The end of the MCU as we know it? Thor: Ragnarok is coming, and is set to be the most spectacular instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, at least if the awesome posters and trailers are anything to go by.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) might be preoccupied duking it out with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a gladiator-style duel, but there’s some serious competition ahead when it comes to the butt-kicking stakes for our hammer-wielding hero.
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There’s plenty of things to be excited about in Thor: Ragnarok, but perhaps the most exciting thing is the badass new villain, played by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett.
Hela is the goddess of death, based on the figure of Norse mythology, Hel. As if her title of 'goddess of death' wasn’t badass enough, Hela has a host of strengths and abilities, which make her the most terrifying adversary our heroic Thor has faced yet.
Having been imprisoned (for good reasons we imagine!), all “Hel...a” breaks loose after the goddess is accidentally released early. Seeking revenge against those who had imprisoned her, Hela is mad, bad and dangerous, and willing to take down anyone who stands in her way, especially Thor.
With the ability to manifest weapons out of different parts of her body, superhuman strength, and being highly skilled in combat, Hela is not going to go down without a fight, and Thor might just have met his match finally.
Perhaps one of the most shocking moments in the trailer was Hela being able to catch and crush Thor’s hammer with relative ease, where no one else but the mighty Thor has succeeded. We cannot wait to see these two throw down.
Rise of the Valkyrie
Originally set to appear in Thor: The Dark World before the role was scrapped, Ragnarok finally gives us the chance to see the badass Asgardian warrior, Valkyrie, in action.
After her break-out performance in 2015's Creed, Tessa Thompson has been cast as Valkyrie, an ally to Thor against the evil Hela. A former Asgardian, now residing on the realm of Sakaar with the Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum), Valkyrie may have spurned her roots but she is still coerced into joining the fight alongside Thor and Loki (Tom Hiddleston); the latter is hinted at being a possible love interest.
She’ll certainly prove to be a valuable asset to the Asgardian warriors, as she possesses superhuman strength, speed, and agility. She also wields a pretty awesome looking double-edged sword, and is rumoured to be able to drink Thor under the table. We’re expecting sparks to fly on and off the battlefield, and Valkyrie might just end up being our new favourite character.
Revenge of the Sif
It was doubtful whether Jaimie Alexander would be reprising her role as Lady Sif, the powerful ally to Thor and the “Warriors Three”. However she does appear on the cast list so we should be expecting her to make an appearance although the exact nature of her role is a mystery.
With Natalie Portman (as Thor’s girlfriend, Jane) officially done with the series, it is possible that Sif might be Thor’s new love interest. Indeed in the comics this is the case, and there’s certainly been a hint of possible romance in previous films.
Aside from this though, Sif is one of the most badass characters in the MCU, so we’re hoping she shows up to join in the fight and kick butt once again.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.