Thor: Ragnarok is quietly becoming one of my most anticipated Marvel films. I was already a fan of Thor, but the cast that is going to be included is absolutely insane; Karl Urban, Jeff Goldblum and Mark Ruffalo to name a few. The one person I think I am most interested in, however, is Cate Blanchett, who'll be playing Hela. She is set to be the film's primary villain, and anyone who knows her backstory will understand we are in for one dark and powerful journey!
So Who Is Hela Exactly?
In the comics, Hela is the daughter of Loki and a giant named Angrboða. She was born in Jotunheim, the land of giants, and when she came of age, Odin appointed her the Goddess Of Death.
Hela constantly tried to bring her reign of the dead to Valhalla and was usually unsuccessful, mainly because of the efforts from Odin and Thor. One storyline in the comics that could be crucial to the Infinity War films is when Hela steals a portion of Odin's soul and create's the entity Infinity, which is very prominent in the Infinity War books. Infinity has no physical body, yet is everywhere all at once. It made for a very interesting dynamic that we could see brought to the fore in Infinity War. Hela is a big part of catapulting us into this story arc and I think we will see something similar play out in Thor: Ragnarok.
What Are Her Powers And Abilities?
Aside from the basic combat abilities, such as excellent swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat, Hela excels in magical abilities, particular very dark ones. She has the power to throw energy from her hands that can age or even kill Asgardians. She possesses the typical powers of Asgardians, such as strength, durability and speed. Similar to Scarlet Witch, she can use her magic to cast illusions in one's mind and defeat them mentally. Her most powerful ability, however, is her so-called Hand of Glory, which increases her punch strength to the point where she can kill even an Asgardian with a single blow.
Being that Hela is the Goddess of Death, she is able to collect the souls from the living. She can kill mortals with a single touch, although she generally stayed away from mortal beings and let the Valkyries handle them. Hela is basically immortal due to the powers of her cape, which allows her magical ability to be enhanced and for her to retain her youthful good looks. When she take off her cape, however, she turns into a decaying shell of herself. Hela is definitely one of the most powerful beings in Marvel and in Ragnarok we should see some really epic battles.
Hela Will Be A Much Bigger Deal Than You Think
Not only will she play a huge role in Thor: Ragnarok, I think Hela will have lasting implications for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We may see the unleashing of Infinity, which could catapult us into Infinity War. The cast of this film is absolutely fantastic and Blanchett is tailor-made for this role. I can't wait to see what happens!
What do you think about Cate Blanchett playing Hela?