Tom Hiddleston is opening up about his Marvel character Loki’s coming out story, which brings the god of mischief closer to his comics origin.
The actor reprises his role as Loki for a new Disney+ series that bears the same name as his character.
“I was really honored to be asked,” Hiddleston told The Guardian in an interview published over the weekend of his role in the TV series. “We all wanted to preserve the integrity of the character. I wanted to make sure we didn’t lose the parts that people loved while we were doing something new.”
“I also hope that Loki coming out as bisexual was meaningful to the people who saw it,” Hiddleston added. “It was a small step, and there is more to go. But it was definitely important for all of us.”
Marvel comics portray Loki as queer and gender fluid. While Marvel Studios confirmed Loki’s sexuality in a clip released before the premiere of the Disney+ showHiddleston’s character hints that he is bisexual in a scene with a version of himself known as Lady Loki, who goes by the name Sylvie.
Sylvie asks Loki if he’s interested in “wannabe princesses, or maybe another prince.”
“A little of both. I suspect the same as you,” Loki replies.
“Loki” director Kate Herron tweeted about the conversation after the episode aired.
“From the moment I joined Loki, it was very important to me and my goal was to recognize that Loki was bisexual,” said Herron. wrote on Twitter in June. “It’s part of who he is and who I am as well. I know this is a small step but I am happy and heart is so full to say that this is now canon in [the] UCM”.