As far as Marvel’s Loki is concerned, he is certainly one of the most specific characters in the whole franchise. Not only is he portrayed as a trickster – moreover, he is the God of Mischief – he is also one of the most layered and interesting characters as far as portrayal and development are concerned. Fans have been asking a lot of different questions about Loki and his character, different things, different concepts, but a lot of these questions and issues have been directed towards Loki’s sexuality. That is why I have decided to dedicate today’s article to this issue and give you all the answers you need.
Marvel’s Loki has been confirmed to be both pansexual and gender-fluid within the comic book canon. This question has been a hot one for years but recent stories have put a stop to the discussions by confirming Loki’s pansexuality.
In today’s article, I am going to discuss the topic of Loki’s sexuality in the comic book canon. You are going to get some examples of how his sexuality evolved throughout the years, the theories regarding Loki’s sexuality, as well as the ultimate answer to the question of whether Loki’s truly bisexual or not, as far as the comic book canon is concerned. It’s going to be entertaining so I hope you’ll enjoy yourselves!
Is Loki bisexual in the comic books?
The question of Loki’s sexuality has long been a very important one for Marvel’s fans. Loki has been portrayed as straightforwardly different, queer at moments, but his official sexual orientation has long been kept out of the spotlight, despite a variety of different clues pointing towards him being an LGBT character.
Throughout the years, two major factions in the fandom have been formed – those claiming that Loki was straightforwardly heterosexual, and those claiming that he was anything from bisexual to pansexual.
The first group focused on the comic book canon in which Loki’s partners were, in the majority of cases, women. The guy even married (although he abused and mistreated his wife) and had children, which led people to believe that, despite all the implications, he was still heterosexual. Sure, Asgardians have a very different perception of sex and sexual orientation, even Loki confirmed that in one comic, and he has certainly fathered a lot of different creatures (such as Fenrir and Jordmungand) in Odin knows what shapes and forms, but the fandom still believed he was heterosexual.
The other group, of course, stated that the implications were, of course, correct and that Loki was, in fact, anything from bisexual to pansexual. They used the same examples and his lineage to illustrate how he is a very fluid character when sex and gender are concerned, making him an ideal member of the LGBT community. So, what is true?
In 2014, writer Al Ewing said the following: “Yes, Loki is bi and I’ll be touching on that. He’ll shift between genders occasionally as well.”
Al Ewing authored Loki: Agent of Asgard, a recent comic book that officially confirmed that Loki was, in fact, bisexual. Ewing also made Loki’s gender fluidity canon, but that was something that had already been established via the fact that Loki was a shapeshifter, sometimes even appearing in the form of a woman, which is something that I have already talked about on here.
Some years later, a Young Avengers storyline was written by Mackenzie Lee additionally reaffirmed Ewing’s decision to make Loki both bisexual and gender-fluid. But, Lee went even further with this, confirming, via Twitter, that Loki was not only bisexual but rather pansexual. Since then, there have been several stories reaffirming this, most of which focused on Loki’s gender fluidity.
Examples of Loki’s bisexuality
The comic books are full of examples of Loki’s bisexuality. For example, on one occasion, he put his half-brother Thor in a dress and then flirted with him… in a way. It wasn’t actual flirting but he came rather close. Later on, he stole Lady Sif’s body and at one point even became the Scarlet Witch, which is also an example of Loki’s sexual fluidity. As the Scarlet Witch, Loki even kissed a guy – the poor guy was completely clueless – which is a solid argument for his bisexuality, since he only changed his shape, but not his perception of his own gender. He would still have perceived himself as a guy then, but only in a female body.
Is Loki bisexual in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
As far as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is concerned, the authors have been quite ambiguous about this issue for a while. Loki’s earlier appearances suggested something of the sort, but the authors never outwardly denied it or confirmed it, probably because they feared the reaction of the fans. Now, as the time became ripe, the authors also decided to define the answer.
In the third episode of Marvel’s Loki series, Loki and his female variant, Sylvie, also known as Lady Loki, have a conversation that comes to the topic of love and romance. This is how it played out:
Sylvie: “How about you? You’re a prince. Must’ve been would-be princesses. Or perhaps another prince.”
Loki: “A bit of both. I suspect the same as you. But nothing ever…”
As you can see, the third episode of Marvel’s Loki, which absolutely canon as far as the MCU is concerned, finally confirmed that Loki was, in fact, bisexual in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU never went that far to confirm his pansexuality as the comics did, but seeing that so many different iterations of Loki appeared in the show, him being pansexual is also quite plausible, despite not being officially confirmed. He is certainly gender-fluid, even species-fluid, as he has appeared in a lot of different iterations.
A complex topic for sure, but this is why we actually love Loki so much and why his character is, in fact, so interesting and so beloved among the fandom.