Tom Hiddleston started his cinematic career in Joanna Hogg’s films Unrelated and Archipelago. He is most recognized for his role as Loki in the 2011 Marvel Studios blockbuster Thor and that launched him onto another level. Tom recently stated that he hopes Loki’s coming out as bisexual was ‘meaningful.’
Tom Hiddleston has spoken out on the revelation that his Marvel character Loki is bisexual, saying he hopes it was “meaningful.” In episode three of the Disney+ series Loki, Tom Hiddleston’s titular character is shown discussing their dating history with Lady Loki AKA Sylvie.
Sylvie says: “Must’ve been a would-be princess or perhaps, another prince?” to which Loki replies, “a bit of both, I suspect the same as you”, implying he has had both male and female partners in the past. Hiddleston discussed Loki’s transition from film to television in an interview with The Guardian.
“I was just really honoured to be asked. We all wanted to retain the integrity of the character – I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose the bits that people loved, while doing something new.”
“I also hope Loki coming out as bisexual was meaningful to people who spotted it. It was a small step, and there’s further to go. But it was definitely important to all of us.”
Many people welcomed it, but not everyone agreed. It’s A Sin and Queer As Folk creator Russell T Davies described it as “pathetic. It’s a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told.”
It comes after Benedict Cumberbatch criticized “repressive regimes” that ban films with LGTBQ+ characters after Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness was banned in Saudi Arabia, allegedly due to a 12-second scene in which new character America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) refers to her “two mums.”
“Their lack of tolerance is exclusionary to people who deserve to be not only included but celebrated for who they are, and made to feel a part of a society and a culture and not punished for their sexuality.”
“We still have to fight, we still have to push for inclusion and equality and I’m very glad in a small way but on a very big canvas, Marvel and Disney are doing that.”
Let’s wait and see what happens. Loki’s revelation doesn’t change a ton about his character, but it certainly gives a ton of subtext to some of his iconic moments in the MCU. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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