– by Seth McDonald

Sporting a new haircut, along with a new attitude, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be the best entry into the franchise. The initial trailer had a tone and feel very similar to Guardians of the Galaxy. Along with the new look and demeanor, the film’s villain, Hela, will be portrayed by two-time Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett. The film’s director, Taika Waititi recently spoke with Screen Rant, and expressed why he thinks Hela is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most interesting villain and how Thor has never faced an adversary as formidable as her.

Kate is the first female villain. And if I’m honest for me, 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. She’s amazing. Her character, you know, she is very tough. Amazing powers. She IS Hela, 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.”

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The way Waititi talks about her, Hela will be a villain with more character depth than we are used to seeing in a Marvel movie, which could prove to be interesting. While I enjoyed the first two Thor films, I never really put them at the level of the other installments into the MCU. I like the character and thought the casting of Chris Hemsworth, who I think plays the role well, was near perfection. The films didn’t seem to get a full dose of the Marvel magic I was used to seeing. Hopefully Blanchett can use her talents to bring some of that missing magic to the franchise.

Though Cate Blanchett is thought of as more of a proper actress, she has shown she can take on most any role. She had a wonderful turn in the Lord of the Rings films as Galadriel, and one of the odder roles she embraced was taking on a version of folk singer Bob Dylan way back in 2005’s I’m Not There. So it should be well within her range to play a cosmic villain in a superhero movie, especially one that we are told has a lot of depth. Michael Keaton’s Vulture wowed fans in Spider-man: Homecoming, and many fans have since put him in the top spot as far as villains in the MCU. We will have to wait just a little while longer to see if Blanchett’s Hela can take down Keaton’s Vulture. Since watching the first trailer the film has just given off this new vibe and I have a feeling Thor: Ragnarok is going to be a ‘hella’ good time at the theater.

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SOURCE: Screen Rant