Loki actor Tom Hiddleston said he was pleased with Marvel Studios’ decision to address the popular villain’s gender fluidity in a new Disney+ streaming series that debuts Wednesday.
During a screening in London on Tuesday, Hiddleston noted that Loki had been portrayed as a gender fluid in Marvel comic books and in Norse mythology, where the character came from.
On Sunday, Walt Disney Co released a clip of the new series and briefly showed a prison record listing Loki’s sex as “liquid.”
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“It’s always been there,” Hiddleston said in an interview during the screening. “Loki as a character has had such a broad and broad identity. He’s always been a character that you could never pigeonhole, that you could never pin.”
“I was very happy that we could go into that in the series,” added the British actor.
Hiddleston has played Loki, the god of mischief, since his appearance in the 2010 film Thor.
The new six-episode series takes place after events depicted in the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. It catches up with Loki just after the Battle of New York when he escapes from the custody of Avengers and steals a time stone known as the tesseract.
A group known as the Time Variance Authority (TVA), which keeps events from different universes in sequence, places Loki under arrest for abusing time travel, and he is stripped of his shape-shifting powers.
“You take Loki, who always seems to be in control, and you put him in an environment where he has no control at all, no power, no potential,” Hiddleston said in an interview earlier this week.
Owen Wilson stars as TVA agent Mobius M. Mobius, who enlists Loki’s help in finding a killer who is disrupting the timeline. Wilson said he hadn’t seen many Marvel movies and relied on Hiddleston’s “Loki Lectures” to help him understand the character.
“A lot of the way we play each other off started talking about things in those early days,” Wilson said.