Disney+ has confirmed that Loki is gender-fluid in the Marvel series.
The first episode of Loki aired on Disney+ on June 9, with new episodes set to follow weekly.
Loki has been a part of Marvel lore since 1962, appearing alongside Thor as the God of Thunder’s adoptive sibling.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has long been criticized for its lack of LGBTQ representation, especially when Marvel comics feature several characters on the LGBTQ spectrum — but this is a positive step forward for Marvel in terms of on-screen representation.
The confirmation of a beloved MCU character’s gender fluidity is exciting, but still barely counts as visibility. It’s crucial for queer audiences to receive more meaningful representation than throwaway hints and glimpses.
“He’s gender-fluid in the Norse mythology and the comics and it felt like an important thing to, as you say, make sure it’s canon.” director Kate Herron told Insider about the inclusion.
Out got to interview lead star Tom Hiddleston and he chatted with them about Loki’s gender fluidity, the expanding diversity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, seeing other actors’ take on Loki, and so much more!
“I’ve known about the breadth of Loki’s identity since I was the first cast as the character 10 years ago,” Hiddleston told Out when asked about the recent confirmation of Loki’s fluid identity. “Back then, I did a really deep dive into my own research and could see that not just in the comics, that’s always been there, but also in the history of the character across hundreds of thousands of years, there’s been a fluidity about Loki that I found really interesting and compelling and very much a part of the fabric of the character. It was really thrilling to get to touch on that this time around.”