'Loki' Trailer: Mystery woman is NOT Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow but Sophia Di Martino's Lady Loki

Eagle-eyed Twitter users correct fans by saying the character is actually Lady Loki, played by Sophia Di Martino and now Natasha Romanoff


                            'Loki' Trailer: Mystery woman is NOT Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow but Sophia Di Martino's Lady Loki
A screenshot from the 'Loki' trailer with an insert of Natasha Romanoff from 'Avengers Endgame' (Marvel Studios via YouTube, IMDb)

Marvel dropped a new trailer for 'Loki', its upcoming Disney Plus show earlier today, April 6, 2021. There's plenty of new footage available, giving us a better clue at how the series connects to the wider MCU. Hidden in the 2 minutes 17 seconds of footage is a quick scene between Loki and a blonde-haired character. It only lasts a few seconds but is visible enough for people to wonder if Black Widow is returning for the show.

Scarlett Johansson's much-loved character is dead, at least in the main Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) continuity, but since Loki involves a lot of time-traveling shenanigans, many have wondered whether Natasha Romanoff will return. Unfortunately, it seems the answer is no. Of course, we can't be sure, since the footage reveals just the backs of the two characters sitting. However, it's better not to get too excited. 

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Eagle-eyed Marvel fans have taken to social media to debunk the rumors that Natasha will return for the show. Instead, many people believe that the character is actually Lady Loki, whose presence hasn't been officially confirmed by Disney. Before we get into the character, here's a look at the trailer and some background on the scene.

A still from 'Loki' showing Tom Hiddleston's Loki with Owen Wilson's Mobius. (Disney)

Hidden clues in 'Loki' trailer

Earlier today, Marvel Studios launched the new trailer in a tweet saying, "Loki’s time has come. Watch the brand-new trailer for #LOKI, and start streaming the Marvel Studios Original Series June 11 on @DisneyPlus" 



 

If you pause the trailer at the 2:06 mark, you'll the scene we are referring to. Loki is sitting next to a blonde-haired woman on what appears to be Vormir. The planet is where Natasha sacrificed herself so that the Avengers could get the Soul Stone in 'Endgame'. The shot barely lasts a second but is clear enough for fans to spot the red-haired woman. Is it Natasha? Most likely not.

For one, the character's story ended with 'Endgame'. Natasha will get her own film in July, but that is a prequel. There are currently no rumors of her returning for other upcoming projects. Secondly, the woman Loki is talking to has short blonde hair. At the time of her death, Natasha had longer hair, which was mostly red. It's hard to make out the color of the character's hair in the trailer. The scene is quite dark and has a purplish tinge to it, so it's hard to say if her hair is blonde or red. Finally, she doesn't appear to have the blasters on her hand that Natasha had on Vormir. 

So, who is this character? Well, it is most likely Lady Loki, played by Sophia Di Martino.

Set photos of 'Loki' showing Sophia Di Martino. (@cosmic_marvel via Twitter)

Who is Lady Loki?

The character first debuted in J. Michael Straczynski, Marko Djurdjevic, and Olivier Coipel’s 2008 'Thor' comic series. In that series, Loki often switched genders as part of his mischievous deeds, after inhabiting Lady Sif's body. Lady Loki has the same characteristics as Loki, often shifting between being a hero and a villain. In 2019, Loki's pansexuality and gender fluidity became canon with Mackenzi Lee's 'Loki: Where Mischief Lies' novel. 

In the comics, there's no real character as Lady Loki, that was a fan-made name. Loki is still Loki, no matter what gender he takes. It's just one of the many forms the character has in the comics. So far, the comics have presented Loki and Lady Loki as the same person, but the MCU could be putting a spin on it by having them be two distinct characters.

Martino's involvement in the series has been widely speculated, even though Disney hasn't officially announced it. She has even been spotted on set photos like above with short blonde hair, very much like the mystery character. Since the photos are the best proof we have, it is safe to assume that she is playing Lady Loki, with a new backstory. Martino has also been rumored to play Enchantress, but going by the set photos, her costume appears to show her dressed as Lady Loki. 

Who exactly the character is, we won't know till the series drops in June. In the meantime, the speculations have riled up social media, with users divided over Natasha and Lady Loki. One user compared the set photos to the trailer shot and tweeted, "That's Lady Loki not Natasha Romanoff". Another said, "Yup. Lady Loki from an alternate timeline. Sophia Di Martino's character."



 

 



 

 

Another user provided more context to the theory, tweeting, "so apparently this person here with the blonde hair is lady loki. this would actually make a lot of sense considering earlier in the trailer we see a similar looking person to loki while he’s in the TVA jumpsuit. i guess they’re making loki confront different versions of himself". Others though, wanted Natasha to return. One person tweeted, "that’s Nat. THAT HAS TO BE NAT". Another asked, "why do i still think it's natasha".



 

 



 

 



 

The first episode of 'Loki' drops June 11, 2021. The show will have six episodes, dropped weekly on Disney Plus. Until then, all we can do is speculate if Natasha will return or if Lady Loki is indeed making her way to the MCU.

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