By now the world has seen the latest episode of Marvel’s Loki, which confirmed early theories about the mysterious assailant, according to Comicbook.com. Entitled “The Variant,” the second episode introduced Loki, the Time Variance Authority, and viewers to the murderous fugitive jumping time and obliterating the Sacred Timeline. Now that it has been confirmed to be a she, the next mystery is to place a name with the face.
According to Comicbook.com, many fans early on suspected the hooded figure, portrayed by Sophia Di Martino (Black Pond, Into the Badlands) to be Lady Loki. The comics have explored a female version of the Asgardian trickster before. And, Tom Hiddleston’s (Thor 2: The Dark World, Betrayal) Loki has been confirmed to be gender-fluid. It would appear by the crown of horns and green outfit Martino is wearing, that she very much resembles Loki’s signature attire. However, the episode’s credits could allude to a totally different hypothesis.
Comicbook.com reports Martino’s character being listed as Sylvie. When one references Marvel Comics lore, a Sylvie Lushton appeared around the time Asgard was located in America’s midwest. Sylvie was a young Oklahoman who one day woke up imbued with magical powers. Seeking to use the best of her newfound skills, she sought to be a hero and attempted to join the Avengers. Unfortunately, she wasn’t heroic material and her journey eventually took her down the opposite path. Lushton was eventually banished after trying to go by the moniker Enchantress, a name that was already being used by Amora, the original Asgardian Enchantress.
According to Comicbook.com, Sylvie’s final residence was never known, which means she could very well have been plotting this scheme for eons. It’s also important to note that her very power was created by Loki himself, essentially being a pawn to control. With this knowledge the possibilities of where the series, and the MCU, goes next are boundless.
“We want to keep building the thrill ride, and that felt like the right time to blow another big batch of dynamite,” series writer Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty, Community) said in a TVLine interview. Loki could be the spoke in the gear that sets the multiverse in motion, creating a ripple affect of madness throughout the greater MCU.
New episodes of Loki drop on Wednesday at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET only on Disney+.