An upcoming guest appearance from one of Thor’s most trusted warriors may be Marvel’s attempt to appeal to critics of its covert ops drama, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jaimie Alexander will reprise the role of Lady Sif on a future episode of the program.
One of the most common and accurate criticisms of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is that the show feels completely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Aside from a few throwaway lines that are awkwardly crammed into the dialogue every now and again, there is little evidence that the show takes place in the same world where aliens and gods have made themselves known to the general populace.
Apparently, ABC and Marvel have realized that this is a completely legitimate knock against the show and are planning to make changes to address it by including more elements from the films in future episodes. First on the docket is a visit from one of the most lethal combatants in the Nine Realms and an close ally of the mighty Thor himself, Lady Sif. Marvel announced the news in a press release a few days ago:
The Lady Sif is making a trip to Midgard, and her journey will lead her straight to our favorite Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
That’s right, True Believers, Jaimie Alexander will make a special guest appearance as Sif in an upcoming episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” reprising her role from Marvel’s “Thor” and “Thor: The Dark World”!
Last seen in “Thor: The Dark World”—now the third largest grossing Marvel Studios film—Sif has come to Earth with a very specific mission. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you just what brings her to our neck of the woods just yet.
I have to say, the brevity and coy nature of this announcement leaves me less than excited. ABC and Marvel spun this very yarn a few months ago, only to leave viewers completely underwhelmed. There was a huge press release hyping up an upcoming episode, promising that it would be directly tied to the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World. Instead, we met some characters that were about as related to the film as I am to the Hulk. Evidently, Marvel wants to preserve even the most D-List characters for appearances in the movies instead of using anyone recognizable to improve the show.
I can only imagine that instead of using this opportunity to expand on Sif’s character, the show will squander her appearance on a cheap gag. My expectations are very low, but I supposed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. could surprise me. Perhaps this is a sign that Marvel is willing to loosen the reigns on some of its characters and bolster the appeal of the program with more guest appearances.
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