Warning: Spoilers are included in this article.
The 3rd episode of Loki has just dropped on Disney+, and I'm sure we were all surprised to see Loki's sexuality at the forefront of the episode. Director Kate Herron has since addressed one of the biggest reveals in the MCU, Tom Hiddleston's Loki has been confirmed as bisexual.
The surprising moment came when Loki opened up to Sylvie on the train heading out of Laminitis. As they chatted over drinks, Sylvie tries to get a deeper understanding of Loki's love life and what really makes him tick. She subsequently asks the God of Mischief if he's ever had eyes for "would-be princesses or, perhaps, another prince." Loki responds: "A bit of both. I suspect the same as you."
And fans have gone wild for this revelation, especially as it was released during Pride month.
Herron revealed on Twitter that it was "important" that she made Loki's bisexuality clear in the MCU.
"From the moment I joined Loki it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual," Herron said, "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 [the] MCU."
From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual. 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 #Loki 💗💜💙 pic.twitter.com/lz3KJbewx8
— Kate Herron (@iamkateherron) June 23, 2021
This makes Loki the first major LGBTQ+ character to grace our screens as part of the MCU. However, there have been small hints that other characters could be part of the community.
As most fans will be aware, Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie said she was searching for a "queen" to rule over Asgard, which could be explored further in the sequel Thor: Love and Thunder. Avengers: Endgame. Director Joe Russo also played a small part in Captain America's therapy scene, portraying a gay man. On top of this, it has been confirmed the Eternals will feature Marvel's first LGBTQ+ kiss between Brian Tyree Henry and his on-screen husband, Haaz Sleiman.
Loki's bisexuality is important for many fans, who will finally have their identity reflected by such an iconic member. And it seems Marvel will continue to embrace wider representation within its future characters. Kate Herron has taken what she calls a "small step."
But for many, it represents the feeling of being included in part of the huge community that's just going to continue to grow. We're totally here for it!
Find out when the next episode drops with the Loki release schedule.