Loki's Latest Teaser Reveals the God of Mischef May Be Gender-Fluid
Ahhh, Loki. The Norse God of Mischief, Thor's moody younger sibling, and certified gender-fluid icon? On Sunday, the official Twitter account for Loki, the upcoming Disney+ series centered around the beloved villain, seemingly affirmed the titular character's status as a member of the LGBTQAI+ community in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it detail appearing on a copy of their Time Variance Authority file. While much of Loki's details are redacted – hopefully filled with fascinating tidbits we'll come to learn in the show – the section featuring the lead's sex is visible and clearly listed as “fluid."
Despite this low-key (or should I say Loki) reveal making headlines at major news outlets like CNN, this information likely comes as no surprise to Norse mythology enthusiasts or readers of the Marvel comics. Although Loki has long been regarded as bisexual in the context of Norse mythology, according to comicbook.com, back in 2017, Al Ewing, author of Loki: Agent of Asgard also confirmed the villain is also a member of the LGBTQAI+ community within the comics. “Yes, Loki is bi and I’ll be touching on that,” Ewing explained in a now-deleted Tumblr post. "He’ll shift between genders occasionally as well." Considering this long history of queerness, it seems fans are both excited and curious about this announcement in the context of the MCU, questioning how this will impact the character and the series ahead.
“On the one hand its cool that a pause-and-zoom or you'll miss it trailer shot confirms Loki's genderfluid/nonbinary in the MCU but on the other hand I'm def not getting excited/praising it until I actually see how it's executed in the show and how present it is onscreen,” wrote @lilcatgirlnissa alongside a screenshot of the file.
Meanwhile, others were incredibly excited to see representation on screen. “Y'all have no idea how much I've been wanting something mainstream to have a gender-fluid main character For the MCU to finally incorporate Loki's fluidity,” wrote @JeremyNoirVA. “I'm legit emotional.”
Alongside this celebration, others noted that the form may not be a confirmation of anything at all, noting the differences between sex and gender. "I want to stop posting for a second and direct you to the fact that it says "sex: fluid" this isn't a confirmation that Loki is genderfluid since we all know that sex ≠ gender," noted @DAILYAV3NGERS.
According to the UK's Office for National Statistics, while sex is something that is assigned at birth, gender is much more complex, based on "a social construction relating to behaviors and attributes based on labels of masculinity and femininity."
“Gender identity is a personal, internal perception of oneself and so the gender category someone identifies with may not match the sex they were assigned at birth,” the agency noted.
So folks, with the series premiering in just two days, it seems we won't have to wait long to learn more about what this reveal entails – our savior is (almost) here.