Loki has been labeled many things throughout his existence in the MCU, from little brother to an Emperor wannabe, but for the first time, in 2021, incest was used to describe the character. It is all stemming from the relationship at the core of the new Disney Plus show and now Kate Herron is setting the record straight about the romance between Sylvie and Loki.
Disney Plus is the new destination for all things Marvel as in 2019 we got a look a numerous show coming to the platform. Loki was one of multiple shows that was announced for the streaming service. As part of Marvel Phase 4 the show was also responsible to introduce a larger concept at play for the MCU moving forward.
In doing so, we were introduced to the concept of Multiverse and the idea of variants. There was just not one unique person in the universe, instead variants of a every single being in different worlds was possible. Stemming from that concept came the introduction of the female Loki aka Sylvie and by the end of the first season Loki was totally in love with her, causing a controversy in some section of the fanbase.
Loki and Sylvie Romance Controversy – Showrunner Dispels “Incest” Talk
One thing we never saw in Marvel movies featuring Loki was the god of mischief showing compassion or love towards anyone. He had a larger goal in mind and each step he took was a step towards fulfilling his end game. Remember that scene from Thor where Tom Hiddleston’s character asks Thor what happened to him on earth and if the change in his personality was because of a girl he met on Midgard.
The disdain in Loki’s voice was apparent, so it was more than surprising that the same character was turned into a mush ball in a span of 6 episodes, thanks to the introduction of Sylvie. The female version of Loki (don’t tell her that) first intrigued and then swooned a helpless Laufeyson, culminating in some interesting moments featuring the two characters.
Sylvie is an alternate version of Loki, a variant for be more precise, according to the show’s description. She is introduced in the second episode of the Disney Plus show and by the fifth episode, they were both in love. It was a unique development of story for Loki, falling in love with another version of himself, and that same romance resulted in a controversy.
Some sections of the internet fanbase were disgruntled that their favorite character was turned into a puppy eyed lover boy. Then the Sylvie and Loki romance controversy started as some considered the two be almost brother and sister. While they may all be Lokis, choosing different paths in their lives, the showrunner explained to Polygon, all of them are different.
She explained, “My interpretation of it is that they're both Lokis, but they aren't the same person. I don't see them as being like brother and sister. They have completely different backgrounds and I think that's really important to her character. They sort of have the same role in terms of the universe and destiny, but they won't make the same decisions.”
“[The show is] looking at the self and asking 'What makes us us?' I mean, look at all the Lokis across the show, they're all completely different. I think there's something beautiful about his romantic relationship with Sylvie, but they're not interchangeable," Kate Herron gave her point of view.
It is foolish to think that Loki and Sylvie are brother and sister. They are the same person from two different multiverses, a meeting that should not have taken place turned into love. It is an expression of self-love between the two, for so long they have hated everyone and everything around them, this was the first time Sylvie and Loki could really have feelings for someone.
At the core it is true that Loki always loved and cared about himself and his well being so falling in love with another version of himself is just a physical manifestation of his thoughts. They are not brothers and sisters; it is simply stupid and unnecessarily complicated way of looking at a nice little development into Loki’s story.
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