The best bit of news that I saw today? That Sif is headed back to AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D! I'll admit, I wasn't a fan of the storyline of her last episode, although she kicked major butt, but I'm always here for more Sif. Plus, the second season of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. has been firing on all cynlinders.
Here is what Marvel and the S.H.I.E.L.D showrunners had to say regarding her return to the show:
With new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” coming back Tuesday, March 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC, our heroes won’t be the only ones making a come back!
Jaimie Alexander reprises her role as the Lady Sif from the Thor films with this season’s twelfth episode, marking her second appearance in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Now, Sif has returned to Earth with a new mission that has her coming across our Agents’ path yet again!
We spoke with series Executive Producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen about Sif’s return and what it means for our heroes as they face their place in an even bigger universe than they ever imagined!
Marvel.com: How early in the planning for the season did you guys talk about bringing Sif back for another round?
Jed Whedon: We knew some of the stuff that was going to unfold in the middle of the season, so we had our eye on it early. [Jaimie] is, first of all, a pleasure to work with, so we’re not scared of it. As we expand the universe, those sort of elements from far, far away feel like they have a place here. Maurissa Tancharoen: Having her on the show last season definitely had an impact, and like Jed said, she is just a joy to work with. We were definitely anticipating involving her in the second season.
Marvel.com: When Sif came around last season, the characters hadn’t encountered that many super powered beings. They had a few, but at this point we’ve got someone with powers actually on the team. How has that changed the overall dynamic of Sif and everyone else?
Maurissa Tancharoen: Well, last time we encountered her, she was basically hunting down a rogue Asgardian, so we know right off the bat that her purpose here is otherworldly. Where we’re leading in the second half of the season, we may be using Sif as a sort of catalyst to open up where we’re going.
Jed Whedon: And Asgardians have knowledge that humans do not, and perhaps she will share some of it with us.
Maurissa Tancharoen: Yes, perhaps she will shed some light on questions that we may have.
Marvel.com: As you guys are introducing more elements, from Inhumans to the return of Sif, your canvas is growing bigger and bigger with every episode. As you’re introducing these new elements from the larger universe, how do you look to balance that with the grounded character dynamics you’ve established over the last year and a half?
Maurissa Tancharoen: That is something that is very important to us, the roots of their relationships. And I think you’ll see, emotionally, how it affects all of them as they take this new information in and their world slowly expands.
Jed Whedon: S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded both on a curiosity and a fear of all these new elements that are coming into our world, and we’ll see a lot of that reflected in our characters. Last year, in terms of our canvas expanding, we had to be very slow going about it because there aren’t a lot of heroes [or] powered people in the movies. There are very few. As we’re slowly getting into the back half of our season, they start to pile up. You start to see more and more options and more and more places you can go as more movies come out. But as Maurissa said, it’s very important to us that our show is founded on this idea, “Not all heroes are super.” So it does throw a wrench into the works when powers enter our team, and when the answers come, sometimes it’s not an answer you want to hear.
Marvel.com: What is it about Sif, both her character and her connection to the larger Marvel Universe that allows her to play so well in the world that you guys have created?
Maurissa Tancharoen: Well, you put Asgardians and humans together and it’s hilarious. There is a fish out of water quality to her, but again, she is a fierce warrior, so she has pride. Her language is different, so not only is she a commanding presence but there’s lots of room for humor. If you put Sif and Coulson in conversation, there’s lots of fun to be had.
Jed Whedon: And like Maurissa was saying, she’s a fierce warrior [who] takes herself pretty seriously, as do all Asgardians. So it’s fun to put her next to Coulson, who doesn’t take himself as seriously.
Marvel.com: When you’re adding more characters like Sif, as well as Skye’s powers and more Inhumans, what can we look forward to in terms of ramping up the spectacle of the show, for lack of a better term, in the second half of the season? Maurissa Tancharoen: We can’t say too much.
Jed Whedon: I will say, this is still long form storytelling and a part of the emotional journey we want to take our characters on, so we want to take them on all the different stages of any sort of emotional process. We’re not going to come out and say, “It’s a feature film where everybody has powers!” We still want to tell the story of, “What is it like for a human being to experience this? What is it like for a friend when you change? What is it like for someone who has never seen an alien to experience them coming to Earth?” We still want to tell those human stories.
Maurissa Tancharoen: As much as there will be spectacle, there will be a balance of what it means to our characters. I think the biggest payoff will be just that, how it affects our characters, how it affects the dynamics between them.
Jed Whedon: Hopefully the payoff will be emotional.
Marvel.com: To wrap things up, given this is the first otherworldly or powered being our team meets after Skye undergoes her transformation, is there anything you guys can tease about what Sif’s presence might mean for Skye in the upcoming episode?
Maurissa Tancharoen: It’ll mean something significant for her.
Jed Whedon: The more that these things are connected, if you pull on a string it starts to hurt everybody. We’re at a point where no one can be affected by something without everybody else being affected. It will mean something not only to Skye, but to everyone.
Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” beginning Tuesday, March 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC!