Loki Is ‘an Alien in Space’ and Could Be Pansexual, According to Fans
The new Disney+ series Loki premiered in June 2021. The series centers around Loki, the God of Mischief himself. While the Marvel character died in Avengers: Infinity War, he is very much alive in this new sector of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this new Universe, fans get to see a different side of Loki, including a complete exploration of the character’s gender identity and sexuality. Read on to learn more about Loki, its inclusion of LGBTQ+ representation, and what fans have to say about the labels, bisexual and pansexual.
The genderfluid God of Mischief
In the MCU, it’s time travel that allows for the creation of the Loki series. The last time fans saw Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the God of Mischief was slain by Thanos at the beginning of Infinity War. While the character of Loki is dead in the present time, the other Avengers have gone back to 2012 to search for all six stones in their proper year. In the 2012 reality, Loki is very much alive. A mishap occurs when the Avengers travel back to 2012 and Loki is able to sneak away and open up a new timeline to exist in. This new timeline is where the new Disney+ series picks up.
In episode 1 of Loki, along with learning that Loki is alive, we learn that the God of Mischief is genderfluid. This information is displayed on his TVA intake papers, noting the character’s sex as fluid. While Loki has already been revealed as genderfluid in the Marvel Comics, this is still a huge revelation. This is the first time in the MCU that Loki’s gender has been disclosed as being genderfluid. This revelation was huge for fans looking for LGBTQ+ representation, as Loki became the first genderfluid character to be incorporated into the MCU.
Loki’s sexuality was revealed in the Disney+ series
Along with finally acknowledging Loki’s gender identity, the MCU has chosen to explore the character’s sexuality in the new Disney+ series. In the third episode of the new series, a scene between Loki and Sylvie reveals that Loki is bisexual. In a moment of conversation, Sylvie asks Loki about his past relationships and if he’s ever had one with “would-be princesses or perhaps, another prince.” Loki confirms Sylvie’s suggestion by responding with, “A bit of both.”
As with the character’s gender identity, Loki’s sexuality had already been revealed as bisexual in Marvel Comics. However, the scene between Loki and Sylvie was the first time Loki’s sexuality has ever been addressed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While many fans are thrilled with this official LGBTQ+ representation, others are unsure of why Marvel writers revealed Loki as bisexual rather than pansexual.
Fans think Loki could actually be pansexual
After Loki’s sexuality was officially revealed in episode 3, fans took to Reddit to further discuss the matter. One fan questioned, “I really wonder why they chose to go with bisexual. Given that he’s an alien in space, I would think he’d be Pan.” With Loki’s ability to shape shift and fluctuate between gender, coupled with the fact that he has been in relationships with individuals of various gender identities, it does seem plausible that Loki could be pansexual.
While some fans found the writing of Loki as bisexual questionable, other fans seemed to understand Loki being represented as bisexual in the MCU. In regard to Loki being represented as bisexual rather than pansexual, another fan wrote, “Easier to represent/relate to, I suppose.”
Still, other fans believe that Loki’s scene with Sylvie does not reveal if he identifies as bisexual or pansexual. with another fan writing on the forum that, “He could technically be either.”
Regardless of whether Loki identifies as bisexual or pansexual, Marvel fans can simply enjoy having a main MCU character identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.