As we’ve been told many times now, Thor: Ragnarok is a complete reinvention of the God of Thunder’s solo franchise, sharing little in common with the tone of the two movies that went before it. Mostly, that’s proven to be the right move, as the threequel is earning stellar reviews across the board.
However, something that’s got Thor fans miffed is the absence of Lady Sif. Though Jaimie Alexander was previously reported to be appearing in the film, we now know that she’s not involved. So, what gives? Well, apparently, it simply came down to the good ol’ scheduling conflicts.
While talking with Yahoo! Movies, the actress had the following to say about why she won’t be showing up in the threequel.
“I was asked, but the timing of when they were going to shoot and when Blindspot was gonna shoot — it was pretty much the same time. So there was a conflict there. I was hoping for more of a notice from [the studio] so I could make it work, but it was a short notice thing. They called and said, ‘Hey, by the way, would you come do this?’ I said there is no way I can make that work that fast. It couldn’t happen. They were on a different continent! So it was sad. I was bummed about it.”
Though certainly understandable, it’s a shame that they couldn’t make this work. Sif’s a hugely popular character with fans and Alexander is great in the role, so it would have been a lot of fun seeing her back on screen in the wacky and wild Ragnarok.
Still, at least we know that the character is somewhere out there, leaving the door open for her to return in the future. Most likely in either Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4. In fact, speaking at the film’s junket the other week, Kevin Feige confirmed as much, saying:
What has Loki been doing on that throne in guise of Odin? And we always liked the idea that he was doing a good job! He was doing a good, but shortsighted job. The trains were running on time, but he wasn’t paying attention to anything else going on in the universe or in the realms.
So that was always one idea. And the idea that he would have to get rid of Heimdall, because Heimdall can see everything. That was an idea, and probably the Warriors Three, to discount them… which is probably an answer to a question I’ve been asked a few times today: Sif was probably banished. She’s off somewhere.”
Thor: Ragnarok is now playing overseas and will land in US cinemas on November 3rd.