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Loki could have a boyfriend in season 2, showrunner hints: ‘There’s obviously more road to travel’

Emma Powys Maurice July 14, 2021
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Loki gets real with Sylvie in episode three, Lamentis (YouTube/New Rockstars)

The director of Marvel’s Loki has explored the idea of male love interests being introduced for the trickster god in season two.

Episode three of the acclaimed Disney Plus series broke new ground for LGBT+ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by confirming, once and for all, that the God of Mischief is not only gender-fluid but canonically queer.

Sadly the series drew to a close on Wednesday (14 July) without Loki exploring his sexuality on-screen – but with a post-credits scene confirming a second season on the horizon, fans are already looking ahead for the queer relationship they’ve been waiting for.

Asked by Collider (before season two was confirmed) if the next instalment could see Loki share a “romantic connection with a man”, director Kate Herron remained cryptic yet hopeful.

“Basically I don’t know plans for the future with Loki — I’m so focused on this story,” she said. “But I would say that part of my thinking was, well, if it’s canon and it’s acknowledged, then yeah I hope there’s obviously more road to travel with that aspect of his personality. And I hope it has opened the door to more stories, definitely.”

Herron, who is bisexual herself, has previously revealed that Loki’s game-changing character development was her goal from the start.

She delved further in her latest interview, explaining that everyone working on the Marvel series understood the significance of the “coming out” scene as it was filmed.

Loki coming out scene ‘normalised’ his sexuality

“I guess I would say on the creation at the moment, it’s canon in the comics, he’s being written as bi and also pan, and I just wanted to make sure that we were acknowledging that aspect of his personality. Because the whole show is about Loki’s identity, and it felt like, well, we should be acknowledging this,” she said.

“When I joined, it was very important to me, and it was also very important to the team as well, like the writers and the studio. So I think for us, it was really just about finding a moment that felt like the right moment for it. I think the train felt good to us because, it’s a very raw conversation, they’re both opening up about their lives.

“And I think we wanted to do it in a way… How to explain it? Well, if someone asks me, I would just be very matter of fact about it. I think that was really important to us, just normalising the fact of him being like, ‘Yeah, a bit of both.’

“That for us felt very important,” she continued. “I’m very proud that we got it in there and we got to acknowledge that.”

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