Unlike the previous two Thor movies, Thor: Ragnarok will spend less time on Earth and broaden its scope to other areas of the Nine Realms. This, of course, includes Thor’s homeward Asgard, where we’re expected to reunite with several of Thor’s people. Actress Jaimie Alexander mentioned last year that her character, Lady Sif, would be one of the Asgardians returning, but now she’s not so sure.
During her video Facebook Q&A yesterday, one viewer asked Jaimie Alexander if Sif will have any kind of role in Thor: Ragnarok. This was her response:
Am I in Thor 3? I get asked that every time I do this! I actually don't know. I have no idea. I'm guessing no? But I'm not sure, because nobody's told me. I have no clue.
This is a turnaround from when Jaimie Alexander said last year that she’d definitely be in Thor: Ragnarok, and that Sif would have a "pivotal role." Either she’s just playing coy with the fans or her status with the movie somehow changed in the last nine months. The blockbuster did hire a new writer last December, so perhaps the story changed enough that Sif no longer had a part. With principal photography kicking off in Australia this June, she'll will find out one way or another if she’s participating.
Jaimie Alexander's Sif made her first MCU appearance in 2011’s Thor as one of the God of Thunder’s closest allies in battle and traveled to Earth to bring him back to Asgard when he was de-powered. She returned in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World to help Thor break Loki out of prison and co-deliver the Aether to The Collector in the mid-credits scene. In addition to the Thor movies, Sif also appeared in two episodes of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Considering how important Sif is in Marvel’s Thor mythology and how the Ragnarok event directly implicates Asgard, one would think she’d make some kind of appearance, but then again, the MCU always likes to take weird turns.
If Sif doesn’t appear in Thor: Ragnarok, at least she won’t be the only MCU Thor character not returning. Stellan Skarsgård recently confirmed that he won’t appear as Erik Selvig in the third Thor installment, though he didn’t rule out showing up in Avengers: Infinity War. Ray Stevenson also expressed doubt if he would return to play Volstagg, one of the Warriors Three. So far the only returning character officially confirmed for Thor: Ragnarok besides the God of Thunder himself is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, though Anthony Hopkins is rumored to reprise Odin. Cate Blanchett has been added as the villain Hela, while Thor’s allies Bruce Banner/The Hulk and Nick Fury from the Avengers movies will also have key roles.
Directed by Taika Waititi and written by Stephany Folsom, Thor: Ragnarok lands in theaters on November 3, 2017.