Marvel has been dropping major casting bombshells these past few weeks, and though most of it has been revolving around Black Panther, the [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) team got into the action today with some big announcements of its own. Earlier, Jeff Goldblum and Karl Urban were announced as having been added to the cast, and Cate Blanchett was confirmed as playing the villain Hela.
The studio also released the first concept art for the film, including an imagining of how Hela might look. Take a gander:
Check out that headdress. This concept art might as well have been ripped straight from the comics. Even though the actual costume will probably have to be toned down a bit for logistical reasons, it's nice to see Marvel is going for a truly authentic look and isn't afraid to embrace the over-the-top aesthetic of Asgard's inhabitants. Compare it to this panel from the comics:
In the comics, Hela is a supervillainess and Goddess of Death, appointed by Odin himself. She rules over the dead in the realms of Hel and Niflheim. What's more, she has some legendary powers — truly, she is a formidable foe. Aside from standing seven feet tall (she is the daughter of an alternate version of Loki and a giantess, after all), she possesses the usual superhuman abilities: speed, strength, durability, stamina, agility. You get the picture. Her powers are derived from her mystical cloak, which she's virtually never without. And, much like everyone in the Nine Realms, Hela is a proficient fighter with her sword, Nightsword.
But her real power comes by magic, which she wields as expertly as anyone in the Marvel Universe. Like Loki, she can astrally project herself and create illusions, as well as fire bolts of energy from her hands. She can levitate and increase her strength to an insane degree, being able to go toe to toe with Thor in combat. She also has the power to kill someone with a touch or raise them from the dead, as well as travel back and forth between any of the Nine Realms almost instantaneously.
What I'm saying is that basically, she's a badass, and as the rumor is she'll be teaming up with Loki, we can only imagine the havoc the two of them will wreak on Asgard. Can we expect the fallout from Thor: Ragnarok to affect the events of Infinity War? It seems likely at this point.
Regardless, Marvel is firing on all cylinders right now in terms of casting, and this movie went from being one of my least anticipated upcoming Marvel films to one of my most anticipated. What about you?