The fourth episode of Loki, “The Nexus event», Saw the bond of the god of mischief and his new ally Sylvie grow even stronger, as the pair contemplated their impending destruction in one of the countless apocalypses unfolding in the multiverse. While the pair of Asgardians have found themselves in similar situations on several occasions, this instance was different and gave them a reason to really think about what their crusade against the Time Variance Authority was really like.
Of course, Loki being about Loki and his many variations, neither he nor Sylvie perished on the planet Lamentis-1, but “The Nexus Event” did ends with one of them appearing to have been removed from the game board (at least for now) before the season finale.
Before the first Loki ends up being cut off by Ravonna Renslayer and sent to a strange dimension where he meets four other variations of itself, he and Sylvie share an emotional moment at TVA after taking out a number of soldiers and one of the Timekeepers, all of whom turn out to be robots. Faced with the idea that their whole fight to take the VAT was down, Loki turns to Sylvie in a moment of apparent desperation to tell her something important and sincere. While Loki doesn’t get the chance to say what he wants before he ends up getting hacked, everything about the way he grabbed Sylvie’s shoulders and looked her in the eye was potentially more than platonic. A number of fans balked at the idea of Loki featuring a romantic entanglement between Loki and a version of himself, especially after series director Kate Herron confirmed that Loki’s bisexuality will not be explored further in the last two episodes. In a new Marvel internal interview, Herron and Loki Editor-in-chief Michael Waldron has explained a little bit about the significance of Sylvie and Loki’s moment in “The Nexus Event” and how what’s going on between them is a little more complicated than two narcissistic variants that go wide-eyed.
According to Waldron, Loki has always been meant to be a love affair, but there has been a bit of debate as to whether or not Loki’s romantic feelings should be for Sylvie, especially since the creative team weren’t sure about the way that would play to the public. “We went back and forth a bit, like we really wanted this guy to fall in love with another version of himself,” said Waldron. “But in a show that, for me, is ultimately about self-esteem, soul-searching and forgiveness, it just felt like this would be Loki’s first true love story.”
There is still a debate as to whether Sylvie is really another Loki or if she could be the MCU’s take on the Enchantress Marvel comics. As many similarities as there are between Loki and Sylvie, a long scam meant to play on Loki’s innate tendency to see himself (or versions of himself) as interesting would certainly be in the character of a manipulative character. like the Enchantress. But it doesn’t matter who Sylvie is in particular, Lokireally presented her as another dangerous Loki, not by name, but through her personality and the larger frame of her identity. Herron explained that, at least so far, Loki certainly sees Sylvie as one of his counterparts, and his feelings for her are, at least partially, informed by an understanding of who he has been in the past.
“[Loki] sees things in Sylvie that he’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve been there. I know how you feel, ”Herron said. “But she said to me, ‘Well, I don’t feel like that.’ And I think that was kind of funny thing about it.She’s him, but she’s do not him. They have had such different life experiences. So just from an identity point of view, it was interesting to dig into that. “
Clearly, there is something is going on in Loki’s mind as he watches Sylvie in the closing moments of “The Nexus Event” which feels like a new kind of emotion to him. Waldron wouldn’t go so far as to make it clear that Loki wants to become a full-fledged element with her, but he suggested that whatever energy is, it’s something that TVA thinks it should be afraid of. “The look they share, this moment, [it started as] a flourishing friendship, ”said Waldron. “Then, for the first time, they both felt a pang in their hearts: ‘Oh, could that be something? After? What am I feeling? They are two beings of pure chaos who are the same person who fall in love with each other. It’s a straight, downward branch, and exactly the sort of thing that would terrify TVA.
Loki is now streaming on Disney +.
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