Cate Blanchett Kicks Ass Then Eats Hamburgers As Hela In Thor: Ragnarok

After the recent trailer released for Thor: Ragnarok at San Diego Comic Con, I was super excited to see Cate Blanchett finally coming back to fully embrace her dark side (we had seen a glimpse of it when she was Galadriel in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), and become Hela. But not that many people know what character she plays in the upcoming film.

Journey into Mystery #102 – Marvel

She made her first appearance in the Silver Age of comic books, in Journey into Mystery #102 and was adapted from Norse mythology by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

The Norns, Asgardian goddesses of fate warned that Hela would be a threat to Odin’s kingdom. So Odin decreed she would become the goddess of the spirits of the dead and rule over the realms of Hel and Niflheim, but only those worthy who died in battle as heroes would have a place in Valhalla.

She possesses all the powers of an Asgardian god; superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, and durability. She also has mystical powers from astral projection, energy bolts, levitation, or illusions. Her most powerful ability is the Hand of Glory, a mix of mystical energy which allowed her to kill Asgardians.

As a Death Goddess, Hela made a pact with Death, allowing her to claim souls and take them to Hel or Niflheim, and travel anywhere within the Nine Worlds instantly. Hela wears a magical cloak which enhances her strength and keeps her young and healthy which gives her jet black hair and bright green eyes. Without the cloak, Hela reverts to her true form: in this form half of her body is healthy and beautiful, while the other half is decaying.

Thor Ragnarok Poster

Thor: Ragnarok Poster – Marvel

But in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they seem to have something else planned for her. Cate Blanchett talked about her character with Entertainment Weekly saying, “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,” says Blanchett.

Seeing strong, powerful, women like Cate owning Thor in the trailer is a recent shift that Marvel seems to be making.

“Well let’s face it: as a woman, these opportunities have not in the past come up very frequently and I think there’s a revolution happening from within Marvel. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys. But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi.”

When asked about being able to play the first female villain of Thor, Cate went on to say:

“Can you believe it? Can you believe we’re having this conversation and it’s 2017 and we’re talking about the first female villain? It’s ridiculous. There’s so much untapped potential villainy in women. It’s really exciting. I think finally it’s beginning to be acknowledged that women and men want to see a diverse array of characters, and that’s race, gender across the sexual spectrum.”

Cate Blanchett as Hela

Cate Blanchett as Hela in Thor: Ragnarok

Blanchett did have some wirework, learned capoeira, and did a few stunts for the film, which means we’ll get to see a badass woman kick some ass. She joked during the panel at San Diego Comic Con, “I get in shape, then I’m back to eating hamburgers.”

Thor: Ragnarok storms into theaters on November 3, 2017.

Film Synopsis: Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

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