SPOILERS AHEAD FOR EPISODE 3 OF “LOKI”
The most recent episode of “Loki” turned out to be a character piece, an episode set entirely on a moon called Lamentis-1 which is in the midst of being destroyed by the crumbling planet it orbits.
Along with a key reveal about the true nature of the TVA’s employees, the episode was mostly about the two versions of Loki (Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino) getting to know each other when not trying to kill each other.
One key scene being talked about though confirms something that has been part of the comic book’s version of the character for years and has long been speculated – Loki is bisexual (or pansexual).
Both Disney and Marvel have come under fire for their lack of LGBTQ characters in the MCU (not including that clumsy “Avengers Endgame” cameo). However they played it right here – the reveal a natural part of the conversation, done without ambiguity, and not made a focus of but rather just thrown in as another layer to a richly complicated character.
In the wake of the episode, director Kate Herron sent a tweet explaining the character’s bisexuality was a pivotal part that she wanted to define in the new series from the beginning:
From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual. 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 #Loki pic.twitter.com/lz3KJbewx8
— Kate Herron (@iamkateherron) June 23, 2021
The reveal may have also had an impact on the visuals of the episode as another element that’s being talked about is both the planet and the scene’s ‘bisexual lighting’.