The first images from Thor: Ragnarok have dropped, along with a synopsis that teases a surprisingly tragic development for the God of Thunder himself. Let's be real though, even with all that talk about Thor losing Mjolnir, and a very colorful Jeff Goldblum, Cate Blanchett's rockstar villain Hela really stole the show.
The Oscar winning actress will portray one of #Marvel's first female villains, a rare opportunity which she was only too eager to take, as Blanchett revealed to Entertainment Weekly.
Quick to criticize Marvel's bias towards male characters, Blanchett told EW that she thinks this is about to change.
"Well let’s face it: 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. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys."
EW focused on the #MCU's lack of female villains so far — in 19 years and 15 movies, all of the main antagonists have been male. Asked how she felt about Hela being something of a trailblazer, here was Blanchett's response:
"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."
2017 marks the arrival not just of Marvel's first villain but its second, too. The main antagonist for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is Ayesha, the golden-skinned superbeing from a planet of genetically enhanced aliens. This makes her the first female villain in an MCU movie, though there are rumors that she is merely a lackey, with the main villain lurking behind the scenes.
Hela, on the other hand, is definitely Thor: Ragnarok's Big Bad. The Goddess of Death herself, Hela has been imprisoned for millennia — now she's been unleashed, "she ain’t getting back in that box", as Blanchett puts it. The actress is eager to portray this fascinating character from the Marvel comics, especially her ability to manifest weapons from her own body. And if that doesn't persuade you that Hela will be the best thing about Ragnarok, nothing will.
What do you think of this first look at Hela?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)
[Poll image credit: Marvel / EW]