Over the weekend, eagle-eyed fans caught a glimpse of Loki’s Time Variance Authority file. On the file, Loki’s sex is marked “Fluid,” seemingly confirming long-held theories of the character’s genderfluidity. Today, Tom Hiddleston and Loki‘s head writer, Michael Waldron, confirmed to Inverse that the character is, indeed, genderfluid, and will be portrayed as such in the series.
Loki Confirmed to be Genderfluid in Loki
When asked by Inverse, Michael Waldron revealed Loki’s genderfluidity was a long time coming.
“I know how many people identify with Loki in particular and are eager for that representation, especially with this character. We worked really hard.”
Waldron wants the show to speak for itself, though, and invites viewers to watch the show and see how it’s handled. However, he is quick to credit Loki‘s director, Kate Herron, with spearheading this representation.
“I think that is best experienced in the show, as opposed to me, a cis straight white guy giving clunky answers about it. That was so important to Kate, that we did that justice. Everyone will have to watch and see.”
“It’s always been there in the comics for some time and in the history of the character for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Breadth and range of identity contained in the character has been emphasized and is something I was always aware of when I was first cast 10 years ago. I know it was important to Kate Herron and Michael Waldron and to the whole team. And we were very aware, this is something we felt responsible for.”
Loki’s History of Genderfluidity
Throughout Norse mythology, Loki constantly changes appearances. Sometimes, he’s human. Other times, he’s any one of an array of animals. Often, he portrays himself as male. But sometimes, he doesn’t. Genderfluidity is baked into the character’s history. They can be whatever they want to be.
In recent years, the Marvel comics have leaned into this interpretation of the character. Multiple titles depicted Loki as a genderfluid character. In “Original Sin,” Loki tells Thor that he’s a fair maiden too, sometimes. Later on in “Original Sin,” Odin refers to his children as “my son, my daughter, and my child who is both.” In the “Loki: Agent of Asgard” run, Odin refers to Loki as “my child, who is both son and daughter.”
It is unclear how thoroughly Loki will explore its titular character’s genderfluidity. But this reveal is in line with the character’s recent comic lines and the character’s origin in Norse mythology. It’ll be interesting to see how the MCU continues to explore everyone’s favorite trickster god.
Loki airs Wednesdays on Disney+, beginning June 9th.
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