Marvel’s latest Disney+ series, Loki, is chaotic, playful, heartbreaking, and continuously leaves us wanting more, just like the God of Mischief himself. Or should we say…herself? Though we’re already halfway through the series, fans are still left wondering about the true identity of the show’s mysterious Loki variant. While Episode 3, Lamentis, did reveal that her name is Sylvie, this actually sparked more questions than answers, as Sylvie is the name of the Marvel Comics character, Enchantress.
So, who exactly is Sylvie? Is she Lady Loki, Enchantress, or a combination of the two? Or could she be an entirely new character? To get a better grasp of all of these theories, we first have to look at the comic characters themselves. Let’s dive in.
Who Is Lady Loki?
While some fans have speculated that Lady Loki is the God of Mischief’s love interest, in the comics, Lady Loki is actually the exact same Loki we all know and love, just in female form. She’s first introduced after the events of Ragnarok, when Loki takes over a human body actually intended for Lady Sif. When Sif’s spirit is trapped inside of an old woman in a hospital, a new form is made for her. But in order to ensure his own survival, Loki takes over this new body instead. He is literally the exact same person with the same mischievous tendencies, he’s just in a different body. As time goes on, however, we realize that this isn’t just a mask for Loki, but actually another aspect of who he is. He is genderfluid, after all.
So, how does Sylvie fit into all of this? Well, the truth is, she doesn’t. Many fans are calling her Lady Loki, and to be fair, that’s not exactly inaccurate. She’s a woman and a Loki variant, so Lady Loki works as a title. But she is most definitely not the Lady Loki we know from the comics, and this has been confirmed by the actress, Sophia di Martino, herself. In an interview with Variety, when being asked how much she drew from Tom Hiddleston’s performance, she replied:
“I looked at his performance, but I try not to be shaped by it too much. Sylvie has had a very different backstory to Loki. She’s a different person, and that was really important to us right from the beginning…And she’s not Lady Loki from the comics. I mean, the show is inspired by the comics, but this is a brand new backstory in a brand new story. And so I wanted to make her my own. You will see, at times throughout the series, that Tom and I do very similar things, like our physicality is similar or when we choreographed fight scenes, we’ll mirror each other. And that’s all purposely done. And then the rest of it I’ve kind of just made up as I go along.”
We can certainly see similarities between Loki and Sylvie, but as di Martino says, she’s quite clearly her own character, and the character herself says as much in Episode 3! While Loki and Sylvie are frantically searching Lamentis for a power source, they have a telling conversation.
Sylvie: “Don’t call me Variant.”
Loki: “I’m sorry, but I’m not calling some faded, photocopy of me ‘Loki’.”
Sylvie: “Good, because that’s not who I am anymore. I’m Sylvie now.”
Loki: “Oh, you changed your name? Brilliant.”
Sylvie: “It’s called an alias.”
Loki: “Well, it’s not very Loki-like.”
This isn’t the first time that Loki points out their differences, and though it’s easy to pass off as a joke, these little comments shouldn’t be ignored. There are plenty of things that Sylvie does that Loki himself would never do. This isn’t a coincidence, but further proof that she isn’t Lady Loki, though she may be slightly inspired by her.
We also can’t ignore Sylvie’s tone of disdain, even disgust, when someone refers to her as Loki.
“That’s not who I am anymore.”
Despite who she once was, Loki is nothing more than a past identity to her. Why? What exactly happened? Well, Enchantress may hold the answer to that.
Who Is Enchantress?
This is where things start to get a little complex. There are, technically speaking, two characters in the Marvel Comics who go by the alias Enchantress. The first is Amora, a powerful Asgardian Sorceress who is certainly considered a villain more often than a hero, and has romantic ties to the God of Mischief. However, Sylvie is far more likely to be the other variation of Enchantress, an Oklahoma girl named Sylvie Lushton.
Lushton wasn’t born with magical abilities. Rather, she awoke one day with powers of sorcery, deflection, energy projection, telekinesis, and perhaps most notably, mental manipulation. The latter certainly matches the abilities Sylvie has demonstrated in the series. It’s also worth noting that unlike Amora, Lushton never received any sort of magical training. She is entirely self-taught, and thanks to Episode 3, we know that Sylvie is as well.
Lushton became a superhero, joined the Avengers, and took on the alias Enchantress. But it was more than just the name that she adopted. She took on Enchantress’ style, even her speech. She spoke in an Asgardian manner, and no one was entirely able to understand why. That is, until Loki came along and revealed that it was he who gave her these powers.
“I liked the idea of creating a mortal who suspects she’s one of my kind.”– Loki
Now, it was never confirmed in the comics if Loki merely gave Lushton the powers, or if he actually created her entire being, giving her false memories of a life before her abilities. Either way, if the show draws any inspiration from Enchantress, it could explain why Sylvie despises being called ‘Loki’. Perhaps she was truly Loki once, but she was manipulated by someone else as Loki manipulates Enchantress in the comics. If she wasn’t born with abilities, as is suggested when she says that she taught herself, this could have set her life on a tragic course.
What Is Sylvie’s True Identity?
Whether or not Sylvie is Enchantress remains to be seen, but I think it’s safe to say that she isn’t Lady Loki. Or at the very least, she isn’t Lady Loki as we know her in the comics. She may share the horns and she may have once shared the name, but the differences between her and Loki are too great to ignore. To top it off, both the actress and the director, Kate Herron, have said explicitly that Sylvie is not Loki. Not to mention the fact that di Martino was listed as Lady Loki on IMDB months before the series premiered, and Marvel would never let something that big slip so early.
There’s certainly more to Sylvie than meets the eye, and we simply can’t ignore the traits she shares with Enchantress. However, di Martino has said in more than one interview that Sylvie is her own character. She’s inspired by multiple characters from the comics, but at the end of the day, she’s a brand new character with a brand new story. And perhaps we ought to believe her. After all, Episode 3 confirmed that she is a Loki variant, even though she now goes by Sylvie.
It seems Episode 4 will shed some light on Sylvie’s backstory, and though I wouldn’t be surprised if they draw some inspiration from Enchantress, it looks like there are a lot of twists that even the most avid comic fan won’t see coming. Not to mention the fact that Tom Hiddleston himself said that the series takes off in an entirely new and surprising direction in Episode 4. Buckle up, Loki fans. The next episode is going to be a big one.
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