There’s a big problem with costumes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie finally recognizes it in Disney’s Loki.
WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Loki episode 5.
There are a few issues with costumes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Sylvie recognizes them in Disney’s Loki. In Loki Episode 5, Sophia Di Martino’s Lady Loki, who goes through Sylvie, learns that the victims of the Time Variance Authority’s pruning are sent into the void at the end of time. Sylvie thinks the person controlling VAT is beyond the Void, so she cuts herself off and finds Tom Hiddleston’s Loki. While the couple come up with a plan to reach out to the villain behind VAT, they also discuss other, more materialistic annoyances.
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All along Loki, there are times when the series seems like a big reflection on the MCU. Right from the start at TVA, Loki has access to his entire timeline, which appears to be Hiddleston revisiting his Marvel movie moments. At various points throughout the series, Loki and Sylvie also appear to be breaking through the fourth wall, almost acknowledging that they are on a show or that someone is watching them. The series also tries to answer Marvel’s intrigue and lingering questions. For example, he explains all the plot holes in Avengers: Endgame saying everything had to happen due to the sacred VAT timeline.
A problem with Marvel is finally mentioned Loki Episode 5. After Loki and Sylvie get together they are sitting and talking when Loki says he is cold. Hiddleston’s god of mischief conjures a blanket for himself, and he offers to conjure one for Sylvie as well. Sylvie refuses at first, saying she could use something else instead. “You could conjure a new outfit for me. You have no idea how uncomfortable something like this is,” she says. And with that, Sylvie points out a Marvel issue that goes largely unnoticed.
The MCU has a problem with their costumes, and Sylvie’s line acknowledges it. While the costumes are generally a reflection of Marvel comics, creating them in real life makes them uncomfortable and impractical. Marvel actors have spoken out about excessive sweating from filming in the heat in full suits, and bathroom breaks are unnecessarily difficult. Additionally, actress Elizabeth Olsen admitted she was uncomfortable with Scarlet Witch’s plunging neckline. Makeup also makes things worse. Many actors, including Paul Bettany and Dave Bautista, spend hours putting on makeup every time they become their superhero characters.
As uncomfortable as the costumes are, it looks like Marvel is at least making an effort to improve them. Di Martino revealed that his Sylvie costume contained special concealed zippers. These hidden zippers allow her to breastfeed her child without having to completely change her costume. Additionally, Marvel costumes are often not as heavily sexualized as they are in Marvel comics. There are obviously exceptions, like Scarlet Witch’s cleavage. However, movies often stray away from the more sexually obvious outfits. Wearing revealing outfits while fighting crime just doesn’t make sense, and it’s good that Marvel admits it. Adding zippers to Di Martino’s costume is a good start, so it looks like the studio is at least trying to save their heroes from the bad costumes.
Loki releases new episodes every Wednesday on Disney +.
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