"Loki" director Kate Herron has confirmed that the mischievous Marvel supervillain is bisexual.
"From the moment I joined Loki, it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual," Herron wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. "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."
Herron's announcement came shortly after the latest episode of Disney+'s "Loki" aired. In one scene, Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, is having a conversation with his new friend Sylvie, played by Sophia Di Martino, when she wonders if Loki had been with any "would-be princesses, or perhaps another prince," according to E! News.
"A bit of both," he replied. "I suspect the same as you ..."
Now that Loki's sexuality has been established, there is another question that fans are asking: is he gender fluid?
The speculation first came about earlier this month when a promo video appeared to confirm his gender identity. In the clip, Loki's details are revealed when his Time Variance Authority (TVA) file flashes briefly on the screen. In the place where it asks for Loki's sex, it reads "fluid."
This comes as Marvel seeks to be more inclusive following criticism for its lack of diversity. In 2019, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Cinematic Universe, spoke more in-depth about the topic at a New York Film Academy Q&A, according to Collider.
"When you're sitting at a table, and if everybody looks like you? You're in trouble. You're not gonna get the best story out of that," he said.
The success of "Black Panther," and "Captain Marvel," as well as the praise received for casting an Asian lead in "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," paved the way for more inclusivity.
"Every time we do a movie, we hope it’s going to succeed so that we can make another movie. That’s always the idea," Feige said. "And with those two films in particular, 'Black Panther' and 'Captain Marvel,' we wanted to keep showcasing heroes from the comics that represent the world that goes to see our movies. So our intention was always to continue to do that."
Feige added that he hoped the films would inspire other companies to do the same.
"What’s exciting is that both those movies were such big hits that it squashed any sort of question otherwise, and I hope — and I think — it inspired other companies around the world to do the same thing and tell those different types of stories."
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