It's still very early days for one of the many essential Phase 3 films, [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858), but that doesn't mean that we're not already looking forward to the cosmic spectacle (and not just because Tom Hiddleston is set to return as fan-favorite Loki).
But little is known about the specifics of Thor 3's narrative, as the movie only entered pre-production in January and isn't set to begin filming until the summer.
There's been a lot of speculation about which storyline the movie will involve, but the most likely of the bunch involves the most recent occurrence of Ragnarok within the Marvel Comics Universe. This Ragnarok involves the total destruction of Asgard and its people (don't worry, Thor manages to resurrect them all upon Earth in the aftermath, because comic books).
One of the many characters involved in this iteration of Ragnarok is of course Lady Sif, who commonly appears alongside Thor and the Warriors Three. Last summer it was reported that Jaimie Alexander would be returning as the Asgardian shield maiden in what she described as a "very pivotal part," but recent news casts a huge shadow of doubt upon her appearing in Ragnarok at all.
In a new live Facebook Q&A regarding Alexander's current TV show Blindspot, she addressed a question regarding her appearance in the upcoming movie. Here's what she had to say:
"Am I in Thor 3? I get asked that every time I do this! I actually don't know. I don't know. I have no idea. I'm guessing no? But I'm not sure, because nobody's told me. I have no clue."
Alexander's comments last summer regarding her Ragnarok appearance came before What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi and screenwriter Stephany Folsom were officially on board to direct and write, so it could be that new creative decisions have removed her character from the spotlight.
But not including her in the cast at all seems like a bad choice. Not only was she a fan favorite and one of the first female superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you'd think that in a movie that concerns a war for Asgard, the filmmakers would want to get as many important Asgardian characters in there as possible.
Sif is also one of the few characters to properly bridge the gap between the Marvel TV shows and the MCU, appearing in both Thor films and ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
But it makes sense if you put stock in the rumors that Thor: Ragnarok won't actually be set on Asgard or Earth, but rather will see Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) taking a "cosmic road trip," which means it's not looking great for the number of Asgardians involved. This would take a pretty big step away from the Ragnarok narrative arc of the comic books though, so we'll have to wait and see.
We also still don't know if the Warriors Three — Fandral (Zachary Levi), Hogun (Tadanobu Asano) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) — or Idris Elba's Heimdall will be returning for the third part in the Thor trilogy. Cate Blanchett is rumored to be in talks to join the cast as the villainous Hela, but again there's no official confirmation of these facts as of yet.
Hopefully we'll learn more over the next few months, as Thor: Ragnarok is set to begin filming in Queensland, Australia this June for a November 2017 release date.
'Thor: Ragnarok' hits cinemas November 3, 2017.