Marvel Studios producer Victoria Alonso recently promised that more LGBTQ characters will be arriving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.

Alonso spoke with Variety’s Mark Malkin during the Black Widow fan premiere in Hollywood and asked if there would be more LGBTQ representation coming in the MCU after the company revealed that Loki was gender fluid.

(L-R): Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

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Alonso answered, “It takes time, we have so many stories that we can tell. “We will empower those that are. We’re not changing anything. We’re just showing the world who these people are, who these characters are…”

The producer continued, “There’s a lot that we have coming up that I think will be representative of the world of today.”

However, she did add the caveat, “We’re not going to nail it in the first movie or the second movie or third movie, or the first show or second show, but we will do our best to consistently try to represent.”

(L-R): Melina (Rachel Weisz), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh) in Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW, in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access. Photo by Jay Maidment. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

As for Loki being gender fluid, Alonso claimed it wasn’t a big deal.

She said, “I have to be honest with you, it’s not a big deal.”

“It is what it is when it suits the character. We’re not going to do it because it’s politically correct or incorrect. It is what it is,” she elaborated.

Alonso then proclaimed, “Don’t forget, we follow our comics. We try to follow them quite to the tee. So in the comics this is who he was.”

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Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

There’s no other way to put this, Alonso is straight up lying to Malkin. Marvel Studios does not follow their comics to the tee and they haven’t. One only need to look at a race-swapped Heimdall and Valkyrie to see that. 

If they actually followed the comics, Heimdall would be a white dude with red or black hair as he is depicted in the comics. Valkyrie would be a white woman as she is depicted in the comics.

Source: Thor #156

Not only that, but Thanos would not be wanting to kill half of all living beings in the universe in order to save the universe.

He would want to kill them in order to curry favor with the embodiment of Death.

Source: Thanos Rising #3

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Not only do they not follow the comics, the comics are also changing the characters as well.

Just to name a few, Star-Lord,  Iceman, Kitty Pryde, and Prodigy have all been retconned to LGBTQ characters.

Source: All-New X-Men Vol. 1 #40 (2015), Marvel Comics. Words by Brian Michael Bendis, Art by Mahmud Asrar

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As for Loki being gender fluid, the show actually contradicts itself in this regards.

Source: Loki Twitter

While it claimed in a promo showcasing his TVA case file that he is gender fluid, as seen above, in episode 5 “Journey Into Mystery,” Tom Hiddleston’s Loki clearly refers to himself as man while asking four other variant Lokis if they’d ever encountered a female variant before.

Hiddleston’s Loki asks, “Have any of you met a woman Variant of us?”

Source: Loki

Related: Loki Director Kate Herron Confirms Focus On Series Was To Acknowledge Loki As Bisexual

And then as for it not being a big deal, it’s hard to really believe that when the show’s director Kate Herron claimed that making Loki bisexual was one of her main goals for the show. 

Herron tweeted back in June, “From the moment I joined Loki it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual.”

“It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in MCU,” she concluded.

Source: Kate Herron Twitter

If having Loki come out as bisexual was the goal of the director of the show, one would think the character also being gender fluid would be a big deal.

What do you make of Alonso’s comments about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that it will follow the comics?

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