More LGBTQ+ representation was requested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A Disney+ promo for the new Loki series revealed that the God of Mischief is gender fluid and that the original comics contained an important aspect of his identity.
The viewers might have missed the detail that broke the barrier. The preview quickly displays this on the file TVA visible towards the clip end. Loki’s time variance authority (TVA) You will notice that Loki’s gender is labelled as ‘Fluid’ if you look closely.
— Loki (@LokiOfficial) June 6, 2021
Why is it necessary for things like these to happen?
The representation of LGTBQ+ people in the entertainment industry is crucial. It’s not only important for the LGBTQ+ community, but also for allies and those who want to learn more about this group. Representation has been a major issue in Hollywood since its beginning and it still continues to be a problem today. Recently, there have been many changes with representation due to social media campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite that are pushing forward change with their power.
Without representation, we can’t understand what life feels like for members of the LGBT community which is why representation in film and television is so necessary.
Many people believe that representation is the key to changing society’s views of marginalized groups. In order for films and television shows to be more diverse, there needs to be a significant shift in how productions are made. We need directors who care about creating stories with LGTBQ+ characters instead of just casting them as background extras or one-dimensional stereotypes. There also needs to be more inclusion behind the scenes which would include hiring writers, producers, editors, etc. from LGBTQ+ backgrounds so they can tell their own authentic stories and create opportunities for themselves in Hollywood by telling those important narratives.
Coming back to the point,
How Marvel develops this in the new series is unclear. In other MCU showings, like Thor and Avengers, Loki’s gender expression was never discussed: Endgame – maybe because of its relatively minor character. With Loki as stand-alone, this new 6-episode Disney+ series allows viewers plenty of time to learn more about the favourite God of Malice of everybody.
In teasers, Tom Hiddleston is brought to the TVA headquarters, a group that monitors time in the Marvel films and is accused of “crimes against the sacred chronology.” Mobius Agent, played by Owen Wilson, gives Loki a choice either to fix or to get rid of the timeline. The series will send Loki on a history adventure to help keep time flowing correctly – but who does this time know what the well-known trickster has to do.