In the new Marvel Studios series, Hiddleston returns as the mercurial Loki, the Asgardian god of mischief and everyone’s favorite Marvel villain, in stories that take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Kate Herron is director, Michael Waldron is head writer for the series, slated for 2021 premiere.
One source close to the production hints that Di Martino may in fact portray a female incarnation of Loki and, in effect share the role with Hiddleston. Loki is a trickster god and a shapeshifter and, in the pages of Marvel Comics, has been portrayed at times in a female incarnation. In September, Marvel Press published a high-profile YA novel by author Mackenzi Lee called Loki: Where Mischief Lies that presented the character as pansexual and gender-fluid.
Gender and sexuality are also expected to be themes in the Marvel Studios feature film Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) with Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster wielding the hammer of Thor and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie stepping forward as Marvel’s first openly LGBTQ+ big-screen superhero.
Other confirmed live-action Marvel series for the Disney+ streaming platform include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bethany.
Di Martino has been on the Disney casting executives’ radar and recently starred in the Freeform pilot Girls Code, directed by Paul Feig. She is best known for her starring role on the Channel 4 series Flowers, which was carried by Netflix, and her part in the Danny Boyle Beatles-informed movie Yesterday.
The English actress, whose casting was first reported by Variety, is repped by UK’s Hamilton Hodell, Inphenate and Hansen Jacobson.
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