We are in the final stretch before Loki premiers on Disney+ Wednesday, June 9, 2021. The reviews are already coming in and critics and fans are in love. The latest promo had a surprise in store for Marvel fans and confirmed that Tom Hiddleston’s Loki is officially gender-fluid just like his comic book counterpart.
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Marvel’s latest Disney+ original series will build on the success of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and will star Tom Hiddleston as the God of Mischief, Loki, after his escape during Avengers: Endgame (2019).
The mercurial trickster will bring chaos to Marvel’s sacred timeline as he should have died back in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). From there he will be recruited by Owen Wilson’s character Mobius M. Mobius to help fix the timeline as new variants emerge.
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Now, in the latest promo released on the official Loki Twitter Page, Marvel Studios shows fans the file that the Time Variance Authority (TVA) has on the trickster god.
— Loki (@LokiOfficial) June 6, 2021
As fans read through it, there are many details like Loki’s height, weight, and hair color. But next to gender Marvel has put “fluid”. This is pulled directly from Loki’s character in the comic books.
For a while in Marvel Comics Loki was a woman named Lady Loki after he took over the body that was meant for Lady Sif after Ragnarok. This was first hinted at in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: The Dark World (2013) when the quintessential shapeshifter briefly appeared as Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander).
It has been rumored that Lady Loki will appear in ‘Loki’ along with other variants of Loki like Kid Loki, who is also a potential Young Avenger.
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Loki was confirmed as both gender-fluid and bisexual in 2014’s Loki: Agent of Asgard, written by Al Ewing. Loki calls himself both the God of Stories and the Goddess of Stories. He had dropped the God of Mischief after his turn to the more heroic side of Marvel Comics.
Even his father, Odin, is aware of his son’s sexuality, as he refers to Thor, Loki, and their sister Angela (Hela is not their sister in Marvel Comics) as “my son, and my daughter and my child who is both.” In Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #5 as part of the Original Sin event.
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The Loki series already seems to pull a lot from the variant of the trickster that was in Marvel Comics around 2014. Ironically, Loki had been redesigned to more like Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal as Marvel fans loved it so much. There have been references to the Vote Loki series from 2016 that overlapped with the Frost Giant Prince’s time as the Agent of Asgard.
Loki’s gender-fluidity is even in line with Norse mythology, from which the Thor franchise pulls heavy inspiration. The trickster was depicted mostly as male but sometimes as female — and even gave birth. Loki’s ability to shapeshift allows him to defy expectations. And, it will be essential in his travels through historic events of the Marvel Multiverse.
It’s good to see that Marvel Studios continues to make diversity an important part of the MCU’s Phase 4 by including more characters of color like Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel and Miss America Chavez. As well as though with disabilities like Maya Lopez (AKA Echo), who will be deaf in the upcoming Hawkeye series.
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