The fifth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok, is still quite a way off. But that hasn't stopped us getting excited about the demi-God's third solo outing on the big screen.
There's very little solid news about the third Thor film thus far, though it was recently confirmed that Mark Ruffalo's Hulk / Bruce Banner would be making an appearance in the weirdest odd couple in the MCU. We also know now that the wonderful horror-comedy director Taika Waititi is on board to direct, and newcomer Stephany Folsom will pen the script for the Thunder God's hat trick.
But casting is a little more difficult to pin down. Tom Hiddleston will reappear as fan favorite Loki, but it's still unsure what the scope of his role will be (eg. as a main character or a cameo). Chris Hemsworth will of course return as the titular character himself, and Jaimie Alexander will be doing another turn as the badass warrior Lady Sif; but there's no news of Sif's companions - the Warriors Three - or even Idris Elba's all seeing Heimdall as of yet.
The latest rumor flying about has been that of the Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett joining the cast, possibly in a villainous role; and The Hollywood Reporter stated last month that she was officially hammering out the details for her role of a "bad-ass female".
Nice. Could she possibly be Valkyrie? Maybe. Although there is another more villainous character that Blanchett posses the poise and gravitas to play, and that's a long time enemy of Thor - the Enchantress.
Wait, Isn't Enchantress A DC Villain?
Not to be confused with DC's Enchantress (who will make her film debut in this year's Suicide Squad portrayed by Cara Delevingne), the Enchantress is another classic Asgardian villain who has been kicking around as an antagonist of Thor (and a sometime love interest of Heimdall, Loki and Skurge) ever since the 1960s.
There's been two different Enchantresses, but the primary (and more prolific of the two) was the sorceress Amora, one of the most powerful magic users in Asgard and a fickle character - often a villain but sometimes an ally to the Asgardians and the Avengers. The second Enchantress is a relatively new character, first appearing in 2009, so is less likely to be the blueprint for an MCU Enchantress.
Enchantress / Amora is often seen alongside her henchman Skurge the Executioner (above), whom she utilizes just as much as her craft, charm and impressive sorcery. Physically she possess Asgardian strength, speed and stamina, but usually favors magic and manipulation over physically confronting her opponents.
Fiercely intelligent, she's the ultimate femme fatale, using her powers to make herself appear even more beautiful than she is, and she's able to cast a spell which places people under her control once they've kissed her lips.
In this way there's a lot of parallels between the beautiful, captivating and a little-bit-scary elf queen Galadriel, whom Blanchett played in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings trilogies. Can we envision her taking a turn as the Enchantress in a similar role? Definitely.
What's Enchantress' Role In Ragnarök?
Being such an iconic character, Enchantress is of course present during the biggest and most recent Ragnarök event (the one which the film will likely drawn some source material from), but she doesn't last very long during the battle. When the fire demon Surtur teams up with Loki to destroy Asgard by forging new weapons from the mould of Mjölnir she's struck down by energy fired from one of Loki's Mjölnir duplicates.
Her death is notable because she's one of the first big characters to fall during Ragnarök, but it's unlikely that they'd bring her in just to kill her for Thor 3. Besides, like all good comic book characters she doesn't stay dead for long.
Post-Ragnarök, when Thor returns from the death-limbo state he'd been in after the destruction of Asgard, he revives Enchantress along with the other Asgardians (though this was admittedly an accident orchestrated by Loki; she was primarily a villain after all).
Heck, even Tom Hiddleston wants Enchantress in the MCU, so could it be he's finally getting his wish when Blanchett signs up?
Hiddleston: "When I was first reading the comics, [Loki's] relationship with the Enchantress was one of the really fun things I thought would be good to explore. [I] may have even pitched it to Kevin Feige at some point."
If Blanchett does join the cast it will mark her superhero film debut, and yet another Oscar winner added to the studio's already impressive cast roster. For now though we'll have to wait until the talks between her and the studio are finalized to find out who she may be playing in Thor: Ragnarok.