The budding romance between Multiverse variants Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia di Martino) has caused something of an uproar among certain Marvel fans. Now, Disney+ series Loki director Kate Herron is directly addressing claims from these disgusted fans that the Sylvie and Loki kiss in the Loki finale was borderline incest.
Even TVA Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson) judged Loki for the touching moment he shared with Loki variant Sylvie on the moon of Lamentis-1 in the final throes of an apocalypse. In Loki Episode 4, “The Nexus Event,” Mobius unpacks the moment the Loki variants tenderly touched hands as the cause of a Nexus Event, saying:
“Two variants of the same being, especially you, forming this kind of sick, twisted romantic relationship? That’s pure chaos! That could break reality.”
The Loki & Sylvie kiss in the Loki finale really creeped out some Marvel fans
In Marvel’s Loki finale, when Sylvie and Loki shared a romantic kiss, some Marvel fans took to social media to freak out over the perceived ickiness of the Loki variant love connection. Twitter user alfie expressed his disgust with the Marvel Cinematic Universe — while also being mindful of not blowing any Loki spoilers — saying:
“#loki spoilers… i literally looked away when sylvie kissed loki it was disgusting yikes ew naur i almost gagged. i know sylvie was trying to deceive loki so she could get him out of the way but still. yikes”
i literally looked away when sylvie kissed loki it was disgusting yikes ew naur i almost gagged. i know sylvie was trying to deceive loki so she could get him out of the way but still. yikes
— alfie ☻ (@mycrumbrella) July 14, 2021
Twitter user jorja shared an image of Miss Minutes in a threatening position brandishing a weapon presumably at Marvel Studios, saying:
“who ever at marvel wrote that sylvie kiss better count their days #loki”
— jorja⧗ (@catwsenthusiast) July 15, 2021
Some Marvel fans just refused to believe the incestuous kiss of Loki variants happened at all, liking their own mental gymnastics to a heavy scene from the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in two years, Marvel’s Black Widow (2021) featuring Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) and Yelena (Florence Pugh). The Tweet reads:
“cw//#loki spoilers. me trying to convince myself the loki [and Sylvie] kiss didn’t happen”
— river (@yelenqvision) July 14, 2021
Loki director Kate Herron doesn’t see Loki and Sylvie as “brother and sister”
In a new interview with Polygon, Loki director Kate Herron says she’s actually been following the social media backlash to the Loki and Sylvie kiss, though she’s been hesitant to weigh in on the matter, stating:
“I follow all the conversations on Twitter. I don’t always weigh in on them, because I made the show, so they don’t want me weighing in like, ‘Actually, guys…’ I think that’s the whole point of art. It should be up for debate and discussion.”
Despite her misgivings on explicitly explaining her work, Herron went on to do just that. Sharing her interpretation of the controversial kiss, she elaborated that she did not see the romance between Sylvie and Loki as one of incest, saying:
“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. 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 Nexus Event
Loki variants Loki and Sylvie just touching hands, or even developing a full-on attraction to one another wasn’t the thing that caused the Nexus Level Event that allowed the TVA to lock on to their location on the moon of Lamentis-1 — but rather a symptom of the true cause. The theme of season 1 of Loki could be interpreted as “identity.” The series presents the idea that Lokis exist in the Sacred Timeline for one reason — to create chaos and havoc while remaining irredeemable and alone. These Loki variants showing that they could actually care for and support one another is off-script for the Sacred Timeline held in place by Kang variant, He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors).
You can re-watch Jonathan Majors’s stunning Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Kang variant He Who Remains and catch up on every Loki variant of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — like Classic Loki, Kid Loki, Boastful Loki and fan-favorite Alligator Loki — on the Disney+ series with all six episodes of Marvel’s Loki Season 1 now streaming. You can also catch a behind-the-scenes special Assembled: The Making of Loki, also now streaming on Disney+
Elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — or Multiverse — Black Widow is now available to watch in theatres and to buy on Disney+ Premier Access for $29.99. Marvel’s What If…? is next up, premiering on Disney+ on August 11. Marvel’s Phase 4 rolls on with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) will debut in theaters on September 3, Eternals (2021) will bow on November 5, while Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel are set for Disney+ premiers later in the year. Marvel’s highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theatres on December 17.
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