First Nick Fury, then Stan Lee, and now another Marvel star is making their way to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., this time by way of Asgard.
Agent Coulson and his team have already encountered Asgardian characters and relics in the eighth episode of the series, "The Well," which also saw the team cleaning up after that London-based chaos at the end of Thor: The Dark World. This time, though, they'll be getting even closer to the Asgardians, as one of that realm's heroes makes an appearance on the show. It's not Thor, or Loki, but you'll probably still be pleased.
During a presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday, ABC President Paul Lee announced that Jaimie Alexander will appear in the show's 15th episode as her fan-favorite character from the Thor franchise, Lady Sif.
What exactly Sif will be doing in her encounter with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team still isn't clear, but unlike Samuel L. Jackson's very brief, very nonessential cameo earlier this season, Lee said Sif will be "integral" to the plot of her episode.
Lee also teased that the mysterious, still-unseen villain known only as "The Clairvoyant" will be revealed this year, and that the show has some "very cool" plans for its final run of episodes in season one. He also noted that he's feeling "very good" about the creative direction of the series, which has to give fans a bit more hope that the show will return for season two. At this point, though, the future for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is still uncertain.
Still, the appearance of Sif on an episode could certainly be a major boost to the series. Other than Fury and, perhaps, Maria Hill (who appeared in the pilot), she's the biggest Marvel Cinematic Universe crossover yet for the show, and the first in some time. Whether or not her appearance can really grow the show at this point, and whether it will lead to even bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe cameos in the future, remain to be seen.
We'll keep you updated with more details of Sif's episode as we have them. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with new episodes on Feb. 4.