It’s no secret that, as undeniably popular as the studio’s movies are, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s roster of truly awe-inspiring villains is a little, well, lacking. In fact, the only evildoer audiences have truly taken to with any level of intensity is Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, and even the trickster god of Asgard can’t be everywhere at once.
According to MCU veteran Chris Hemsworth, however, fans won’t have to wait much longer for a new bad guy to truly root against — or, perhaps, even root for. Before Thanos makes his bid at becoming the Darth Vader of the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War, Hela arrives in Thor: Ragnarok, and to hear it from her co-star, Cate Blanchett’s Asgardian goddess is not only someone to root against, she may end up being someone audiences root for.
“When villains are just bad, you’re like ‘Yeah okay cool, but it’s boring,’” Hemsworth told Screen Rant during a set visit. “But she has worked really hard. At the start of the film, or sort of pre-production, I was saying ‘Yeah, but what does she really want?’ What is it that Cate can kind of relate to here and say ‘Oh okay, I get what she is and her frustration, what’s driving her’… It’s so far from anything I’ve seen before, and as intimidating and scary as it is interesting. And you have an empathetic view, or feeling toward her a lot of the time from what she’s doing. You go ‘Ahh… she’s got a point maybe’ [Laughs]. And then you’ve got to remind yourself ‘No, she’s trying to kill us all.’
Ragnarok’s director, Taika Waititi, feels the same. During the same set visit, Waititi promised Blanchett will give fans “the most interesting villain that [Marvel has] had. Because she’s multidimensional. She’s layered. She’s troubled. She’s really funny. And you know, it’s not just like ‘[evil laugh] Now if I can finally get the thing, then this will happen!’ There’s a little bit of that, but there’s so many other things going on for her. So I think it’s going to be really satisfying for people. And she’s amazing. That her character, you know, she is very tough. Amazing powers.
“She is Hela,” th director continued, “and she wears the cowl, and she has the antlers, and she looks amazing in the concept art and stuff. Thor in the films has never fought anyone tougher than this lady.”
Arriving Nov. 3, Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.
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