Spoilers for Loki follow, read on at your peril.
Now that the hit Disney Plus series Loki is all wrapped up, fans have a fair few questions. Who exactly is Kang The Conqueror? How will the multiverse impact the MCU as we know it going forward? And is it okay that Loki and his female Variant Sylvie are clearly in love with one another?
We can answer the first two questions easily enough, and actually have right here if you'd care to read all about my wild MCU fan theories. As for the Loki/Sylvie relationship? That's a slightly trickier one. It's safe to say this particular "romance" has left fans divided. Some think it's kind of sweet that the only person Loki could ever love is... himself. Others find the whole thing pretty damn icky.
Your opinion on this budding relationship is your own, but one thing Loki director Kate Herron wants to make very clear is that she doesn't think it's gross. She'd also absolutely like to stress that the pair are not brother and sister, and it is absolutely not an incestuous relationship.
"My interpretation of it is that they're both Lokis, but they aren't the same person," Herron explained in a recent interview with Polygon. "I don't see them as being like brother and sister. They have completely different backgrounds. And I think that's really important to her character. They sort of have the same role in terms of the universe and destiny, but they won't make the same decisions."
Herron went on to argue that with so many different Lokis in the multiverse - including an actual alligator - is it really fair to say they're all the exact same person?
"[The show is] looking at the self and asking 'what makes us?'" she continued. "I mean, look at all the Lokis across the show, they're all completely different. I think there's something beautiful about his romantic relationship with Sylvie, but they're not interchangeable."
The director added that the divisive kiss between Loki and Sylvie was a tricky one to shoot because of everything it had to accomplish.
"Emotionally, from Sylvie's perspective, I think it's a goodbye," Herron said. "But it's still a build-up of all these feelings. They've both grown through each other over the last few episodes. It was important to me that it didn't feel like a trick, like she was deceiving him. She is obviously doing that, on the one hand, but I don't feel the kiss is any less genuine. I think she's in a bad place, but her feelings are true."
I still think it's kind of weird tbh. Sweet, but weird.
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