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Why Hela's going to be the best Thor villain to date


While Chris Hemsworth's Thor is an awesome superhero on his own terms, his appearance in The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron have been more interesting than his stand alone films. This could all change however with Thor: Ragnarok because from what we've seen so far, it looks AWESOME. If you don't believe us, check out the trailer below.

From its cool soundtrack, laugh-out-loud moments and 80s vibe logo, Thor: Ragnarok is set to show us a different side of Thor (not only because of his hair cut) and the whole Asgardian Gods setup. Not to mention the fact that Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is back in a big way.

One thing we're certain of is that Hela, played by Cate Blanchett, might be the best Thor villain on screen so far. Here's why.

Her name

Based on the Norse Goddess Hel, Cate Blanchett's villain is not a God you want to mess with. Hel can translate to 'die', so it can be assumed Hela will not be taking it easy on the mighty Thor.

Hel is so evil that in January of this year, the Icelandic Naming Committee created a rule that banned parents naming children 'Hel' based on the fact that they would live through stress and troubles as they grow up!

Talk about being superstitious. Unlike Loki whose loyalties change from film to film, there is no doubt that Hela is bad through and through. She won’t be turning good in the end if her name literally means die.

Touch of death

As seen in the trailer, Hela is so far the only character in the Thor films and even the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far who can successfully hold Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Captain America got close in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but not even Hulk or Iron Man PLUS War Machine can lift the hammer (Vision can, but he's an anomaly). Yet Hela not only holds it, but crushes it with her bare hands. What's that all about?

One of Hela's powers is a 'touch of death', as suggested by her name. Hela has the ability to kill a person by touch, making her deadly. If she can destroy Thor's hammer with a touch, what could she do to a God or even a mortal? Thor has become very fond of us humans over time, so when facing a threat like Hela, Thor is bound to do everything he can to stop her using this touch on others. The only thing is, how can you defeat a person who has the capability of killing you by one single touch?

She's a god

So far, Thor’s only real threat has been in the form of other Gods and mythical beings in the other movies, namely his mischievous half-brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who returns in Ragnarok.

Seeing as he’s a God, we ‘tiny’ humans are no match for his strength, but Hela…well, she’s a God too. With their superhuman and legendary powers, Gods have to battle it out to cause destruction or harm to each other because the level of power they hold is high.

Therefore Thor, whom we have come to recognise as being insanely strong, will have to work a lot harder to beat Hela as she is just as powerful as he is, if not more so.

It's Cate Blanchett

While Hela is indeed a God and has a special touch that would rival Midas, she’s played by none other than Cate Blanchett! Galadriel from Lord of the Rings, Jasmine in Blue Jasmine, the evil stepmother in Cinderella, and Queen Elizabeth are just some of her most amazing roles, but Blanchett has done a variety of movies and roles to date – Hela is just going to be another role she’ll smash.

Talking with EW, Blanchett revealed: "It was trying to, in the screen time I had, to tease [why Hela’s evil] and to give her a journey really. So hopefully we’re given her a journey, like how you understand why Loki is as screwed up as he is. Hopefully, there’s that satisfaction in watching Hela."

Hela is certainly going to bring hell to Thor: Ragnarok - but is our title character strong enough to withstand her? Find out later this year.

Nadine Shambrook is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.