Loki is now officially bisexual and genderfluid. Here are all the times across its history that the MCU almost included LGBTQ+ representation.
Loki episode 3 acknowledged Loki’s canonical MCU bisexuality, marking a positive step forward following Marvel’s problematic history with LGBTQ+ representation in the MCU. The moment came in a conversation between Loki and Sylvie on a train as they discussed past relationships and, while the characters did not use explicit terminology in the scene, director Kate Herron followed the episode up with a tweet to confirm. The show already made headlines when eagle-eyed viewers spotted that Loki’s TVA file listed Loki’s gender as “fluid,” accepting the character’s nonbinary status from the comics, so this additional point easily solidifies Loki as the queerest part of the MCU to date.
While Marvel screen productions have included openly LGBTQ+ heroes in the past in shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Runaways, and the Netflix Marvel shows, they are not considered part of the canonical MCU for now. So, despite spanning over twenty movies and television shows prior to Loki, this is the first time the franchise has depicted any LGBTQ+ main characters. This is in stark contrast to the DC TV shows, which have become known for their wealth of LGBTQ+ representation.