Cate Blanchett has been earning rave reviews for her villainous turn as Hela in Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, but things could have worked out very differently had Marvel went with its original plan of utilising the villain in Thor: The Dark World.
“Hela was almost the villain in Thor 2,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Slash Film. “It didn’t happen for various reasons… Thank God it didn’t [happen] because now we have Cate Blanchett and Taika Waititi doing it.”
As it turned out, Marvel opted to use Malekith the Accursed as the main villain for Thor: The Dark World, with Christopher Eccleston portraying the character.
Meanwhile, in other Hela-related news, Marvel’s visual development superviser has shared a rather niece piece of artwork featuring the Goddess of Death; take a look here…
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk.
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features a cast that includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Karl Urban as Skurge, Taika Waititi as Korg, Clancy Brown as Surtur, Rachel House as Topaz, Tadanobu Asano as Hogun, Ray Stevenson as Volstagg and Zachary Levi as Fandral.