The Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue its expansion with Phase 3, starting next year with Captain America: Civil War, and then with the introduction of the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange. Phase 3 promises to be a cosmic trip, exploring new realms next to Stephen Strange and then with the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok.
The Asgardian will not fight next to his Avengers teammates in Civil War, but he will have his own battle in Ragnarok, next to the currently missing-in-action Bruce Banner/Hulk. Pre-production will begin in June of next year, meaning that the studio must be looking for more actors and actresses to join the cast. Now, it seems like Marvel wants to add one more Academy Award winner to their league, as they are looking to cast Cate Blanchett in Thor: Ragnarok.
According to Variety, Blanchett is in talks to play one of the new female leads in Thor: Ragnarok. It is unknown which character she will play, but leave it to fans to speculate on which lady from the Marvel Universe it could be.
It has been reported that Ragnarok could introduce us to Valkyrie, who almost debuted in the previous Thor movie. Valkyrie is based on the Norse mythological figure Brynhildr, and she was selected by Odin to lead the Valkyrior, a group of warrior goddesses who choose the worthy fallen warriors from the battlefiled to bring them to Valhalla. She was also part of the Defenders, which could be a connection to Marvel's Netflix series.
Other sources claim she will not be the only female lead, and Ragnarok will introduce us to the first major female villain the Marvel Cinematic Universe has seen. If Blanchett indeed joins the cast, she could either play a hero like Valkyrie or the female villain – in that case, we have some ideas on who that villain could be.
Of course, Blanchett is no stranger to fantasy films, having starred as royal Elf Galadriel in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and appearing in The Hobbit trilogy as well. Among her recent works are Cinderella, the political docudrama Truth, and the critically acclaimed Carol, for which Blanchett has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
Thor: Ragnarok, the third solo film of the Son of Odin, will be directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows) with a script by Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost, with a recent revision by Stephany Folsom. Ragnarok will see the return of Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Jamie Alexander as Lady Sif, and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk.
Screen Rant will keep you posted on further details of Cate Blanchett's potential casting as well as details on the production of Thor: Ragnarok.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018;Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019;Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.