Superhero young adult fiction novels have been gaining popularity recently, with a successful release from Marvel earlier this year and DC announcing plans to give the YA treatment to some of its biggest characters. So it is no surprise that Marvel is launching a series dedicated to its most famous villains. Three of them will be written by Mackenzi Lee, who is known for writing queer historical novels such as The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and All Out.
While Loki has been depicted as queer and gender fluid in the comics before, this part of his identity is rarely discussed and has been completely overlooked in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Villains like Loki are almost never the center of their own stories, so character development is often sidelined for the plot—even though he has made an appearance in 4 MCU films at this point and will probably play a large role in Infinity War.
Fans of the comics might know by now that Loki is canonically queer and gender fluid, but the references to his sexuality and gender identity are often subtle enough to ignore, so having a novel touch on all aspects of Loki’s identity directly would be a major win for LGBTQ+ representation. And while the novel won’t come out until 2019, this tweet from the author pretty much confirms that we’ll be getting to know the God of Mischief better than ever before.
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Source: The Daily Dot