In an 18 second clip promoting Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, Marvel managed to confirm that the character is officially considered gender-fluid in the series. This is going to happen fast enough that you may miss it, but Hiddleston fans can be counted on to catch every detail, no matter how many screenshots they have to take.
Check out the new promo for the Tom Hiddleston series below.
Did you catch the moment? It’s extremely easy to miss, even with a screenshot. In the Twitter post below, you can see Loki’s paperwork. Under “sex”, the sheet reads “Fluid”, with accompanying character information and a photograph of Tom Hiddleston, clearly incarcerated.
A gender-fluid Loki is nothing new, though they haven’t really put much effort into that for Tom Hiddleston’s character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. However, a Lady Loki has been common in the Marvel comics. In Norse mythology, Loki shape-shifts into humans and animals of all genders.
This clip isn’t the first hint fans have had that Tom Hiddleston may not be the only one playing Loki for the Disney+ series. Since Sophia Di Martino has been cast for the Disney+ series, but her role has not been disclosed, many have been guessing that the actress will be playing Loki at some point during the time-bending series that will be playing with the Multiverse.
It seems unlikely that Disney+ will be putting a great deal of emphasis on Tom Hiddleston’s Loki being gender-fluid. All we’re seeing in this brief clip is a notion of it on the paperwork that you have to zoom in to read, of course. At this point, it’s unclear how Loki’s gender will be handled, but in mythology, it was always a large part of Loki’s character.
The stories in Norse mythology were quite different from what we see with Tom Hiddleston today. Loki was always a trickster of course and a very fun character whenever they appeared in any stories. One of Loki’s most famous stories involves shapeshifting into a female horse. Loki is then impregnated by a giant’s stallion. At this point, Loki then births an eight-legged horse named Sleipnir, who becomes Odin’s horse. That story is fairly famous from mythology, but not likely to be a source of material used for Tom Hiddleston’s character. It does illustrate that Loki’s sex, gender, and form have all been fluid in other iterations of the character, and it would actually be strange not to dive deeper into that when exploring Loki for the Disney+ series.
We won’t have long to wait to see how Tom Hiddleston further develops this. The first episode of Loki is set to drop on Disney+ for streaming on June 9, 2021. Early reviews from critics are already starting to come in, and they’re promising. People are describing the series as a crime procedural with a unique approach to time travel. Of course, where the series will naturally shine is on the main character. This hardly surprises Tom Hiddleston’s fans, who’ve been ready to love Loki long before it was ever announced as actually happening.