We’re all still dying over those gorgeous Ragnarok photos, from the awesome look of Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie to the multicolored costume of Jeff Goldblum’s Game Master. Cate Blanchett’s Norse Death Goddess has also turned multiple heads. She’s a big deal, she’s the first female marvel villain to appear on the silver screen ever (Ever! Can you believe it?) As the Norse Goddess of death she’s poised to wield mystical powers from supernatural strength to a hand of glory that causes a touch of death, as a character she’s a sign of some major changes within the house of ideas.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor got brutally honest about Hela’s place in the MCU, ““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.” The actress went on to express her surprise that it took this long to have female villainy in Marvel Movies.
“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.”
While the television universe hasn’t shied away from female villains and anti-heroes like oscar nominee Ruth Negga’s Raina or the promise of Sigourney Weaver’s feature villain in The Defenders, the films are a bit behind in terms of villains and diverse villains in particular. Cate Blanchett’s Hela, according to the actor, has been locked away for years and she’s poised to go on a roaring rampage of revenge.
“She’s been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she get unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box.
Here’s hoping that Hela sticks around after the film! It’ll be interesting to see her team up with characters like Loki, who was Marvel’s first truly terrifying big bad. Are you excited to see it? Intrigued by the team up? Tell us about it in the comments below.
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban. The film opens November 3rd.