When the Marvel Cinematic Universe began in 2008, it started the practice of introducing a pantheon of characters who had both their own adventures and crossover experiences. But in the early years, there was really only one kind of superhero: white, straight, and male. Since Phase 3, Marvel has started to diversify its lineup, but there are still significant gaps, including a notable lack of LGBTQ+ characters. However, with Loki Episode 3, Marvel confirmed Loki is bisexual, taking the first step in correcting that. That it arrived during Pride month was all the sweeter, especially for fans on Twitter.
Warning: Spoilers for Loki Season 1, Episode 3 follow. Episode 3 of Loki saw Loki and the woman Loki variant (who fans now know goes by Sylvie) transported to Lamentis-1. On the one hand, it was a decision that saved them both; had Loki not grabbed Sylvie’s TemPad and exited the TVA, Judge Renslayer would have slain them both. The problem, of course, is that Sylvie has been using the TemPad to hide within various apocalyptical events, and the one on Lamentis was particularly nasty. To escape, the two needed to get to an area where they could recharge the TemPad and exit the end of the world.
As they rode toward the central city aboard the planet’s train system, the two talked a little about themselves — or really, Loki spoke about himself, and Sylvie quietly absorbed the information. (As she noted later, to enchant a strong mind, she usually had to use their memories against them, and Loki provided a powerful one about his mother that will probably come back to haunt him.) But they also chatted casually, even flirting a little during their discussion of love. (What is flirting with yourself if not the ultimate act of self-love?) But when Sylvie asked if there was a potential princess of Asgard in his life — or a prince — Loki responded, “A bit of both, I suspect the same as you.”
For fans who have long suspected Loki swung however he pleased, it was a moment they’d been waiting for. And for Loki’s director, Kate Herron, it was an essential step in making Loki’s bisexuality canon within in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Twitter was overjoyed.
Loki and Sylvie’s dialogue was supplemented by some subtle details about their sexuality as well. As multiple fans noted, the lighting in the train car scene (and in the episode in general) heavily represented the bisexual flag symbol, with pinks, purples, and blues.
Even the soundtrack got involved. Episode 3 marked one of the very few times the “Marvel Fanfare” did not play over the opening credit roll. Instead, the honor went to LGBTQ+ icon Hayley Kiyoko’s song, “Demons.”
This one moment might seem like a small thing. But for those who have been looking for representation, it meant the world.
Loki continues with episodes every Wednesday on Disney+.