Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be taking more steps to introducing established Marvel characters, which really is for the best. Last week we got our first appearance of Mike Peterson as Deathlok, and now TV Guide is giving us our first look at Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif in her upcoming AOS appearance. Show creator Jed Whedon spoke on including Alexander in the upcoming episode “Yes Men,” which is scheduled to air on March 11.
We always have our radar up for ways to tie our series into the Marvel films and bringing in an Asgardian really cements that connection. Lady Sif comes here on a hunting mission — sent by Odin — to find her arch-enemy Lorelei and bring her back to Asgard. It throws our agents for a loop when they find themselves in a fight right alongside this powerful woman from Thor’s world.
Members of the cast and crew were also amazed by Alexander’s appearance, including executive producer Maurissa Tanchareon.
Jaimie walked onto the set in full Lady Sif regalia just as she looks in the movies — from the huge, mile-high boots to the metal armor — and she towered over everyone. It was so striking and impressive, all we could do was stare. It was very cool!
Sif will be the first Marvel Cinematic Universe character to appear on the series outside of S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel. Hopefully this will lead to more characters from the movies appearing. I’m not expecting Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans to pop by, but maybe we’ll get more supporting and secondary characters weaved into different episodes. I’m still looking forward to seeing Sif fight alongside the agents. Ward and May may be adept fighters, but that pales in comparison to being an Asgardian warrior.
There’s one thing that should be noted: Whedon said that Sif was sent by Odin. As we saw in Thor: The Dark World (and if you haven’t seen it yet, you should really get on that), Thor’s conversation with Odin at the end of the film was really with a disguised Loki. It was left ambiguous whether Loki had done something with Odin was was just screwing around while the All-Father was in Odinsleep or something. Either way, someone who looks and sounds like Odin is still running Asgard, and they’re the ones who sent Sif on her mission. It’s unlikely whether we’ll get any clarification on the Loki/Odin front, but it’s something to keep in mind.
SOURCE: TV Guide