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Loki made waves within the MCU due to its affirmation of Loki’s bisexuality, thereby making Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief the franchise’s first brazenly queer protagonist. This was the reason for a lot celebration from followers, though the way in which his coming-out was dealt with wasn’t unanimously praised. Many felt that the exploration of Loki’s sexuality being confined to a single scene — the entire thing’s over and completed with in 27 seconds flat — did the character a disservice.
One of these critics embrace incoming Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies. The It’s a Sin creator blasted the Disney Plus collection for boiling down its LGBTQ+ illustration to “one word.” Davies acknowledged, “He said the word ‘prince,’ and we’re meant to go, ‘Thank you, Disney! Aren’t you marvelous?’ It’s a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told.”
Davies’ heated response ruffled some feathers among the many fandom, and now Loki director Kate Herron has responded to his ideas on the scene. Herron — who’s handing over the reins of the present to Moon Knight‘s Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson for season two — admitted to Variety that she somewhat agrees with Davies on the subject, although she’s nonetheless pleased with what the collection managed to realize. As she put it:
“I don’t disagree that there should be bigger stories being told, but — and I think he has a right to his opinion — I’m very proud of what we did in the show. Russell is a hero of mine, but like I’ve said, I hope that we did at least open the door and that more stories will come.”
It appears that Herron, who identifies as bisexual herself, may be very a lot in Davies’ camp on the necessity for extra overt queer rep in mainstream productions like a Marvel present. Likewise, it’s good that she’s not taking Davies’ feedback personally as the author’s drawback is clearly with Disney and never the artistic workforce. Nevertheless, Loki deserves its credit score for breaking a significant milestone for the MCU, even when the studio nonetheless has an extended method to go on that entrance.
Those left annoyed by Loki‘s handling of its queer rep may be interested in Thor: Love and Thunder, which sees Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie on the hunt for her queen, coming to theaters on July 8.