQ+ representation in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe have been answered. A Disney+ promo for the new Loki series revealed the God of Mischief is gender fluid, carrying on an important aspect of his identity that was present in the original comics.
As ComicBook.com reported, viewers could have missed the barrier-breaking detail. The preview shows it quickly on Loki’s Time Variance Authority (TVA) file, visible toward the end of the clip. If you look closely, you’ll notice Loki’s sex is labeled ‘Fluid’.
Years of speculation makes this confirmation no surprise for Marvel’s comic book fans. The 2014 comic, Loki: Agent of Asgard hinted at the God of Mischief’s non-binary identity when their father, Odin, referred to Loki as his “son” and “daughter.” The shapeshifter even appeared further back in 2008’s Thor: Volume 3 comic as ‘Lady Loki’ after taking over a human body.
The trickster’s gender-fluid status represents new possibilities for the future of queer characters from Marvel Studios. And the crossover of Loki’s non-binary identity from comics to the Cinematic Universe has been announced just in time for Pride Month.
It is unclear how Marvel makes this development in the new series. Loki’s gender identity was never a topic of discussion in his other MCU appearances, such as Thor and Avengers: Endgame–perhaps because he was a relatively minor character. This new six-episode Disney+ series, with Loki as a stand-alone, gives viewers plenty of time to learn more about everyone’s favorite God of Mischief.
In the teasers, the Tom Hiddleston character is taken into the TVA headquarters, the organization that monitors time in Marvel’s movies, and charged with “crimes against the sacred timeline.” Agent Mobius M. Mobius, played by Owen Wilson, gives Loki a choice to either help fix the timeline or be erased from existence. The series will send Loki on an adventure through history to help keep the time flow correct—but who knows what the well-known trickster has up their sleeve this time.
Directed by Kate Herron from a screenplay by writer Michael Waldron (known for Rick and Morty), the series is set to release on Wednesday, June 9 on Disney+. Along with Owen Wilson, Hiddleston will be joined by other great actors like Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku.
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