As we’ve seen so far from all the trailers and marketing for Marvel Studios’ upcoming flick, Thor: Ragnarok, Hela will be the big bad of the flick. The footage we’ve seen shows her raining mass destruction down on Asgard, and we can’t help but wonder why.
Why is Hela so mad at Thor and the Asgardians? Speaking during a set visit, actress Cate Blanchett addressed Hela’s motivations, saying:
“Well she’s been banished for a very long time… under the Asgardian Stairs, for 5,000 years. You’d be a little bit cross. But I think it’s very interesting to bring the concept of Death into a world that’s ostensibly immortal. You know, you look at the Western world and in most cultures, Death has been banished from the world in which, you know, most Western people live. And as a result, I think it’s made life rather screwed up.”
It admittedly sounds a little bit shallow, but it’s no surprise that someone who’s been banished for 5,000 years is just a little bit grumpy. That being said, with a film that looks to be embracing the fun factor as much as it is, the stakes and motivations don’t always need to be complex.
We can only hope that there’s more nuance than the explanation implies. Marvel Studios has been doing a better job with their villains as of late, and I’d like for that rend to continue in Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
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