Details surrounding Lady Sif's absence in Thor: Ragnarok have finally surfaced. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige briefly addressed Sif's absence in recent weeks, however more concrete reasoning has emerged, from an interview with Lady Sif actor Jaimie Alexander.
Speaking with Yahoo!, Alexander explained her absence from Thor: Ragnarok. “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,” Alexander said. “So there was a conflict there.”
She continued, “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.”
The scheduling conflict proved too great an obstacle to overcome, despite efforts from Alexander to make it work. “It couldn’t happen. They were on a different continent! So it was sad,” she said. “I was bummed about it.”
Alexander's Lady Sif joins Natalie Portman's Jane Foster, Kat Dennings's Darcy Lewis and Stellan Skarsgård's Erik Selvig in not returning to the franchise for the third installment. Lady Sif was last seen in 2013's Thor: The Dark World and was first seen in 2011's Thor.
Alexander does remain interested in returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe again if the opportunity were to arise. “Oh, sure,” she said. “I love Marvel. I’d be happy to do other projects with them at any time. They’re a great company — I love all the guys and girls over there — they always are able to get a really fun cast for almost every project they have, which is often. And, of course, who doesn’t want to be a superhero?”
As for Thor: Ragnarok, Alexander is excited to watch it. “I’m really looking forward to seeing it," she said. "It will be nice to see all those great people in that movie. I’m super excited for it. I also heard that it’s incredibly funny which makes me really happy.”
Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3 and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, and Karl Urban as Skurge.