Cate Blanchett hopes that her role as the first female villain on the film side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will open doors for more actresses to take on fun and challenging roles like Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. The Academy Award-winning actress makes her superhero film debut as the Goddess of Death threatening Asgard. And it is up to Thor (Chris Hemsworth), with the help of his Avengers pal, Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Asgardian warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and even his stepbrother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), to stop her.
Since the casting was first announced, there has been anticipation for Blanchett to bring her immense acting chops to the cosmic realm of the MCU. This was furthered when the official visuals for the character were revealed via the trailers, as well as, some promo stills from Thor: Ragnarok - showing her with a massive headpiece and rocking dark hair and eyeshadow. The premise for the character is interesting which means that she is not playing around when she starts to execute her plans to destroy and rebuild Asgard under her leadership.
Catching up with E! News after Marvel Studios' successful panel during last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, Blanchett shared her hopes that the countless interesting female villains in the Marvel comics will soon make their transition to the big screen just like Hela did:
"I didn't realize… I was inhabiting the first female Marvel villain onscreen. I thought, 'Surely not… well, no actually that's true.' There's been many, many, many [female villains] in the comic books, but they've been a little tardy in bringing them to the screen, so hopefully there will be a lot more villainesses."
Further, the critically acclaimed thespian also shared that her character's ability to shake things up in Thor's reality was what ultimately drew her to the role. We see in the trailer how Mjolnir is destroyed by Hela presumably at the onset of Ragnarok, leaving him to function without his weapon of choice. This has relegated him to use mechanical weapons which looks odd at first given that he is a god. But director Taika Waititi has reiterated that it is all part of the God of Thunder's character arc in the film.
Despite the impressive run by the MCU, one waterloo that the famed franchise has been suffering from is the lack of worthy villains. With a few exceptions, critics have often pointed out that the antagonists are rather half-baked with murky motivations. But thanks to recent films, which added Kurt Russell's Ego (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and Michael Keaton's Vulture (Spider-Man: Homecoming), plus the imminent arrival of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Hela, it seems like the MCU is slowly crafting well-developed bad guys that make for more interesting storytelling.
Speaking of Thanos and Hela, it is still unknown whether their compelling dynamic on the pages of the comic books will be carried over to the films. As far as we know, the Mad Titan will be on the hunt for the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War and his wreaking havoc will continue in its yet-to-be-titled sequel. Meanwhile, Hela's role in the MCU outside of Thor: Ragnarok remains to be seen.
Source: E! News
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019