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In episode three of "Loki," Sophia Di Martino's character introduces herself as Sylvie.
In the comics, Sylvie is actually the second version of Enchantress.
But many fans think she is still Lady Loki, and it seems the MCU could be combining both characters.
There is some confusion as to who Sophia Di Martino's variant really is.
Many assumed she was Lady Loki, and Di Martino's physical appearance seemed to suggest that, too. However, in episode three of the Disney Plus show, the character officially introduced herself as Sylvie. This comes after a fan spotted the name "Sylvie" in the Spanish credits of episode two.
In Marvel Comics, Sylvie is a completely different character from Lady Loki - she is actually the second version of the famous Thor villain, Enchantress.
Here's everything you need to know about who Di Martino could be playing - from Lady Loki to Sylvie AKA Enchantress - and what it means for the future of "Loki" and the MCU. Plus, what exactly is she up to?
Who is Lady Loki in the comics?
Lady Loki, who most fans assumed the variant was, was first introduced in Marvel's 2008 Thor Vol 3 issue 5 comic, in which Loki takes over a female human body after the events of Ragnarok.
However, the body he takes over in the comic was actually supposed to be for Thor's friend, Lady Sif - who was trapped in an old lady's body in a hospital where Jane Foster was working. Lady Sif is played by Jaimie Alexander in the MCU.
So in the comics, Lady Loki is simply Loki himself in a female body. If Di Martino's variant were to be Lady Loki, she would be a completely different character from Loki altogether: an alternate version of the God of Mischief, which makes sense considering Owen Wilson's Agent Mobius said that the variant was an alternate version of Loki himself.
In the comics, Lady Loki becomes more than just a disguise for Loki and actually becomes another side to his multi-faceted personality, which again makes sense considering that Loki is gender-fluid.
Who is Sylvie (AKA Enchantress) in the comics?
In the comics, Loki gives powers to a young girl on Earth named Sylvie Lushton in order to use and manipulate her for his own gains.
However, Sylvie doesn't actually know that Loki gave her her powers and becomes convinced that she is actually an Asgardian who was banished to Earth.
Sylvie later takes on the mantle of Enchantress, modeling herself on the original Enchantress, who was a famous foe of Loki's brother, Thor.
This first version of Enchantress was a powerful sorceress by the name of Amora who teamed up with other Marvel villains such as the Executioner (played by Karl Urban in "Thor: Ragnarok") to menace Thor and Asgard.
Sylvie possesses very similar powers to the original Enchantress - including teleportation, transmutation, illusions, telekinesis, mind-control, and the ability to use magical energy.
Sylvie's Enchantress is a relatively new Marvel Comics character, having made her debut in the 2009 #1 issue of "Dark Reign: Young Avengers." The original Enchantress first appeared in 1964, in #103 of "Journey into Mystery."
However, Sylvie is a different character from Loki, whereas Mobius tells Tom Hiddleston's Loki that the variant is another version of Loki himself.
But in episode three, the character tells Loki several times not to call her "a Loki." She says: "That's not who I am anymore. I'm Sylvie."
Loki then quips that she changed her name and Sylvie clarifies: "It's called an alias."
This suggests that Sylvie used to be Loki or some of Loki but now takes on a different mantle - Sylvie, AKA Enchantress. Perhaps the MCU are blending both Lady Loki and Sylvie the Enchantress into one character for the purposes of the show.
What is the variant's plan?
Throughout episode one and two, Di Martino's variant was seen attacking Time Variance Authority agents and stealing their reset charges (which are left behind and resets the timeline, pruning the branch off of the sacred timeline).
In episode two, in the supermarket in 2050 Alabama, the variant sets up a complex looking structure of multiple reset charges, which she times to go off all at once. These reset charges are transported via time doors to different dates and locations, including multiple places on Earth and a bunch of very significant locations across the MCU including Vormir, Asgard, Ego, and more. These create multiple branches in the sacred timeline.
In episode three, after the variant and Loki become stranded on Lamentis-1, she says her plan was "years in the making," and that she wants to go "straight back to the TVA to finish what [she] started."
However, it's still not clear what she wants. Loki later posits that she wants to tear the TVA down, creating "the ultimate power vacuum," and simply walk away. Sylvie doesn't deny this, but she doesn't confirm it either. However, she clearly wants to make her way to the Time-Keepers themselves and does seem to want to put and end to the TVA, so perhaps Loki is right.
It's unclear if the variant is working by herself, with someone, or for someone, but one name to keep an eye out for is Kang the Conqueror.
Kang is a classic MCU super-villain who is known for his time-twisting and time-travelling plans across the multiverse, with Jonathan Majors cast as Kang in 2023's "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." Therefore, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Kang involved in the dealings of the TVA. Or, perhaps Kang the Conqueror is actually one of the Time-Keepers.
It's unclear what the variant's end goal is yet, but one theory ascertains that she wants to get all of the TVA agents out of the TVA so that she can infiltrate the organization with no one stopping her. Or perhaps she wants to create the multiverse...
What does it mean for the MCU going forward?
Once these charges go off and are transported across the universe, the TVA sees multiple branches spawning off of the sacred timeline - which would indicate the creation of the multiverse. The multiverse has been teased a lot in the MCU so far, with "WandaVision" and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" both flirting with the idea.
"Spider-Man: No Way Home" looks set to deal with the multiverse at last, with rumors of former Spider-Men Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire appearing in the picture, while "Spider-Man 2" Doc Ock actor Alfred Molina has confirmed he is appearing in the movie. Meanwhile, the "Doctor Strange" sequel is titled "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness," so we know we will get the multiverse by these two movies at the latest.
The question is how we will get the multiverse and "Loki" looks more likely than anything else to set it up. Multiversal wars have already been mentioned in the show, and Tara Strong's Miss Minutes explained that the multiverse used to exist until the Time-Keepers stopped it and created the sacred timeline, which the TVA work to protect.
With the variant's plan in motion, however, the multiverse could be about to explode into "Loki" and the MCU.
Read the original article on Insider