Marvel has confirmed that the MCU version of Loki is gender fluid, bringing the live-action incarnation of the Norse god of mischief more in line with the version of the character from the comic books.
As spotted by SlashFilm, a video posted on Twitter by the official Loki account lists the character's sex as "fluid". Take a look for yourself in the video below.
"I know how many people identify with Loki in particular and are eager for that representation, especially with this character," Waldron said. "We worked really hard."
Hiddleston added that Loki's gender fluidity has "always been there in the comics for some time and in the history of the character for hundreds, if not thousands of years." Both the comic and films have established Loki as a shapeshifter, after all, and is capable of becoming anything - or anyone. Inverse notes that Loki's appearance and gender are "constantly in flux".
But while the vast majority of Loki's transformations were usually in aid of nothing more than a quick disguise rather than actual gender expression, Inverse points out that more modern books have touched on the character's gender fluidity directly. 2014's Original Sin comic book event sees Loki and Thor explore a society led by women. When Thor tells Loki "these are fair maidens", the trickster replies "so am I, sometimes." Loki then takes on a female form and is referred to with she/her pronouns.
Later on in the same story, Odin refers to his children as "my son, my daughter, and my child who is both" - another reference to Loki's gender fluidity. Whether or not the Disney Plus show, the first episode of which is available to watch now, will really get into this aspect of Loki's character remains to be seen. Waldron would only tell Inverse that the answer "best experienced in the show, as opposed to me, a cis straight white guy giving clunky answers about it."
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