The Thor franchise has always aimed to be a fun adventure set in mysterious worlds across the galaxy. The home of the franchise, and many of the main characters, is Asgard. Among those Asgardians is Lady Sif, played by Jaimie Alexander. Sif has appeared in both Thor movies, as well as multiple episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. And later this year, Alexander is set to return for Thor: Ragnarok. If recent rumors are true, there could be some big battles that Sif could take part in. Interestingly enough, while Sif is confirmed to return for Ragnarok, Volstagg and Fandral do not yet know if they’ll appear, so we will have to wait and see just what kind of role Sif will have in the upcoming third installment.
Alexander recently talked to Variety about the character, and although she did not divulge any details about Thor: Ragnarok, she expressed how happy she has been creating and portraying Sif.
I genuinely love the character Sif. Each time I get to play her, there’s this growth in the character and we find out more of who she is. That is a blast, because I’ve been able to slowly create this woman while still taking directions from all the comic books that existed before my performance. It’s interesting that Sif has such a big backstory, whereas Jane has no backstory at all; they’re very opposite while at the same time both very tough and vulnerable. It’s a bit of a niche for me, I guess.
With Kevin Feige saying Ragnarok will feature “very little Earth”, I have to wonder if the romance between Sif and Thor will grow in the next installment. There are plenty of fans who are not fans of the way Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) has been used, so moving away from her would not be that surprising to me.
Along with talking about crafting the character, Alexander also briefly addressed a few Wonder Woman questions. If you’ll recall, when it was announced that DC would be bringing Wonder Woman to the DCEU, Alexander’s name was often tossed out regarding the role, however, as she was already under contract with Marvel, it seemed unlikely she would get the role in the end. (Of course, as you’re all aware, I’m sure, Gal Gadot ended up being cast.) For Alexander, losing the role wasn’t exactly a big deal. In fact, she even goes on to compare Sif to Wonder Woman.
You were up for “Wonder Woman,” but Gal Gadot got the part. Was that a disappointment for you?
Not at all. I’m excited to see what she’s going to do with the role. I was one of a few people that were an obvious choice for Wonder Woman, but it was never going to happen. I’m contracted with Marvel and it would (be) strange. Sif, in her way, is Marvel’s Wonder Woman. They’re both ethereal and have armor and a sword, and have special abilities; the physicality of the role is very similar. The thing I really enjoy about Marvel is that they start with a character first and all the explosions and costumes, the glitz and glam, are secondary to who the actual character is deep down. That’s something I haven’t really been able to find with DC Comics. I know that’s a bold statement, but it’s been my experience.
Thor: Ragnarok is scheduled to hit theaters November 3rd, 2017.