Cate Blanchett Explains Her ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Villain Hela, Goddess of Death

Thursday, 09 March 2017 - 8:45PM
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Thursday, 09 March 2017 - 8:45PM
Cate Blanchett Explains Her ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Villain Hela, Goddess of Death
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Yesterday, we learned more about Thor: Ragnarok through some official set photos released by Marvel Studios. And beyond just Thor, the photos gave us our first good look at the film's villain Hela (Cate Blanchett) in all her glory.

For those who don't know much about the character from Marvel comics, Blanchett went more in-depth about Thor's first female supervillain in an interview with EW. Blanchett says she's thrilled to be in an MCU film, since the franchise has fewer opportunities for women. "There's so much untapped potential villainy in women," she explained, "It's really exciting."





We already know that her character of Hela, the goddess of death, will be giving Thor a hard time after she's accidentally unleashed from prison. Exploring 
Hela's backstory is important to the two time Oscar-winning actress. Blanchett did her research into Hela's origins in the comics to ensure she knew the history of the character. She believes the key to an interesting villain is not how they are evil, but why.

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"It's easy to play bad but, like when I was in Cinderella, like what makes the stepmother evil is interesting. So, it was trying to, in the screen time I had, to tease that stuff and to give her a journey really. So hopefully [we've] given her a journey, like how you understand why Loki is as screwed up as he is. Hopefully, there's that satisfaction in watching Hela."
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Among other things, Blanchett teased as to how her character's headdress will come into play, saying, "She's able to manifest weapons. Her headdress can be weapons. She can manifest weapons out of different parts of her body. I won't tell you which - I'll leave that hanging." She also praised the film's director, Taika Waititi (who also directed the short films of Thor and his roommate), referring to him as "sort of part sumo wrestler, part showgirl, part father you always wanted to have." 

Blanchett will be joining Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Jeff Goldblum, and others in the film. 




Thor: Ragnarok comes out on November 3, 2017.

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