You have to learn to love yourself before you can love someone else. And sometimes you will meet an alternate reality version of yourself and fall in love with yourself and them because they are you. In Loki, now available to stream on Disney +, we’re told it might shatter reality when two variations of the same person form a romantic relationship. I mean, sure, it’s taboo, but it’s 2021, folks. Live and let live and let Loki love Loki. This is the general philosophy that the cast and crew of the show seem to be embracing.
Here’s what they have to say about the latest developments in Loki’s love life.
Showrunner Michael Waldron on Loki as a Love Story
Our full opinion on Loki, Episode 4, “The Nexus Event,” delves into what happened on the show this week, but if you’ve been following it (spoilers here, so be warned) you will know love is in the air. Who knew that this show involving the multiverse and space lizards – or goofy androids masquerading as them – was going to be a love story? Showrunner Michel waldron, that’s who. In a new feature on Marvel.com, he explains everything:
“It was one of the main points of my argument [for the series], that there was going to be a love affair. We went back and forth a bit, like we really wanted this guy to fall in love with another version of himself? Is it too crazy? But in a show that, to me, is ultimately about self-esteem, soul-searching, and forgiveness, it just felt like this would be Loki’s first true love story.
Director Kate Herron on Loki’s Best Game
Is that a spark of cosmic romance I’m feeling or has someone just forgotten to turn off the gas stove? Lokicooking with bacon fat, everyone. The guy comes into contact with his feminine side and it turns out that the best match for him might just be his feminine self, the goddess of mischief, Sylvie (Sophie de Martino). Director Kate Herron agrees:
“Who’s a better match for Loki than himself?” The whole show is about identity. It’s about him, and he’s on a very different path, and he’s on a different path. He sees things in Sylvie that he says to himself: “Oh, I’ve been there. I know what you’re feeling.’ But she said, ‘Well, I don’t feel like that.’ And I think that was the kind of funny thing about it. She is him, but she is not him. They have had such different life experiences. So just from an identity point of view, it was interesting to dig into that. “
Tom Hiddleston on Loki’s relationship with himself
At one point in “The Nexus Event,” Loki confesses that he needs attention because he’s narcissistic and afraid of being alone. It comes as he’s trapped in a time loop where the “Revenge of the Sif,” so to speak, repeats itself over and over again. Jaimie alexandre comes back in a literal role of walking (and walking, and walking again) and it’s like the “Dormammu, I have come to negotiate!” scene of Dr strange once again.
Sif tells Loki that he deserves to be alone and always will be, but since she’s just a reconstructed memory, he basically talks to himself, telling himself he’s a horrible person. Star Tom hiddleston explains the character’s self-loathing and connection with Sylvie:
“I don’t think Loki’s relationship with himself has been very healthy. Trying to come to terms with those aspects of himself, which he was on the run from, was one way to think about it in a really interesting way. Moreover, Sylvie is not Loki. Sylvie is Sylvie. It’s interesting too. I’m really excited to see what people are saying about it.
Watch Loki on Disney + and save money on love advice books. That’s what I take away from it all, and no, I wasn’t brainwashed by a multinational conglomerate of mercenaries and neither were you. But if you don’t watch the show, you might be pruned by the sacred timeline of the water cooler discussion.
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