Cate Blanchett’s villainous Hela dominates the landscape in a new Japanese poster for Thor: Ragnarok. Blanchett, of course, is one of major new additions to the Thor movie universe, along with Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban. Judging from the two trailers released for the film so far, Hela, who easily crushes Thor’s mighty Mjolnir with one hand and lays waste to Asgard, will be the film’s main villain – as the God of Thunder faces off with the first female main antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Apart from the trailers, Marvel Studios and Disney certainly have had no problem establishing Hela’s presence in the film, especially in the posters for Ragnarok. Hela’s one of the three main characters featured in the trippy, neon-accented Thor: Ragnarok Comic-Con poster (along with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and Mark Ruffalo’s Incredible Hulk), and she definitely looms large in the new international poster for the film, too.
Hela’s no doubt the big attention-grabber with her deadly stare in the new Japanese poster for Thor: Ragnarok that has been released online (hat tip to CBR). The poster (see below) also naturally features Thor, along with Hulk, Heimdall (Idris Elba), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).
Blanchett’s ice cold stare alone in the new Japanese poster gives fans just one more reason to excited for Thor: Ragnarok. The two-time Oscar winner is arguably one of the best actors working in film today, and the captivating presence she’s established in so many of her previous films (from her ethereal Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings films, all the way through to her wicked turn as Lady Tremaine in Disney’s live-action version Cinderella) explains why she was the perfect choice to play the indomitable Hela. True, the fire giant Surtur will also have a presence in Thor: Ragnarok, too, but in all likelihood, the character that will fans talking the most about when all is said and done will likely be Hela.
While we’ve only seen snippets of Hela here and there in the first two Thor: Ragnarok trailers, it will be interesting to get a great sense of the type of villainy Blanchett will bring to the character once Marvel and Disney start releasing movie clips.
Blanchett certainly has given a grand, dramatic read to the character so far (“Oh, I missed this!” she gleefully says in the Ragnarok Comic-Con trailer as she prances around in her horned crown), but fans who have caught her work in such gems as The Aviator and Blue Jasmine also know that the actor can also bring a great deal of subtlety to her roles. Maybe she won’t be nominated for an Oscar for playing the Goddess of Death (the Academy rarely honors comic book movies with nominations), but she’ll almost certainly dazzle audiences with her wildest role yet.
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