Loki episode 3 confirmed that, in addition to being genderfluid, Loki is attracted to both men and women, just in time for Pride Month.
Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Loki episode 3, “Lamentis.”
Loki’s status as a bisexual in the MCU was finally confirmed in Loki episode 3. Fittingly, this affirmation came in the middle of Pride Month, cementing Loki’s status as an LGBTQ icon. However, this revelation is not likely to play a major part in future episodes of the series, as Loki is not the most amorous character, being more obsessed with winning power than finding physical satisfaction or romance.
The confirmation of Loki’s sexual orientation comes on the heels of the series also revealing that the MCU Loki is genderfluid. Both these aspects of Loki’s character have been firmly established in the comics for many years, where Loki has freely switched between male and female forms with his shapeshifting powers and been shown to be attracted to both genders, if ill inclined to serious relationships. This is in keeping with the classical Norse myths, where Loki, while typically presenting themselves as a male, took on the form of women and, in one story, became pregnant and gave birth to Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir.
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Loki’s bisexuality was confirmed in a scene from Loki episode 3, “Lamentis,” as the Variant Loki from Avengers: Endgame tried to learn more about the Variant Lady Loki being hunted by the TVA, who identified themselves with the name Sylvie rather than Loki. After sneaking on-board a train carrying the affluent of the titular world to a ship meant to carry them off planet before Lamentis was destroyed, Loki asked Sylvie if there was “a lucky beau” waiting for her somewhere. Sylvie allowed that she had managed to maintain a serious long-distance relationship with a postman, before guessing that Loki, as a Prince of Asgard, must have known a few “would-be-princesses or perhaps, another prince.” Loki smiled and confirmed that he had known “a bit of both,” and that he suspected the same was probably true of Sylvie.
While anything either of the Lokis says about themselves is suspect (presuming that Sylvie is truly a Variant Loki) it seems unlikely that the show’s writers would bring the subject up if it were not meant to be the truth. However, the confirmation of Loki’s sexual orientation goes beyond being a reference to the comics that inspired the show. It is an affirmation to the many LGBTQ fans of the MCU, who feel a connection with Loki because of the character’s battles with identity and acceptance within their own family and their desire to prove their worth despite being different.
While this is a positive step for LGBTQ representation, it seems unlikely that Loki enjoying the romantic attentions of both men and women will play a major role in the continuing story of the Loki series. To put it mildly, Loki and Sylvie both have much bigger concerns than finding romance by the time “Lamentis” comes to a close. It might be amusing, however, if Loki and Sylvie had a one-night-stand, in the ultimate expression of Loki’s inherent narcissism. On the other hand, such a thing seems unlikely given both Variants’ trust issues, although it is a fitting symbol of Loki’s nature as a trickster that Loki literally cannot love themselves because they can’t trust themselves.
Loki releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
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