Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” marks the third entry in its franchise and one that changes up the tone and style of the series dramatically – to the point that some of the old elements from the previous two films are treated like an afterthought.
This is most visible in the case of the complete absence of Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander) and the all too brief appearance of the Warriors Three (Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano) who get far less screentime here than their previous two appearances.
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige has now spoken about that decision in a Q&A (via CBM), saying it mainly came down to putting the focus on the antagonist and showing the impact of her arrival on Asgard:
“Well, it was a – they, they had noble ends – mainly to serve the arrival of Hela, the arrival of the biggest villain into the MCU, who within the first five minutes destroys the hammer, kicks Loki and Thor out of Asgard, and kills almost anyone we’ve ever met before in the other movies. Which is really – we want it to start with a bang.”
As for Lady Sif, Alexander explained her absence as being one due to a scheduling conflict with the third season of “Blindspot”. She tells Yahoo Movies:
“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. So there was a conflict there. 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. It couldn’t happen. They were on a different continent! So it was sad. I was bummed about it.”
Feige has previously teased that Alexander could make a return appearance at a later date, her character having been sent on a ‘mission’ during the period of ‘Ragnarok’. “Thor: Ragnarok” is now open in cinemas worldwide bar the United States where it will debut November 3rd.