Loki: Tom Hiddleston stars in Marvel recap trailer
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The first season of Marvel’s latest comic book miniseries Loki has just wrapped up on Disney+. Although a mid-credits stinger has confirmed the God of Mischief will be back for another round of time-hopping mayhem, many viewers will be reluctant to return after the controversial kiss in this week’s finale.
Norse trickster Loki Laufeyson (played by Tom Hiddleston) and his female variant, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), caused a stir in the Marvel fanbase with the latest episode of Loki.
After sharing a brief yet impactful moment on the doomed moon Lamentis-1, the two variants have slowly become more attached to each other over the course of the series.
With the fate of the multiverse at stake by the end of the first season, Loki and Sylvie finally shared a kiss at the edge of time.
Unfortunately, Sylvie remained true to her treacherous ways and sent her male counterpart crashing back down to the TVA.
Although their romantic exchange seemed inevitable by the third episode of the series, many Loki fans were surprised Marvel were willing to introduce such an unconventional relationship to the long-running franchise.
Several viewers even branded Loki’s narcissistic infatuation with a version of himself from another timeline akin to incest.
“Me knowing [full] well that kiss was coming even as a betrayal but I still find it disgusting,” wrote one fan on Twitter.
They then pleaded: “Please Marvel let Taika [Waititi] write and direct season 2, is it too much to ask?”
Director Taika Waititi is currently at work on the upcoming sequel Thor: Love and Thunder, which sadly won’t feature another appearance from Loki.
Another disgusted fan posted: “So they really went through with the incest?? I quit watching after episode 4.”
And a third said: “Stop. Stop this straight nonsense. It’s basically incest. I felt uncomfortable during half the episode.”
Other fans felt Loki and Sylvie’s relationship was a blow for Marvel’s LGBTQ+ representation, as the supervillain had been confirmed as canonically bisexual earlier in the series.
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“This was so f****d up,” said another disappointed Twitter user.
“As a bisexual person seeing someone in my favourite franchise be the same sexuality as me just for them to go and kiss a version of themselves is beyond f*****d up and makes me feel so s**t about myself.”
While another wrote: “Not marvel giving us self-incest before a gay relationship.”
The series was previously criticised for introducing a minor character at the start of Avengers: Endgame as Marvel’s first gay character before any major heroes or villains.
Alternatively, another viewer argued: “I don’t get why everyone is up in arms about the kiss.
“1) It’s not incest. 2) It was literally a distraction for Sylvie. That makes it all the more painful for Loki. 3) Loki is showing genuine emotion.”
For now, it isn’t clear if Sylvie has genuine feelings for her male variant, although their touching moment in the previous episode certainly suggests this could be the case.
Reactions to the episode were still positive overall, especially following the introduction of Jonathan Major’s as Marvel’s new baddie, He Who Remains aka Kang the Conqueror.
Loki season 1 is available to stream on Disney+.
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