Loki director approaches ‘incest’ storyline in the Marvel series

Loki brought time travel frenzy, convoluted bureaucratic associations and a brand-new villain to oust Thanos as Marvel’s next huge terrible. However the most eyebrow-raising presentation of the Disney Plus series? A romantic fling between Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and a Loki variation (Sophia Di Martino). Also known as a female version of Loki, their relationship of sorts labeled by some as “incest.”

Actually, Loki and Sylvie aren’t brother and sister, however various versions of a similar individual. Some have labeled this “self-cest” (simply check Twitter). Fortunately, Kate Herron, director of each of the six episodes of the first season (a second is being developed), has stepped in to clear the air.

“My interpretation of it is that they’re both Lokis, but they aren’t the same person,” Herron said in a recent interview with Polygon. “I don’t see them as being like brother and sister. They have completely different backgrounds … and 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.”

Herron added that the relationship represents “self-love.”

“[The show is] looking at the self and asking ‘What makes us us?'” Herron said. “I mean, look at all the Lokis across the show, they’re all completely different. I think there’s something beautiful about his romantic relationship with Sylvie, but they’re not interchangeable.”

This is what series maker Michael Waldron – who’s likewise the co-author for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – needed to say about the romantic relationship.

“That was one of the cruxes of my pitch [for the series], that there was going to be a love story,” Waldron said in an interview published on Marvel.com. “We went back and forth for a little bit about, like do we really want to have this guy fall in love with another version of himself? Is that too crazy? But in a series that, to me, is ultimately about self-love, self-reflection and forgiving yourself, it just felt right that that would be Loki’s first real love story.”

Herron added that there could be no better match for Loki than himself.

“Who’s a better match for Loki than himself? The whole show is about identity. It’s about him and he is on a very different path, and he is on a different journey. He sees things in Sylvie that he is like, ‘Oh, I’ve been there. I know what you feel.’ But she’s like, ‘Well, I don’t feel that way.'”

“And I think that was the kind of fun thing about it. She is him, but she’s not him. They’ve had such different life experiences. So just from an identity perspective, it was interesting to dig into that.”

The next Marvel show on Disney Plus is What If…? The animated series shows up on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

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