The MCU failed Lady Sif in Thor: Love and Thunder, which only continues a terrible trend that has been going on for almost a decade.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its expansion and with that comes more characters – heroes, villains, and allies – but that has also made it forget about some of its best characters, as has happened with Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander), who the MCU has been failing for years. The MCU is going through many changes now that the Infinity Saga is over, Thanos is gone, and the original Avengers team is no longer around, and while it’s continuing the stories of some of its most popular characters, it has also been leaving many behind, raising many questions about their stories.
Among the heroes from the MCU’s Phase 1 who continue to be an active part of this universe is Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the first character to get four solo movies, though his most recent adventures saw him teaming up with other characters. Thor made his MCU debut in 2011 and went on to team up with the Avengers in four adventures, the biggest ones being Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Thor’s fourth movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, caught up with the God of Thunder after the events of Endgame and saw him working with the Guardians of the Galaxy before reuniting with Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and Jane Forster (Natalie Portman), who became Mighty Thor, and together they went after Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) to stop him from killing more Gods. note: One Piece Film Red (2022) Ganzer Film
Thor: Love and Thunder also marked the long-awaited return of Lady Sif, the Asgardian warrior who is a close friend of Thor and the late Warriors Three, and who had been absent from the MCU since Thor: The Dark World in 2013. However, Sif’s return was disappointing and very brief, and while it set up a bigger role for her in the future of the MCU, this universe keeps failing her, and it’s unclear what will happen to her next.
Where Did Lady Sif Go In The MCU?
Lady Sif made her MCU debut in Thor back in 2011, and she was present at Thor’s coronation, which was interrupted by an attack from the Frost Giants. Sif later followed Thor, Loki, and the Warriors Three into battle against Jotunheim for what they did in Asgard during Thor’s ceremony. Once in Jotunheim, she slayed many Frost Giants until they were all outnumbered, and luckily for them, Odin arrived right on time to save them. During Thor’s banishment, Sif tried to convince Loki, who had now taken the throne of Asgard, to bring Thor back, but he refused, so she and the Warriors Three disobeyed the new king and went after Thor, who was now on Earth, and together they fought against the Destroyer. Sif returned in Thor: The Dark World, where she was seen fighting against Marauders in Vanaheim alongside Thor and the Warriors Three. Sif later defended Asgard from the Dark Elves during the Sacking of Asgard and freed Jane Foster, and while Thor, Loki, Jane, and Volstagg left, she stayed to battle the Einherjar. Sif appeared in the post-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World, where she and Volstagg took the Aether to The Collector (Benicio del Toro). After that, Sif appeared in the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the show is no longer considered canon. note: Bullet Train (2022) Ganzer Film
Lady Sif was absent from Thor’s third solo adventure, Thor: Ragnarok, due to scheduling conflicts as Jamie Alexander was shooting the TV series Blindspot, and what’s known about her between Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder is that she was banished by “Odin” (Loki in disguise, as he took his father’s place at the end of Thor: The Dark World) when she returned to Asgard, and she was one of the many victims of Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War, returning five years later in Avengers: Endgame after the Hulk reversed the snap. Thor: Love and Thunder failed to address where Lady Sif had been and what she had been doing after being banished from Asgard, and only revealed that, at some point in 2024, she learned about Gorr and went after him, but she lost an arm while battling the God Butcher.
Lady Sif Should Have Been In Thor: Ragnarok
Although Lady Sif has never been a main character in the MCU, her absence in Thor: Ragnarok was definitely felt, more so as the Warriors Three were included in the story, although briefly. The Warriors Three did their best to defend the Bifrost Bridge and Asgard from Hela’s attack, but they were all killed by Thor’s sister. Lady Sif should have been in Thor: Ragnarok simply because Asgard was in danger, and throughout her appearance in the MCU, she had consistently demonstrated that she is one of Asgard’s most loyal and fearsome warriors, and it’s hard to believe that, even though she was banished, she wouldn’t have returned to help her people and save her homeworld. Lady Sif in Thor: Ragnarok would have also set the basis for an interesting team-up with Valkyrie, giving the MCU more time to explore their dynamic. note: DC League of Super-Pets (2022) Ganzer Film
Among the most exciting and intriguing announcements when Thor: Love and Thunder was in development was Lady Sif’s return, as she had been gone for years, it was unknown what she had been up to since The Dark World, and the mystery only grew after she was left out of Ragnarok. It was theorized that Lady Sif had been hunting Gorr for years and thus she was going to be the one who brought his murder spree to Thor’s attention, joining him, Valkyrie, and Mighty Thor in their battle against Gorr. This turned out to be only partially true, as she had been going after Gorr but only recently (it’s important to remember that the MCU is no longer set in the present due to the time-jump in Avengers: Endgame, so Love and Thunder is set in 2024), and while she did bring his actions to Thor’s attention, she was left severely wounded and stayed the rest of the movie at the hospital in New Asgard, recovering. Thor: Love and Thunder wasn’t the exciting return of Lady Sif that was widely expected, and the MCU once more failed her by ignoring her story and her contributions to Thor’s story.
Will Lady Sif Return In The MCU’s Future?
Lady Sif was seen one more time at the end of Thor: Love and Thunder, where after Gorr had been defeated and Thor had returned to New Asgard (with his adoptive daughter Love, Gorr’s daughter who he brought back from the dead thanks to Eternity), Sif had decided to stay and train the Asgardian children alongside Valkyrie, and among her trainees is Axl, Heimdall’s son. Sif could now have a bigger role in the MCU as she has found a new home and a new purpose in New Asgard, and could even end up becoming queen of New Asgard alongside Valkyrie, who is still the king. Thor is expected to return in one more adventure as part of the “Ragnarok trilogy”, meaning that Love and Thunder won’t be the last time the audience visits New Asgard, so there’s still hope for more Lady Sif in the MCU, and hopefully, all those questions about her life between The Dark World and Love and Thunder will be solved. note: Hatching (2022) Ganzer Film