‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Star Cate Blanchett Wants More Female Villains In The MCU

Hela Cate BlanchettThis November’s Thor: Ragnarok marks the seventeenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception in 2008 with Iron Man, but only the first to feature a woman as its main antagonist. The upcoming film is set to introduce audiences to the villainous Hela, played by Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett, who hopes that her role will lead to more female antagonists in the MCU.

Speaking with E! News after the Marvel Studios Hall H panel at Comic Con International in San Diego this past weekend, Blanchett had the following to say on the matter:

“I didn’t realize… I was inhabiting the first female Marvel villain onscreen. I thought, ‘Surely not… well, no actually that’s true.’ There’s been many, many, many [female villains] in the comic books, but they’ve been a little tardy in bringing them to the screen, so hopefully there will be a lot more villainesses.”

Blanchett also commented on perhaps the most discussed scene from the film’s two trailers — the one where Hela destroys Thor’s beloved hammer, Mjolnir.

“That had me at ‘hello’ actually. I thought that was really exciting that they were prepared to destroy Thor’s power in the first few minutes. It’s a nice entrance.”

Are you excited to see Blanchett’s portrayal of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok? Be sure to let us know in the comment section below!

Directed by Taika Waititi, Ragnarok also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson,  Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Here’s the official synopsis:

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok“, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladictorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Thor: Ragnarok opens in theaters on November 3, 2017.

Source:  E! News

5 Best Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains So Far

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Best MCU VillainsThe Marvel Cinematic Universe is a branching property. With its stories being told across film and television this juggernaut of a franchise has introduced many characters throughout the years, including superheroes, side characters and anti-heroes, but some of the most interesting are certainly the villains.

Villains are important to give the hero someone to face and to allow them to be heroic, but they should also be their own characters. They shouldn’t exist solely for the hero, but on their own terms. While the MCU has had some bumps along the road when it comes to villains there have been a few that have really shined as unique and interesting.

Here are the 5 best villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. This list contains spoilers. Click Next to continue.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.