Why Cate Blanchett’s Character Hela in Thor Ragnarok is a Major First for Marvel Movies?

Marvel released the official trailer of Thor Ragnarok at San Diego Comic-Con. the Comic-Con trailer introduced a few more characters we’ll see in the sequel, added more faces to the list revealed in the first trailer in April. We have the Oscar-winning actress, Cate Blanchett, playing the Goddess of Death – HELA in Thor Ragnarok, who has a will to kill and an affinity for black spandex. Unleashed from prison, she takes over Thor’s homeland, “Asgard is dead,” she declares in the trailer.

Hela happens to be the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s first major female villain in Thor Ragnarok. Here’s everything that you need to know about the character in Marvel comic and what to expect from Blanchett in the film.

Let’s play this movie clip to see her:

The Basics

Hela is the Goddess of Death, ruler of the realms of Hel and Niflheim; those places are for those who die with no honor and can’t go to Valhalla. As an Asgardian with an often-complicated approach to a simple goal of getting as much power as you can as often as you can, Hela in Thor Ragnarok has constantly crossed paths with Thor, his family, friends and many other heroes of the Marvel Universe. As a cosmic being of great power, she is a formidable threat beyond that of a typical Earth-bound entity, but her fortunes have nevertheless waxed and waned over time.

Hela rules over the underworld

Hela is Asgardian goddess of death inspired by the Norse goddess Hel. In comic, Odin appoints her to rule over Hel and Nifleheim. However, she often tries to extend her rule to Valhalla, a grand hall in Asgard where souls who died honorably reside. Thor is usually the one who stops her to do so.

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Loki plays a part in her scheme

In the movie, Thor discovers that Loki has been impersonating their missing father, Odin, and ruling Asgard. Loki doesn’t make the best ruler, and thing get worst as he accidentally releases the imprisoned Hela.

“She’s been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” Blanchett shared about her character with Entertainment Weekly.

Thor confronts Hela, but she overpowers him and sends him to a planet called Sakaar. From there, he must fight his way back to Asgard with the help of friend from work Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk.

Hela could be the most powerful god in Asgard

Hela crushed Mjolnir like cracker in Thor Ragnarok trailer. She can kill mortals and weaken gods by simply touching them. In the comic, she wears a cape that gives her powers greater than most of Asgardians. In the movie, she doesn’t appear to need a cape to access those special powers, but she does have some impressive headgear.

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Powers and Abilities of Hela in Thor Ragnarok movie

She’s strong, fast, agile, and capable of withstanding much more stress and surviving extreme conditions over a prolonged period of time. In comic, her cloak affords her with additional protection, and she has great skill wielding her Nightsword. About her magic, if you can think it up, she can probably do it, from astral travel to energy projection to the creating convincing illusions and apparitions.

Let’s check her power here:

Hela is a major first for Marvel in Thor Ragnarok movie 

Thor Ragnarok will be the 17th Marvel Studios film, and Hela is going to be the first female main villain in Thor Ragnarok.

“Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain?” she asked Entertainment Weekly, “It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women.”

It’ll be another two years before a female superhero will get her own Marvel movie: Brie Larson will star in Captain Marvel in 2019. However, there’s hope for more female baddies to come. Thanos is in love with the female incarnation of Death in the comic. He kills people and planets for her and likely will endeavor to destroy the entire universe to earn her affections in the upcoming Avengers Infinity Wars.


Why Cate Blanchett’s Character Hela in Thor Ragnarok is a Major First for Marvel Movies?
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