"Thor's" Jaimie Alexander Prefers Marvel's Character-First Approach to DC's 'Glitz & Glam'

Thu, February 18th, 2016 at 3:51pm PST

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Alexander is fond of Wonder Woman, but doesn't regret missing out on the part.

Jaimie Alexander will make hers Marvel.

After appearing as Sif in both the "Thor" films and "Agents of "S.H.I.E.L.D.", Alexander revealed what she believes is the difference between Marvel and DC films in a recent interview with Variety.

When asked whether or not she was disappointed in being passed over for the role of Wonder Woman, she said, "Not at all. I'm excited to see what she's going to do with the role. I was one of a few people that were an obvious choice for Wonder Woman, but it was never going to happen. I'm contracted with Marvel and it would (be) strange. Sif, in her way, is Marvel's Wonder Woman. They're both ethereal and have armor and a sword, and have special abilities; the physicality of the role is very similar. The thing I really enjoy about Marvel is that they start with a character first and all the explosions and costumes, the glitz and glam, are secondary to who the actual character is deep down. That's something I haven’t really been able to find with DC Comics. I know that’s a bold statement, but it's been my experience."

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"I'm a huge comic book fan, and I've read a lot from all different comic book outlets," she continued. "I enjoy Marvel, and I'm not just saying that because I'm in the 'Thor' films. I gravitate towards the Marvel characters. Of course, growing up I really loved Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman; there will never be a better Wonder Woman. I was also a huge fan of Sigourney Weaver. Walt Simonson told me that his version of Lady Sif was very much modeled after seeing Sigourney Weaver walk down the New York streets in a red trench coat. I thought, 'Oh, well she's my favorite, so that's perfect. That's just so perfect for me.'"

"I genuinely love the character Sif," she added. "Each time I get to play her, there's this growth in the character and we find out more of who she is. That is a blast, because I've been able to slowly create this woman while still taking directions from all the comic books that existed before my performance. It's interesting that Sif has such a big backstory, whereas Jane has no backstory at all; they're very opposite while at the same time both very tough and vulnerable. It's a bit of a niche for me, I guess."

"Thor: Ragnarok," the third film in the "Thor" trilogy, is currently underway with director Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth. Alexander will return for the film as well.

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