*WARNING! This Is All SPOILER Material*
By now you’ve probably heard that Thor: Ragnarok is going to be the most ambitious film about the God of Thunder yet. It’s been clear from the outset that Marvel is putting a lot of resources into the sequel- much more than it did for Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Those last two films were flicks you could’ve probably skipped and still not missed a beat while watching either Avengers movies. But, just as an old scoop of ours claimed, it’s starting to look more and more like someone we meet in Thor: Ragnarok is going to be an absolutely huge part of Avengers: Infinity War.
In our original story, we revealed the possibility that Cate Blanchett’s Hela was going to stand in for Death in the cinematic version of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline. In that story, one of the main motivations Thanos has is a desire to woo Death. Based on our intel, we have a strong reason to believe that Death will be replaced by Hela in Avengers: Infinity War.
Kevin Feige, known as the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was asked about this and refused to answer one way or the other- Which is kind of an answer in and of itself.
“Anything is possible, but knowledge of the comics can be both beneficial to fans anticipating things, and also misleading,” Feige told Vulture. “So you’ll have to see.” He also implied that Thanos’ motivations will be more fleshed out than they were in the books, and that courting Death (or Hela) won’t be the only thing driving him.
Feige then went on to praise Blanchett’s work. “I would be psyched if I were you,” he gushed, about her performance. “Put it this way: Her part is wrapped, and we haven’t done any effects yet. Even without any effects at all â€” I’m talking dots on her costume, and green screen â€” it’s amazing.“
This wouldn’t be the first time a Thor film has introduced us to a primary Avengers villain, as Loki was introduced in the character’s first solo movie. But when you consider that they’ve hired two-time Academy Award-winner Blanchett to play Hela, and that Avengers: Infinity War will be loosely based on the Infinity Gauntlet books, it seems like the connection between what we see in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War will be far more important.