Caution, spoiler alert! The following article contains heavy spoilers for Loki ep. 2, “The Variant.”
What appears to be a female version of Loki has made her debut in Loki‘s second episode, but some clues say otherwise: another character from the comics is actually a more likely choice for the variant Sophia Di Martino is playing. And who is that character? Enchantress, who is also heavily speculated to appear in Loki. Here’s every clue that Enchantress may be the “bad variant” instead of Lady Loki.
First of all, take a look at the variant’s hair color: it’s blonde! Other characters brought into live-action from the comics (or animation) usually didn’t change their hair and skin colors, and Lady Loki’s hair was supposed to be long and black instead of short and blonde. Although Enchantress’s hair is long and flowy in the comics, the length doesn’t matter as much when you realize that the variant and the comic version’s hair color are nearly the same shade of blonde. (In the comics, Enchantress’s tresses were more golden rather than lighter blonde, but even Bo-Katan Kryze’s hair in The Mandalorian had a bit of a color tweak.)
Sophia Di Martino’s hair is naturally darker, meaning that she could have decided to keep that original color if she really was playing Lady Loki, but she had purposely dyed it blonde for Loki. Why? The reason is unknown, but this is a huge clue pointing to the fact that Di Martino isn’t playing the female version of Loki even if she doesn’t turn out to be Enchantress.
Another big clue pointing to Enchantress coming into Loki is her name. Sophia Di Martino’s character is simply named “The Variant” in the English credits, but in countries overseas, she is named “Sylvie.” Sylvie was never an alias name for Lady Loki, but it was the true name of the Enchantress! If Sophia Di Martino dying her hair blonde for her role in Loki wasn’t already enough to convince you that Lady Loki isn’t the variant revealed in Episode 2, “Sylvie” being Enchantress’s real name is certainly a giant clue to the character’s hidden identity.
Who Is Enchantress?
Enchantress started off as basically a normal girl named Sylvie without any superpowers at all. However, she unknowingly was created by Loki as his pawn (while he was still a villain) and mysteriously gained superpowers when she woke up one morning, becoming Enchantress and donning a sleek green outfit. Loki used her to infiltrate all Young Avengers teams as he acquired new information about them through her schemes, trying to destroy all people who called themselves “Avengers” to rule the universe as king.
Enchantress’s primary power was seduction by her beautiful appearance and magic. With these two bewitching abilities, men found it impossible to resist her. She was also a main enemy of Thor! Because of this connection to Loki’s adopted brother, fans have been creating believable theories about the god of thunder falling for Enchantress, and Jane, the new goddess of thunder, coming to save him from the spells in Thor: Love and Thunder. If Loki truly does link up into Thor 4, this is just further evidence that Enchantress should really show up in the series.
Directed by Kate Herron and written by Michael Waldron, Loki stars Tom Hiddleston as Loki (& executive producer), Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Judge Ravonna Renslayer, Sophia Di Martino as The Variant, Owen Wilson as Agent Mobius M. Mobius, Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15, and Tara Strong as Miss Minutes. Episodes 1 “Glorious Purpose” and 2 “The Variant” are now available streaming on Disney+. New episodes air every Wednesday!