Just in case anyone missed it…!
I… am torn. Because let’s face it, they haven’t decided that Loki is bi, they have simply decided to acknowledge more of the source material than other writers/producers/directors/companies have historically acknowledged whenever they borrow a character who has non heterosexual leanings. Often, they’re more than happy to erase sexuality in the name of ‘marketability’.
ALSO. I’m not really a fan of one of the first (not the first obviously, but we still live in a world of single digits) openly bisexual comic/movie characters (and yeah this is 616 but let’s face it, he’s hugely popular with non comic fans b/c of MCU and there’s a lot of crossover in terms of readers/popularity) being that morally ambiguous and in terms of MCU downright badguy material. (Yes he has good reasons for doing terrible things, but that doesn’t excuse it.)
Like. Okay. Anyone who knows anything about the mythology Marvel is borrowing from are like “really? he’s bi, I’m so shocked, also he had sex with a horse, are we gonna talk about that too?” in other words, bisexual still really doesn’t encompass the whole of Loki’s sexual history. So in reality, the bisexual tag really feels like an incredibly tiny concession in the face of a much larger sexual identity world.
BEYOND THAT, is anyone else super surprised that an early canonically bisexual is SUPER MORALLY AMBIGUOUS at the best of times? I mean, he’s a TRICKSTER. HE’S SO TRICKY! LOOK AT HOW HE’S TRICKING US WITH HIS SEX!!
This is why, I think, the idea of a bisexual Steve Rogers really picked up so fast, b/c no one can argue he’s a bad guy. He’s a hero, with moral lines he doesn’t cross without serious, serious reasoning and provocation, and even then, not so much. Because sex, historically, is used as a way of moralizing about the enemy. Female badguys often are SUPER SEXUAL in badtouch creepy ways. Often when a badguy!Woman uses sex to seduce the good guy it is viewed as VERY different than if a badguy!Man seduces the woman. Beyond that bisexuality is often used as a code word for slutty. Slutty is often a trait given to bad guys, because slutty is a code word for morally bad.
So. Yay more bisexuals in visible roles, but boo for choosing a stereotype.