Loki made a rather poor attempt at describing love in episode 3 of his Disney+ series, and Tom Hiddleston breaks down what he was thinking.
Warning: This post contains light spoilers for Loki episode 3.
Tom Hiddleston explains his character’s thought process behind the love metaphor from Loki episode 3. Marvel’s latest Disney+ series is now halfway through its 6-episode run, and Hiddleston’s fan favorite character is in a very interesting place. After falling in with the Time Variance Authority to help catch a murderous Variant of himself, Loki is stranded with said Variant, Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), on the planet Lamentis, which is on the verge of total destruction. It remains to be seen just how Loki and Sylvie will escape, but Hiddleston has hinted the next episode takes things in a new direction.
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Loki episode 3, while much shorter and lighter on plot progression than usual, featured some notable character moments for the God of Mischief. For the first time in his MCU journey, Loki’s love life got some attention during a few conversations between him and Sylvie. Aside from confirming that Loki is bisexual, the episode attempted to dig into his feelings regarding love. However, after getting drunk, the best Loki can come up with is a clumsy metaphor about how love is an imaginary dagger that can harm you, but ultimately isn’t real.
Hiddleston explained how this metaphor came to be in Loki’s head while talking to Marvel.com. The actor acknowledged that it isn’t the best way to describe love, but that it fits with the character’s thought process. “It’s one of those things that Loki comes up with spontaneously,” Hiddleston said. “They were having a talk about love and trusting other people, and not being able to either love or trust for whatever reason, and Loki thinks he’s come up with something profound.” However, as odd of a description it was, it does match Loki’s own past. Hiddleston added that this “is Loki’s experience of love, I suppose. He certainly feels like it’s not been something he’s been close to. It has been some sort of illusion that he has trusted and been let down by.“
As the trickster said in Loki episode 3, he had a few dalliances over the years but nothing that was truly real. Though fans have long enjoyed filling in the blanks of his love life, the MCU has largely kept away from the matters of the heart when it comes to Loki. Whether his series could change that remains to be seen, though it should be noted that Loki writer Michael Waldron described episode 3 as “probably the most romantic episode” in the same interview. Romance could be something saved for season 2, provided the rumors of that happening are true.
Before the show began, Waldron called the relationship between Loki and TVA agent Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) as a love story, meaning Mobius is the closest Loki is likely to get to a love interest. Many have already taken the idea and run with it, and it’s certainly a fun possibility to consider. As evidenced by his shaky love metaphor, Loki doesn’t have the best track record in the romance department. Should Marvel ever desire to dive into that area with him, it will surely be a very interesting arc.
Loki releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.
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