What could be better than a warrior goddess, well versed in the arts of battle, logic and compassion, who has been tasked with the glorious purpose of watching over the nine realms? When Jaimie Alexander takes the role by its chainmaille lapels and runs away with it, of course!
The beautiful and wonderfully talented actress, as highlighted earlier in Stars to Watch in 2015, the first edition of Moviepilot's new online magazine, has vehemently excelled in the role, balancing Sif's strength and mental resilience with a subtly nuanced vulnerability that is disarming enough to render the unrequited romance between the two heroes sweet, slightly abrasive yet understandable.
But, now that I'm talking about the Lady Sif and her mighty hammer wielding comrade, the romantic tension between the two has gone on to ripen significantly in Thor: The Dark World. It left me thinking "c'mon just have a little smooch, you two, and then indulge in some glorious battle." Because it's been a long time coming, and, like, she is the Lady Sif for Pete's sake!
Despite the welcomed intrusion of Dr. Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, into Thor's life, with her traits of exotic human frailties - disease, shorter lifespans and, in the words of Thor himself, being "petty and tiny," Sif would make the perfect partner and future queen of Asgard. And here are a few reasons why:
Arise, Queen Sif of Asgard
1. Before Jotunheim
When Thor is tricked by Loki into defying his father Odin's orders, the Lady Sif, the Warriors Three, Loki and Thor all head to the realm of the Frost Giants to seek vengeance for their stealthy attack on Asgard's weapons room.
Here's an extended clip of the scene:
Fiercely loyal to their realm and the king, Sif still chooses to head to the home of the Frost Giants to save her friend and the man she loves. Complicated situation, man, but she still manages to see straight through the rose tinted haze.
2. Trip to Earth
Sif corrals her friends into going down to Earth to rescue a Thor rendered mortal. Yes, Thor may have done the same for any of them, but Sif is a warrior loyal to Asgard, and isn't as reckless as him. The sheer drive and determination of the woman to, once again, defy her beloved king is pretty heartwarming, if I may say so myself.
3. Whispers in the Dark
It takes a person with great respect and a huge heart to acknowledge the one that they love has imprinted on another. Sif's brief conversation with Thor's mother, Frigga, highlights that with aplomb.
4. After Vanaheim
This is probably the most obvious one, so obvious that Thor finally realizes himself. Thor has nothing but Foster on his mind, and respectfully rejects Sif's advances. Why?! It's not as if Sif would get herself symbiotically attached to the Aether, setting off an almost cataclysmic chain of events that could lead to the destruction of the universe!
5. Trick Me Once...
All of Thor's comrades were less than impressed with Loki's antics over the past two years (MCU timeline), so it's no surprise they acted with a fair amount of disdain when he was released and used as a boon against the Dark Elves. But, if you ask me, Sif's threat definitely had the most gravitas. You wouldn't want to get on her bad side, that's for sure.
The Next Big Thing?
Expected to continue wowing people on TV and cinema with roles in NBC's Blindside and London Fields, 2015 is definitely looking to be Alexander's year. Her role in Blindside as a mysterious tattooed woman suffering with memory loss will hopefully see her returning to her badass roots.
I am a fan, and hope to see Jaimie Alexander across the screens for the foreseeable future. What about you?
And don't forget to check out our very first magazine Stars to Watch in 2015, and see if you agree with our cheeky choices!