Make It So: Disney+ Lady Sif

Make It So: Disney+ Lady Sif by Jerry Whitworth

As the world continues to shelter in place due to the global pandemic, entertainment has continued to be the primary escape from the harsh reality of the present situation. Streaming services such as Disney+ have had some of the greatest impact in this regard even as that same pandemic has delayed projects in development at the provider. As such, the two mystery series being produced as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the service remains yet known by the public. Recent rumors have one of these projects to be Agents of S.W.O.R.D. which allegedly will continue the adventures of Quake/Daisy Johnson (portrayed by Chloe Bennet) where has speculated on Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Invaders, and Ironheart. Another viable candidate for one of the mystery series could be Lady Sif.

Introduced in 2011’s Thor, Lady Sif (played by Jaimie Alexander) is, along with the Warriors Three, one of Thor’s closest friends. However, the character hasn’t been seen in the films since 2013’s Thor: The Dark World (with several appearances on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as the actress portraying her has been busy as the star of NBC’s hit series Blindspot. To some degree, this could have been a blessing as virtually all of Thor’s divine supporting cast from his first two films were wiped out across the span of Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). According to the directors of said Avengers film, the character of Lady Sif was one of those turned to dust by the Snap at the conclusion of the film confirming she did not simply die off screen prior. With Blindspot airing its final season, the time is then ripe for not only seeing Sif return but provide her a starring role to supplement a brand within the Marvel Cinematic Universe largely undeveloped.

While details of the upcoming film Thor: Love & Thunder are largely unknown, what is known is that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will assume the role of Thor, Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is seeking a queen, and it is believed Christian Bale has been cast as Gorr The God Butcher. These developments based on more recent stories from the comics, this leaves a vast assortment of content of the comics being leaped over. Ulik, Karnilla, Pluto, Ares, Mangog, Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, Titania, Radioactive Man, the Wrecking Crew… there are scores of Thor villains yet introduced. Arguably the greatest foe yet to emerge is Amora the Enchantress. A long time admirer of Thor, Amora hoped to use her magic and beauty to make the god of thunder love her. But the goddess’ continued manipulations only pushed Thor away even as he has shown to be romantically interested in her. Interestingly enough, Amora’s sister Lorelei has already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. portrayed by Elena Satine. Therein, she escaped imprisonment in Asgard thanks to the Dark Elves and Sif (whom Lorelei enslaved the mind of her lover in the past) was dispatched to Earth to retrieve her. The Enchantress could be an intriguing choice to be featured in a Sif series as the S.H.I.E.L.D. connection establishes a built-in backstory. What more, in the comics, Amora was a founding member of the Masters of Evil and, according to rumors, Marvel is trying to set-up the Thunderbolts¬†for the MCU. And while there are plenty of Thor villains to choose from, there’s almost as many allies.

Rumors persist that Beta Ray Bill will find his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner rather than later with hints of his emergence dropped in 2017’s Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Bill represents one of a handful of close Thor allies who developed into his one brand, even founding a team of individuals who inherited the mantle of Thor in the Thor Corps with Thunderstrike (Eric Masterson) and Dargo, the Thor of the 26th century. Arguably, the biggest solo star to come from Thor’s comics was Hercules, Prince of Power. Probably the most well known mythological hero in the Western world, Hercules was introduced in the comics as a rival of Thor. Used as a pawn of his uncle Pluto and then the Enchantress in his earliest appearances, Hercules became a mainstay of the Avengers in the ensuing years. But in keeping with the theme of the alleged intention of the Disney+ MCU series, Thor Girl maybe a better bet to appear.

When Thanos again sought the means to wipe out all life in the universe, his machinations brought him to an alien female youth named Tarene. A being of immense cosmic power, Thanos wiped out Tarene’s world and manipulated her into giving him the vast power he sought. Fortunately, an intervening Thor stopped the Mad Titan and saved the child. Thankful for the Asgardian, Tarene transformed herself in his image so far as even manifesting an enchanted hammer. Taking the moniker of Thor Girl, she became his partner and was recognized by Odin as being his son’s successor. Thor Girl became a featured character in the Initiative years later, a US run program to capture and train individuals with super powers to be deputized and enlisted as agents of law. Reportedly, Marvel is employing the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe shows to develop its Young Avengers¬†property. With Tom Holland’s Spider-Man seemingly remaining in the MCU for the foreseeable future, Letitia Wright’s Shuri’s prominence in the Black Panther franchise, Emma Fuhrmann cast as Cassie Lang in Endgame, Kate Bishop being introduced in the upcoming Hawkeye series, a Ms. Marvel series in development, and what appears to be Wiccan and Speed emerging in WandaVision as the stage is being set for the likes of Patriot, Kid Loki, Hulkling, Noh-Varr, Midnight, and Brawn, Thor Girl could be yet another young character folded into the mix. Of course, a Sif series could branch out from the norm and get really weird.

Noted a few times, there’s an alleged ulterior purpose in several of the Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe shows. In addition to developing the Thunderbolts and Young Avengers, it’s also believed they could help set-up the multiverse as the focal point of the MCU for the next ten years to lead to an inevitable Secret Wars movie(s). With the upcoming WandaVision, Loki, and What If…? suspected to be the primary sources for these developments (as the plot thread of Captain America creating a divergent timeline in Endgame dangles), a Sif series could certainly move in this direction. Noted earlier, in the comics the Thor Corps featured alternative versions of Thor with Eric Masterson and Dargo. There are many others such as Red Norvell or Puddlegulp (as Throg, frog of thunder) who also carried the mantle of Thor. In fact, during the events of the aforementioned Secret Wars, an army of Thors from across the multiverse featured prominently into the plot as the Thor Corps. Of course, taking this in another direction, the character of Hela in Ragnarok largely mashed together the comic book character with that of Angela. Originally an angel bounty hunter in the pages of Spawn, Marvel bought Angela and retroactively made her Thor’s half-sister and sister of prominent Thor character Balder the Brave. The multiverse offers an infinite number of possibilities.

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