Loki showrunner addresses the Sylvie “incest” controversy
So, Loki is finally over and almost all of the sane Marvel fans fell in love with the show. It opened the gates to a new battle of a higher scale within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or I should say ‘Multiverse’. However, the show did not come without its flaws and one particular controversial matter has fans quite intrigued. It was the Loki-Sylvie incest, or “selfcest,” plot. Now, showrunner Kate Herron has addressed this controversy in detail.
While talking to Polygon, Herron said that their love was not incest at all, saying that the two Lokis were not related and have different backstories. Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie might have the same role in the universe, but they are two entirely different persons. Therefore, their love does not qualify as incest, saying:
My interpretation of it is that they’re both Lokis, but they aren’t the same person. 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.
Furthermore, Herron also emphasized that their relationship was not meant to be a typical romantic interest, but a search for self and to love yourself as a person. Despite being the same person, Loki and Sylvie are not interchangeable, as Herron continued:
[The show is] looking at the self and asking ‘What makes us us?’ 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.
Loki and Sylvie were not incestuous, but their romances could have been handled better
In our review of Marvel’s Loki, we emphasized that we couldn’t find anything in their relationship that hinted towards incest. They were not blood relatives and lived in two different universes. Moreover, there is no moral basis upon which we can judge the two of them, as it is impossible that anything like that could ever happen. It hasn’t happened yet in human history, and in all likelihood, will never happen until the end of time. Therefore, any outrage over this is senseless.
That said, the writers could have handled it a bit better. Their interactions were cute but it felt like the side characters were forcing their relationship upon the viewer. That gave the impression that their love was inorganic, and not well written. Therefore, any criticism about handling their stories better is valid. After all, Loki does deserve love even if it comes from himself. What are your thoughts on this as well as the incest criticism? Let us know in the comments below.