The other day it was reported that British actress Sophia Di Martino (Yesterday) was in talks to take an undisclosed role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Loki series starring Tom Hiddleston.
Now, Deadline is claiming that Sophia’s role could actually be Lady Loki suggesting she would be sharing the titular Loki role with Tom Hiddleston.
One source close to the production hints that Di Martino may in fact portray a female incarnation of Loki and, in effect share the role with Hiddleston. Loki is a trickster god and a shapeshifter and, in the pages of Marvel Comics, has been portrayed at times in a female incarnation. In September, Marvel Press published a high-profile YA novel by author Mackenzi Lee called Loki: Where Mischief Lies that presented the character as pansexual and gender-fluid.
Kate Herron (Sex Education) is directing the Disney+ series with Michael Waldron (Rick & Morty) as lead writer.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige had recently revealed to TheHollywoodReporter that both WandaVision (currently shooting) and Loki would be directly connected to Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness.
Having alternate versions of Marvel superheroes/villains wouldn’t be terribly shocking if the Multiverse is coming into play with the Doctor Strange sequel and Lady Loki could be a way to keep the character going beyond Hiddleston.
Although director Scott Derrickson has proclaimed the sequel would be the first scary film in the MCU, so I’m not sure how much we’ll actually explore these alternate heroes.
I’m also curious if the Loki series will also connect Thor: Love & Thunder and helping to explain how Jane Foster becomes the female version of Thor. It hasn’t been confirmed if the MCU will be directly adapting the comic book incarnation as they normally tackle their own versions of characters for the movies.
Filming begins next year on Loki with the series aiming to begin airing on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.