Marvel has confirmed that Loki is gender-fluid in the upcoming Disney+ series, Loki.
Just recently the show’s official Twitter account posted a new promo for the highly-anticipated show, which will feature Loki as a genderfluid character.
The promo opens with an image of a messy desk. There’s a small stack of police files on the desk with a pen, a banana and everything else that one would expect from a police officer’s desk.
However, before a few photos of the God of Mischief are thrown on top, Loki’s file contains one detail that has made fans of the comic book antihero very excited.
Loki’s sex is listed as “fluid”.
To readers of the comics and other Marvel properties, it’s a detail that doesn’t come as a surprise.
In 2014, the Original Sin comic confirmed the character’s gender fluidity as canon.
In the comic, the King of Asgard, Odin, is shown saying “my children. My son and my daughter and my child who is both”. Later on, young adult fantasy novelist, Mackenzi Lee, wrote that the adopted brother of Thor was pansexual in her 2019 Marvel-sanctioned novel, Loki: Where Mischief Lies.
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Currently, it is unknown how Loki’s gender-fluidity will be handled in the series, or if it even comes up at all.
While there has been speculation that Loki will shapeshift into many forms throughout the show (something that he is known for doing in the comics), the series director, Kate Herron, has gone on record to say that the show will not be a direct adaption of any storylines.
At the most, the show will have “nods to the comics”.
“[Loki’s story is something] we’ve not seen or read before,” Herron said when speaking to DigitalSpy.
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While keeping his lips tight on what fans are going to see, Loki’s actor, Tom Hiddleston, has been able to give potential viewers a glimpse into where Loki is at for the show.
“This Loki is the Loki who lost the Battle of New York at the end of the first Avengers film. This is the Loki who went through the story of that first Avengers film … He’s been apprehended and is being taken from Stark Tower towards Central Park. But as you see in Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers from [the future] have gone back in time to 2012 to change things around,” Hiddleston explained.
Due to the events that occurred in Avengers: Endgame, Loki obtains a Tesseract (the object linked to the magical Space Stone) and disappears. “Where he goes next is where we start [in the show]”.
Loki will be released on Disney+ on June 9, 2021.