After watching the record-breaking first trailer of Thor: Ragnarok, Cate Blanchett has proven that she is the most powerful villain that the God of Thunder will ever face. In fact, according to word makings its rounds on the internet, her reign of terror will continue to Avengers: Infinity War.
Ragnarok and the Destruction of the Entire Universe
The first official trailer for the anticipated third movie from the Thor franchise introduced Hela, the first female villain of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The goddess of death promised destruction and, based on the technicolored two-minute video released earlier this week, that hell is coming to Asgard.
But it seems that the character will play a bigger role in the MCU. Speculations claim that Hela might not be just the Asgardian Goddess of Death, but maybe Death herself.
Destroying Asgard and a portion of New York led several fans to believe that Blanchett’s character is more powerful than they initially thought. Moreover, she seems to be one of the few people who has the ability to control Mjolnir, and shatter it.
As fans know too well, Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) hammer can only be wielded by those who are worthy. There are exceptions, of course. Beings with no souls like Vision (Paul Bethany) were able to lift the weapon before.
This backs the theory that she will be MCU’s Lady Death. Coupled with her dark clothing, pale skin, and unquenchable thirst for destruction and death, it further strengthens the evidence that the character is a mix of two powerful comic book figures.
To recall, Lady Death is the object of Thanos’ (Josh Brolin) affection. The Mad Titan kills to appease her thirst. But ComicBook.com thinks that Hela/Lady Death might team up with Thanos in his quest to collect all Infinity Stones and acquire the Infinity Gauntlet. With Corvus Glaive and the Black Order reportedly joining the event, the Avengers will have a hard time taking them down.
Hela’s Loki Connection
Meanwhile, Hela is not just one interesting villain who people tagged as the female Loki (Tom Hiddleston). She is the daughter of the God of Mischief.
Like his Norse mythology counterpart, Marvel’s Loki gets around quite a bit, Movie Pilot pointed out. He fathered the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Jormungandr and the eight-legged horse Sleipnir.
Hela is born in Jotunheim, the land of giants. She is the daughter of the giantess Angrbooa. When she came of age, she was appointed by Odin as the ruler of Hel.
In true comic book fashion, the story gets more complicated. While Hela is the daughter of Loki, she is not the daughter of the God of Mischief that fans know and love. Ragnarok, the destruction of gods, is an event that happens as a cycle. Each Ragnarok destroyed Asgard and all of its inhabitants. Then, it recreates them all over again.
That said, the true father of Hela was killed by Ragnarok a couple of cycles ago. But because Hela rules Hel which exists outside of Asgard, it is not affected by Ragnarok.
It is unclear if the familial connection between Hela and Loki will exist in the MCU. But considering that Blanchett is ten years older than Hiddleston, it might not be explored at all.
However, like their comic book counterparts, Loki and Hela might team up and destroy Asgard. While Ragnarok once again threatens his homeworld, Loki sits quite comfortably beside the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in Sakaar while Thor battles his friend from work the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). Perhaps, the God of Mischief hopes to take over once Ragnarok recreates Asgard?
Thor: Ragnarok will land on the big screen on Nov. 3.
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