“Thor: Ragnarok” marks a significant milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: The advent of its first lead female villain in the form of Cate Blanchett’s Norse Goddess of Death, Hela.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor spoke about the importance of taking on the role, saying, “…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.”
Blanchett also expressed her surprise that it had taken so long for Marvel to get its first big female baddie on the silver screen, saying, “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.”
Of course, some Marvel film fans, especially Mordo, might point out that Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One from the recent “Doctor Strange” movie had a villainous side to her character for using energy from Dark Dimension to extend her life, but it looks like even her actions would pale in villainess stakes against Hela.
As Blanchett puts it, her character has “been locked away for millennia, getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she get unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box.” A Death Goddess with millennia of pent-up frustrations? That sounds like someone nobody should antagonize.
Directed by Taika Waititi from screenplay by Eric Pearson, “Thor: Ragnarok” also stars Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban. The film opens November 3.
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