– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Cate Blanchett is more than thrilled to be Thor‘s first female villain in Thor: Ragnarok, and as sweet as she appears in interviews, she seems to relish in this role. In an interview with EW, they ask Blanchett to explain how she feels about being Hela – The Goddess of Death.

“I think that’s where you put the period in the sentence, right? She arrives with a lot of baggage. She’s a little bit cross. She’s 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.”

Most of the roles she has played, she has been a darling, and usually has some type of love interest. But that is not the only reason she wanted to play Hela.

“Well 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. I’ve seen so many of the Marvel franchises, particularly being the mother of four. They tend to be the only type of film particularly having young boys. But for me as an actor, this is separate is my desire to work with [director] Taika Waititi.”

She further elaborated on being a lead female villain.

“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.”

I think there is a bigger picture here we may be missing. She is the only lead female villain in ANY MCU movie to date. We know Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will have Ayesha, but we still have a few months for that, and for all we know it could actually be Ego as the main bad. Take a look at the movies we have seen so far and their main villains:


  1. Iron Man (2008) – Obadiah Stane

  2. The Incredible Hulk (2008) – Abomination and General Ross

  3. Iron Man 2 (2010) – Whiplash and Justin Hammer

  4. Thor (2011) – Loki

  5. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) – The Red Skull

  6. The Avengers (2012) – Loki

  7. Iron Man 3 (2013) – Aldrich Killian

  8. Thor: The Dark World (2013) – Malekith

  9. Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) – Alexander Pierce

  10. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – Ronan

  11. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – Ultron

  12. Ant-Man (2015) – YellowJacket

  13. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Zemo

  14. Doctor Strange (2016) – Kaecilius and Dormammu

In fact the only real female villain period I can think of is Nebula (who appears to be at least semi-good in GotG2) and Maya Hansen (who died to save Tony’s life). This needs to change because there are a ton of sadistic female villains in the Marvel comics.

Can anyone here think of a female villain I am missing in any MCU movie? What about a female villain to could adapt well from the comics? Let’s hear your thoughts!

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Source: EW

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.