Thor: Ragnarok is currently filming on the Gold Coast of Australia. The movie is said to be a “cosmic buddy adventure” as the God of Thunder (Chis Hemsworth) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) travel across the nine realms to save Asgard from the villainous Hela (Cate Blanchett) and her goons – among others. Director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has already indicated that the third entry in the Thor trilogy will have a playful tone, the implications of its apocalyptic title aside.
While Thor: Ragnarok may feature two superhero pals hamming it up together in outer space, they still have quite a hellacious villain to defeat. Hela, played by the Oscar-winning Blanchett, is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Now, new Ragnarok set photos and videos have made their way online – and seem to show Hela standing tall in front of a crowd of Asgardians, but without wearing her signature headpiece.
In addition, new videos taken from the Ragnarok set in Brisbane, Australia, give us a few glimpses of Blanchett as Hela. You can head on over to CBM to check those images/clips out (see the link below).
Hela is the ruler of the realm of Niflheim. In other words, Blanchett’s character here is the Devil. As the first main female villain in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, Hela will remain close to her comic book roots. In the Marvel Comics, she is the Goddess of Hell and holds the power of life and death over the gods. Hela can levitate and travel in pure astral form. If she decides to touch a mortal, they instantly perish, making for a very threatening villain. Rumor has it that she makes it to Asgard to team up with Loki (who, you may recall, is currently disguising himself as Odin) and begin the cosmic apocalypse.
Entertainment Tonight previously asked Ruffalo about Blanchett’s character. Ruffalo seemed excited to be facing off against her in the film, explaining how powerful she is:
“”She plays the worst of the worst. So evil. She is going to kill us. It’s such a great part she gets to play.”
Hopefully she doesn’t actually kill our heroes, but Hela does sound like a step-up from previous big bads in the Thor films. Of course, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will be involved somehow, as being Thor’s adopted little bro has turned Loki in a bundle of jealousy and trickery. Along with Hela, we’ll also be seeing the first live-action version of Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), the ultimate villain when it comes to playing mind-games and manipulating his enemies.
While few details have been released concerning the actual plot of Ragnarok, it (again) is expected to blend buddy antics with cosmic battles. Judging by the Ragnarok footage that debuted at Comic-Con 2016, it seems that we will be seeing both Thor and Hulk suited up and ready for an intergalactic war in the film.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.